It’s not been an especially hard winter by local standards, but we always look forward to signs of spring–and a big one is when we have the Yellowstone winter season closures for oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at hand.
We already have seen the first road closure happen Sunday night, March 6, when Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris closed. Today, we’ll see the closure of oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach between Norris and Madison and Norris to Canyon Village. You can see the full schedule of closures here; by 9 p.m. on March 15 all groomed roads within the park will be closed.
Prepping for the opening of the park to car travel has already begun with plowing operations. On April 15 the following sections open: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village. Opening the park takes some serious time: A full opening of the park after the Yellowstone winter season won’t happen until May 27, when the Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass) section opens, along with the adjacent Beartooth Highway.
The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction to Cooke City, Montana, is open to automobiles all year, weather-permitting. At Tower Junction, self-serve fuel pumps are available all year.