Get Ready, Get Set, Celebrate the Opening of Yellowstone

Old Faithful Geyser soon after the opening of a new spring season in Yellowstone. Photo by Bruce Gourley.

Friday, April 20, is a day that many Yellowstone National Park lovers around the world have anxiously been awaiting: the day select roads in the park will open for the 2018 spring season.

More than five months after park roads (with the exception of the northern entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs to northeast entrance, which is open year-round) closed to auto traffic in early November, the public will be able to easily access Old Faithful, Canyon and other destinations within the world’s oldest and foremost national park.

Locals especially enjoy the less-crowded months of April and May. In April the boardwalks around Old Faithful Geyser are often mostly deserted. And in May, baby bison and elk are the stars among the park’s wild occupants.

The following park roads will open on April 20:

West entrance to Madison
Madison to Old Faithful
Norris to Canyon Village

Be advised that Madison Hot Springs to Norris may or may not open on April 20 due to road conditions.

Road updates and alerts will be available at Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village, and West Yellowstone visitor centers, by calling (307) 344-2117, or by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).