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2018-2019 Yellowstone National Park Opening and Closing Dates

Here are the 2018-2019 Yellowstone National Park opening and closing dates you’ll need to plan your next visit. These dates are current as of Oct. 9, 2018.

All Yellowstone Roads

  • The road between the North and Northeast Entrance, serving Mammoth Hot Springs, the Lamar Valley, Silver Gate and Cooke City, is open year-round.
  • The Dunraven Pass between Tower and Canyon was scheduled to close Oct. 9, but Park officials decided to keep it open as long as possible because of construction season affecting Fishing Bridge traffic. That could mean closure at any time because of heavy snow, or it could remain open until November 5 at 8 a.m.
  • The Beartooth Highway between Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (US-296) turnoff and Red Lodge is closed for the season.
  • All roads in Yellowstone National Park (save the North/Northeast Entrance stretch, of course) are scheduled to be closed to the public on November 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Read here for the full winter/spring road schedule.

2018-2019 Winter Schedule

  • Most Yellowstone roads open for the winter season on December 15 (8 a.m.), limited to snowmobiles and snow coaches: West Entrance to Old Faithful, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Canyon to Norris, Canyon to Lake, Old Faithful to West Thumb, South Entrance to Lake, Lake to Lake Butte Overlook.
  • The East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass) road will open on December 22 (8 a.m.), weather permitting.
  • These roads will close throughout March, all at 9 p.m. on the following dates: East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass), March 1; Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris, March 3; Norris to Madison and Norris to Canyon Village, March 5; Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge, March 10; all remaining groomed roads, March 15.

2019 Summer Schedule

Here is the tentative 2019 summer schedule, with the following roads opening at 8 a.m. on these dates:

  • 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), Beartooth Highway

Bridge Bay

  • Campground: Closed.
  • Dock Rental: Closed.
  • Marina Store: Closed.
  • Guide Boats/Outboards: Closed.
  • Boat Tours: Closed.
  • Scenic Cruiser: Closed.

Canyon Village

  • Yellowstone Adventure Store: Closed.
  • Service Station (credit card service at all pumps): Open. Closes October 21.
  • Wrecker Service: Open. Closes October 14.
  • Canyon General Store: Open. Closes November 4.
  • Repair Service: Closed.
  • Canyon Visitor Education Center: Open. Closes November 5. Lobby opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 9, 2019.
  • Canyon Campground: Closed.
  • Canyon Lodges and Cabins: Open. Closes October 14.
  • Canyon Gift Shop: Open. Closes October 14.
  • Canyon Lodge M66 Grill: Open, Closes October 14.
  • Canyon Lodge Eatery: Open, Closes October 14.
  • Canyon Lodge Falls Cafe: Closed.
  • Canyon Lodge Ice Creamery: Closed.
  • Canyon Lodge Washburn Lookout: Open, Closes October 14.
  • Trail Rides: Closed.
  • Bear Spray Rental: Closed.

Yellowstone National Park vintage postcard

Fishing Bridge

  • Fishing Bridge RV Park: Closed.
  • General Store: Closed.
  • Service Station (credit card service at all pumps): Closed.
  • Wrecker & Repair Service: Closed.
  • Fishing Bridge Visitor Center: Closed.

Grant Village

  • Mini Store: Closed.
  • Lodging and Restaurant: Closed.
  • Lake House Restaurant: Closed.
  • Wrecker/Repair Service: Closed.
  • Service Station: Closed.
  • Post Office: Closed.
  • Grant Village Visitor Center: Closed.
  • Grant General Store: Closed.
  • Grant Campground: Closed.

Lake Village

  • Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins: Closed.
  • Lake Dining Room & Deli: Closed.
  • Lake Clinic: Closed.
  • Lake General Store: Closed.
  • Lake Lodge & Cabins: Closed.
  • Lake Lodge Cafeteria: Closed.

Madison Information Station

  • Open. Closes October 8.

Yellowstone National Park vintage postcard Morning Glory

Madison Warming Hut (Winter Only)

  • Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 15, 2019.

Mammoth Hot Springs

  • Albright Visitor Center: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
  • Mammoth General Store: Open all year, but might be closed on Sundays and some holidays.
  • Mammoth Clinic: Open weekdays in winter, seven days a week in summer (June 1-September 28).
  • Terrace Grill Fast Food: Open. Closes October 14.
  • Mammoth Gift Shop: Open. Closes October 14. Opens for winter Dec. 16, closes March 3, 2019.
  • Mammoth Hotel Map Room Coffee/Bar: Opens for winter Dec. 16, closes March 3, 2019.
  • Mammoth Hotel Lunch Buffet: Opens for winter Dec. 16, closes March 3, 2019.
  • Mammoth Hotel/Cabins/Dining Room: Closed until 2019 for renovations.
  • Mammoth Ski Shop: Closed. Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 3, 2019.
  • Post Office: Open all year.
  • Service Station: Open year-round.
  • Mammoth Campground: Open year-round.

Mammoth Warming Hut (Winter Only)

  • Closed.

Museum of the National Park Ranger

  • Closed.

Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station

  • Closed.

Old Faithful

  • Old Faithful Visitor Center: Open. Closes November 5. Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 15, 2019.
  • Snow Lodge Geyser Grill Fast Food/Bear Den Gift Shop: Open. Closes November 4. Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 15, 2019.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Rooms, Cabins and Restaurant: Open. Closes October 21. Opens for winter Dec. 16, closes March 3, 2019.
  • Old Faithful Yurts: Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 15, 2019 (daytime).
  • Service Station (Lower): Closed.
  • Old Faithful Upper General Store: Open. Closes October 28.
  • Wrecker Service: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Inn: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Lodge: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Lodge Gift Shop, Bake Shop: Closed.
  • Old Faithful Clinic: Closed.
  • Service Station (Upper): Closed.
  • Old Faithful Lower Store (Basin): Closed.
  • Repair Service: Closed.
  • Bike Rental: Closed.

Tower/Roosevelt

  • Tower Fall General Store: Closed.
  • Tower Junction Service Station: Closed.
  • Roosevelt Lodge/Cabins: Closed.
  • Horse Rides/Stagecoach: Closed.
  • Roosevelt Store: Closed.
  • Cook-Out: Closed.

West Thumb Information Center

  • Closed. Opens for winter Dec. 15, closes March 15, 2019.

Concession Campgrounds

  • Bridge Bay: Closed.
  • Canyon: Open, Closed.
  • Grant Village: Closed.
  • Madison: Open. Closes October 14.
  • Fishing Bridge RV Park: Closed.

Camping in Yellowstone National Park

Park Service Campgrounds

  • Indian Creek: Closed.
  • Lewis Lake: Open.
  • Mammoth: Open all year.
  • Norris: Closed.
  • Pebble Creek: Closed.
  • Slough Creek: Open.
  • Tower Fall: Closed.