Today marks the closure of both the Dunraven and Beartooth Passes for the 2016 summer season.
The closure of the Beartooth Pass means the Northeast Entrance is effectively closed to incoming vehicle traffic.
Visitors looking to visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone can no longer head south through Tower Junction. Instead, you’ll have to head down to Norris and take the Norris-Canyon road.
All other Yellowstone roads will close to vehicle traffic 8 a.m. November 7; the road between the North and Northeast Entrances is open year-round.
Oversnow travel is expected to start 8 a.m. December 15 along the following routes:
• Mammoth to Madison.
• Madison to Old Faithful.
• Madison to West Entrance.
• Between Old Faithful and West Thumb.
• From the South Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook.
• Between Canyon and Norris.
Oversnow travel along the East Entrance Road will start December 22.
UPDATE: According to the Yellowstone NPS site, the Dunraven Pass is expected to stay open “until significant snowfall closes it.” We will update our story when the the closure is announced.
SECOND UPDATE: The Dunraven Pass is officially closed to all vehicle traffic.