Yellowstone Opening and Closing Dates

to plan your trip to Wonderland



Facilities in Yellowstone open and close on a staggered basis. The dates listed are always subject to change due to weather conditions. Links are provided whenever possible to give you more information and to double check on the opening or closing date.

Lodging inside Yellowstone is handled by Xanterra. Many find it cheapest to make reservations directly with them, either through their website or by calling directly.


  • Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth – this link also takes you to information on the other visitor centers in Yellowstone.
  • Mammoth Campground – First come, first served – no reservations – Live view of what’s available.
  • The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana, via Tower Junction is open twenty-four hours a day, all year to auto travel, but is closed to the east of Cooke City.





Winter 2016-17

With the current winter use plan for Yellowstone, you will need to have a guided snowmobile tour or Snow Coach to access the park. Links to authorized companies can be found here.

For the 2017 Winter Season, the only accommodations inside the park are at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Mammoth Springs Hotel is closed for renovations.


  • DECEMBER 15, 2016 (OPENING DAY):
    • ROADS – Conditions permitting, the park will open at 8 am to oversnow vehicles from Mammoth to Madison; Madison to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; from Old Faithful to West Thumb; from South to Lake Butte Overlook, from Canyon to Lake and from Canyon to Norris.
    • Madison Warming Hut hopens
  • DECEMBER 16, 2016:
  • DECEMBER 22, 2016:
    • ROADS – Conditions permitting, East Entrance Road (from East to Lake Butte) will open at 8 am.
  • FEBRUARY 27, 2017:
  • MARCH 1, 2017:
    • ROADS – East Entrance, from entrance to Lake Butte, closes at 9 pm.
  • MARCH 5, 2017:
    • ROADS – Mammoth to Norris Junction closes at 9 pm.
  • MARCH 7, 2017:
    • ROADS – Norris Junction to Madison Junction, and Norris Junction to Canyon closes at 9 pm
  • MARCH 12, 2017:
    • ROADS – Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge Junction closes at 9 pm.
  • MARCH 15, 2017:
    • ROADS – Remaining groomed roads in the park close at 9 pm.
    • Geyser Grill & Bear Den Gift Shop closes at 2 pm. (Located in Old Faithful Snow Lodge)
    • Madison Warming Hut closes


SUMMER 2017: Spring Road Opening Dates

April 21: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
May 5: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass).
May 12: Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and South Entrance to West Thumb; Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
May 26: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
May 26: Beartooth Highway