Yellowstone’s winter season has officially drawn to a close, which means most roads except for the Northern Range are closed to personal vehicles and park staff are currently hard at work plowing the snow packed interior roads for the upcoming spring season.
If you’re planning a spring visit to the world’s first national park, keep in mind the following roads will open to the public at 8 a.m. on these dates (weather permitting):
April 19: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village
May 3: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village
May 10: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall
May 24: Tower Fall to Canyon Village (Dunraven Pass)
May 24: Beartooth Highway
Yellowstone’s Northern Range—which includes the road from Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City—is open year-round to private vehicles. There are plenty of things to do this time of year along the Northern Range; click here for a guide to this lesser-traveled, wildlife-rich region of Yellowstone National Park.
Mild spring weather comes late in the Rocky Mountains—travelers should keep in mind the park’s spring opening dates may change slightly due to inclement weather. Keep an eye on all park road conditions here or call the Gardiner Montana Visitor Information Center at 406-848-7971.