The Yellowstone South Entrance is now open for the 2013 season, allowing visitors to navigate between Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wy., to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and on to Fishing Bridge and across Craig Pass to Old Faithful.
Also opening today: the section of US-212 outside the park’s Northeast Entrance between Cooke City, Mont., and the intersection of WY-296 (the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway). The Beartooth Highway will remain closed until June 14.
The only road within Yellowstone National Park that remains closed: Tower Junction to Canyon, as the Dunraven Pass remains unplowed. If you plan on driving through the Park, you’ll need to make your way through the west side of the Park. This section of road is expected to open on May 24, in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Due to construction, there will be daytime delays of up to 30 minutes and nightly closures on the section of road between Tower-Roosevelt Junction and Chittenden Road beginning May 28.
NPS employee Candice Bock greets some of the first visitors through the park’s South Entrance Friday morning. Image courtesy National Park Service.