Yellowstone to begin spring plowing

JACKSON, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park Service said that roads in the park will begin to close to oversnow travel on Sunday, March 7.

Each spring, park roads close while crews clear a winter’s worth of packed snow from the Grand Loop. Depending on conditions, the amount of road cleared in a day can be measured in miles or yards.

Spring plowing will start as road segments close, and all oversnow travel will end for the season March 15 at 9 p.m. Weather-permitting, some park roads will reopen to automobile travel on April 16 at 8 a.m.

Road closure dates (gates close at 9 p.m.)

  • March 7, Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
  • March 9, Norris to Madison, Norris to Canyon Village
  • March 14, Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge
  • March 15, all remaining groomed roads

Visitor services closure dates

  • At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel and cabins, Gift Shop, Ski Shop, and food services will close March 1. The Mammoth Campground, Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, Medical Clinic, and self-serve fuel pumps stay open all year.
  • At Old Faithful, the Bear Den Gift Shop and Geyser Grill will close March 15.
  • Warming hut closure dates range between March 1 and March 15.

The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction to Cooke City, Montana, is open to automobiles all year. At Tower Junction, self-serve fuel pumps are available all year.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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