Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s Dunraven Pass Open; Tower-Canyon Cleared

This section of road had been closed because of heavy snow on the Dunraven Pass. There were also delays in clearing this section of the Park because of Memorial Day weekend snows and difficulties in clearing the Sylvan Pass.

The opening may be temporary, and National Park Service officials warn the road can be closed down at any point due to bad weather. That could happen sooner or later: The forecast today and tomorrow calls for a a 70 percent chance of rain and snow is expected at elevations over 8,000 feet through Thursday. Highs are forecast in the 40s, with lows in the low 30s and high 20s.  The park’s highest road, Dunraven Pass is 8,880 feet. Sylvan Pass between Fishing Bridge and the East Entrance, which opened to 24-hour vehicle travel June 5 after weeks of avalanche restrictions, is 8,524 feet.  Craig Pass between Old Faithful and West Thumb is 8,262 feet.

The only other major road closing in the area: the Beartooth Highway. Barring any unforeseen circumstance, this section of road between Cooke City and Red Lodge should be fully open by the weekend.

You can see a full list of 2011 opening and closing dates here.

RELATED STORIES: Yellowstone East Entrance Now Open Full-Time; Yellowstone Mammoth-Tower Road Reopened; Road Closures Still Impacting Yellowstone Visitors; Yellowstone’s Mammoth-Tower Road to Remain Closed Indefinitely; Planning Your Memorial Day Weekend Yellowstone Visit; Opening of Beartooth Highway Delayed; Cooke City/Chief Joseph Highway Link Now Open; Sylvan Pass Closed Indefinitely; Snow Causes Other Damage in Yellowstone; Snow Still Factor in Slow Yellowstone Spring, as South Entrance Opens Tomorrow


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