MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming — This weekend, Nov. 3 and 4, provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in Yellowstone National Park. The West, South and East entrances and all roads, with one exception, will close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. Monday so the park can prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Dec. 15.
The one exception is the road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana. This road is open all year, weather permitting. Travel east of Cooke City (via the Beartooth Highway) is not possible from late fall to late spring.
If you plan to drive to and in the park during the fall and winter, have flexible travel plans and prepare for changing weather conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. Visit Park Roads for the status of Yellowstone roads. Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
Extensive information for planning a winter visit in Yellowstone, including information about lodging, camping, services, and activities, is available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yell.
All communities near Yellowstone are open year-round, with local businesses offering a wide range of fall and winter recreation opportunities. For information about communities in Montana (Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Silver Gate), visit www.visitmt.com. For information about Wyoming communities (Cody and Jackson), visit www.wyomingtourism.org. And if your travel plans to the park take you through Idaho, visit www.visitidaho.org.