YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — With winter around the corner, this weekend will be the last chance for vistors planning to drive to locations in Yellowstone.

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday Nov. 8, 2021, the West, South and East entrances and all roads, with one exception, will close to vehicle travel.  Each year, the Park closes roads in early November to prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snow-coach travel, which will begin Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The one exception to the closures is the road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance and communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana. This road is open all year, weather-permitting. Travel east of Cooke City is not possible from late fall to spring because a segment of US 212 (Beartooth Highway) between Cooke City and Pilot Creek is closed to vehicle travel.

If visitors plan to drive in the park during the fall and winter:

  • Prepare for changing weather conditions.
  • Have flexible travel plans.
  • Expect limited services.
  • This time of year, most services are open in Mammoth Hot Springs and closed elsewhere in the park.
  • Check Operating Hours and Seasons for details.
  • Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.
  • Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice.

For road condition updates:

  • Visit the Park Roads website
  • Call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information.
  • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.