We’re now down to the final weeks of the 2018 Yellowstone National Park fall season, but there are still some compelling reasons to make an October or November run to the Park.
Perhaps the biggest season to make a Park run: Yellowstone is pretty quiet these days, with plenty of day visitors. The only open lodging is in Canyon and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, with Old Faithful Inn closing down recently. We’ll see visitor centers and stores close down gradually in the next three weeks. Click here for a list of what’s open and closed for the remainder of the fall season.
And, interestingly enough, the National Park Service is opening some interesting destinations after 2018 construction. As of now, Uncle Tom’s Point, Uncle Tom’s Trail, and the South Rim trails are open after renovations. Still closed: The Brink of the Upper Falls and a portion of the North Rim Trail.
There are also more closings to watch. The Beartooth Highway between the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (US-296) turnoff and Red Lodge is now closed. 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., as is the Dunraven Pass highway between Tower and Canyon. In good news for travelers, the Dunraven Pass–originally scheduled to close on Monday–will remain open through the last day of Park access. For a look at the road conditions and closures in the next three weeks, click here.
Before you know it, the Yellowstone National Park 2018-2019 winter season will be before us. Here’s a link to the winter schedule, as well as the spring 2019 schedule. Next week we’ll preview the 2018-2019 winter season, as things will be a little different in December through March.