Spring views of the park road near the South Entrance | NPS Photo – Jacob W. Frank

It’s time for Yellowstone’s main roads to open up for the season. The nation’s first national park sees only 3-4 snow-free months each year, and many of the park entrances are closed throughout the winter.

Weather-permitting, the following roads will open Friday, May 14, at 8 a.m. to public motorists: 

  • South Entrance to West Thumb 
  • Lake Village to West Thumb 
  • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)  

Conditions can change quickly, especially during spring and fall, and roads can temporarily close due to poor driving conditions. 

For road status updates: 

  • Visit park roads.  
  • Text “82190” to 888-777 to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). 
  • Call (307) 344-2117. 

For road construction information: 

  • Visit road construction
  • Expect traffic pattern changes and/or delays at the North Entrance and Old Faithful area.  
  • The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Village is closed for the 2021 season.