YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park is just one week out from welcoming visitors for the 2022/23 winter season.

Conditions permitting, most park roads will open on Thursday, Dec. 15, to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach.

Annually from mid-December until mid-March, visitors travel most of the park’s roads by commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches and via the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program.

Prior to opening for the winter season, Yellowstone has released the following “Top Things to Know in Winter”:

Most Park Roads are Closed to Automobiles

The only exception is the road between the North and Northeast entrances, which is open to automobiles all year, conditions permitting. Check the road status map before you leave. Drive cautiously and watch out for snowplows. Do not stop, stand, or walk in the road. Use a pullout if you need to stop for any reason.

Services are Limited

Most facilities are closed during winter. Check winter operating hours for visitor centers, stores, restaurants, lodges and warming huts. Fill up on fuel and pack extra food and water.

Prepare for Winter Conditions

Winter temperatures range from zero to 20°F (-20°C to -5°C) throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night and at higher elevations. Check current weather conditions, pack proper clothing and equipment, and review winter safety tips!

Do Not Approach or Feed Wildlife

The safest way to view wildlife is through a telephoto lens, a spotting scope or a pair of binoculars. Stay 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves and 25 yards (23 m) from all other wildlife. Animals always have the right of way. Expect to encounter bison and other wildlife on park roads. Slow down or pull over until they pass or move off the road.

Stay on Boardwalks

People have been severely injured or killed by breaking through thin ground in thermal basins or falling into hot springs. Snow-packed boardwalks can be slippery, especially near thermal areas. Wear traction aids over your shoes or boots.

Connectivity is Limited

You will likely not receive calls or texts, even in the few areas you have cell reception.