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    The following information is provided by the National Park Service. Please check with Park personnel at the entry gates for up-to-date information, or call the National Park Service: 307-344-7381.
    Updated: 24 January 2007

    2006 / 2007 Road Opening & Closing Schedule

    WINTER - GROOMED ROADS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    20 Dec 2006 - Wednesday

    All groomed roads open to the public at 8:00 am for winter activities (snowshoe, ski, snowcoach, snowmobile, etc.).

    Please note that East, South and West entrances and roads are NOT OPEN 24 hours 7 days a week in winter. The East, South and West entrances and roads close in the evening to early morning for grooming.

    Please be aware that the North Entrance is open 24 hours / 7 days a week, year round to normal vehicle travel.

    2007 Winter Road Closing Schedule
    04 March - 9:00 PM Mammoth to Norris road will close to oversnow vehicle (snowmobile and snowcoach) traffic for spring plowing
    06 March - 9:00 PM Madison Junction to Norris and Norris Junction to Canyon Roads close
    11 March - 9:00 PM All other groomed park roads close to oversnow traffic

    Due to nightly road closures from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am, roads close at 9:00 pm the night before the days listed above. These dates are all weather-dependent.

    Spring Opening Schedule for the Year 2007

    Spring weather is unpredictable; roads may be closed temporarily by snow or other weather conditions. Snow tires or chains may be required. Weather and snow conditions permitting, tentative road opening dates for vehicles are:

    North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana to Mammoth to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana is open all year.

    2007 Road Opening Schedule
    20 Apr 2007 - Fri Mammoth to Norris, Norris to Canyon, Norris to Madison, Madison to Old Faithful, West Entrance to Madison roads open
    04 May 2007 - Fri Canyon to Lake to East Entrance roads open
    11 May 2007 - Fri Old Faithful to the South Entrance and Lake to West Thumb (or earlier if conditions allow); Tower Junction to Tower Fall
    25 May 2007 - Fri Tower Fall to Chittenden Road opens; Beartooth Pass (Highway 212 - Northeast Entrance to the park)

    The scheduled opening dates in May are the earliest possible dates; some routes may actually open later. Please call: 307-344-7381 or check locally to verify openings tentatively scheduled throughout the month of May. Some roads will also open, as conditions allow, for Hiking, Spring Bicycle travel, roller blading and skate boarding possibly beginning somewhere between mid to the end of March.

    Once an Entrance / Road opens, it is open 24 hours 7 days a week. Exceptions are caused by road construction, fires and weather related restrictions.

    Please refer to the Calendar Page and Road Construction Schedule for information regarding closures not related to the weather.


    Autumn Closing Schedule for the Year 2007

    The only park road that remains open to wheeled vehicles all year is the road from Gardiner, Montana at the North Park Entrance (at Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth, Silver Gate & Cook City, Montana near the Northeast Park Entrance. Please Note, travel east of Cooke City, Montana is NOT POSSIBLE during the winter season.

    Other roads close at 8:00 am on the following schedule:

    2007 Road Closing Schedule
    09 Oct 2007 - Tue Beartooth Highway, Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
    05 Nov 2007 - Mon East, South and West Entrances Close. All park roads close at 8:00 am except the North Entrance (at Gardiner, Montana) road to Mammoth, Silver Gate & Cooke City, Montana

    The Park Service will normally allow individual non-motorized travel (snowshoe, ski, etc.) from the fall closing date until just before winter over snow vehicle travel begins. This activity is limited to the Mammoth to the West Entrance road.

    The North Entrance road to Upper Mammoth Terrace and Mammoth, to Tower Junction, and to the Northeast Entrance remains open to wheeled vehicles year round. Snow tires and/or chains may be required.Please Note, that in winter, US Highway 212 (Beartooth Highway) is CLOSED east of Cooke City, Montana. It is open to east west travel in spring, summer and fall.

    Please refer to the Calendar Page and Road Construction Schedule for information regarding closures not related to the weather.


    PLEASE NOTE:

    Some Park Areas, Entrances and Roads are Not Accessible Year Round.

    Visit the Calendar Page for additional scheduled opening and closing dates for Areas, Campgrounds, Entrances, Lodging, Roads, and more.

    Spring

    Early Spring Activities in Yellowstone are a great way to both see and enjoy the park. This time period allows the unique opportunity for non-motorized use of certain park roads. Bicycling, hiking, jogging, roller blades, roller skis, and similar means of non-motorized travel are permitted between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs ONLY from about mid March through the third Thursday in April. The opening date in March is weather dependent.

    The East and South Entrances and roads are Not Open for these early spring activities. The road from Madison Junction to Old Faithful will Not Open for spring activities during this time. Please Note, there will be some administrative vehicles traveling the roads at this time. See the Biking Page for a map and more information. You may verify which specific roads are open to such activities by calling: 307-344-2109.

    Summer

    Park Areas, Entrances and Roads open on different dates. Detailed information is listed below and on the Calendar Page.

    The Summer Season runs from approximately mid April to the beginning of November.

    Once an Entrance / Road opens, it is open 24 hours 7 days a week. Exceptions may be caused by road construction, fires and weather related restrictions.

    Winter

    The season runs from approximately mid December to mid March.

    The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana to the Northeast Entrance at Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana is open to wheeled vehicle use year round. Snow tires and/or chains may be required. Only over snow vehicles are allowed on other park roads.

    Please Note, US Highway 212 (Beartooth Highway) east of Cooke City, Montana is CLOSED during the winter season.


    Also see: Road Construction Page and the Construction Map and the Activity and Calendar Page


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