YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — In the spring of 1922, park crews shoveled by hand to make way for visitors traveling into Yellowstone by car. Crews cleared snow from the Mammoth to Norris road through Swan Lake Flats.

So maybe grandparents don’t lie, you really had to earn it back then.

While crews are certainly more efficient these days, many park roads are still closed in the spring for snow removal operations.

Yellowstone’s winter season came to a close on March 5 and most of its roads have closed to the public in preparation for the park’s spring opening.

The South, West and East entrances closed on March 15.

The following roads have also closed:

  • March 5: Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
  • March 7: Norris to Madison, Norris to Canyon Village
  • March 12: Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge Junction
  • March 15: South, West and East entrances and all remaining groomed roads

The park also utilizes the spring and summer months for improvements to its roads and other construction projects.

Beginning in May, YNP will begin work on four projects that will cause delays for visitors to Old Faithful to West Thumb, Lewis River Bridge and the Northeast Entrance Road. 

Read further about Yellowstone’s upcoming projects here.