Yellowstone National Park Road Map
Yellowstone Road Map
Yellowstone Road Map

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Getting Around Yellowstone by Car
With an average of 3 million people visiting Yellowstone each year the park sees its fair share of traffic with the heaviest influx of tourists visiting during the summer months. There are 5 access roads leading into the park interior from the north, south, east and west. Each entrance station requires that you purchase a park pass to gain admittance into the park and there are a number of payment options based on how long you plan to stay (see park fees below). Distances between major attractions and campgrounds are listed in blue on the map above. If you study the map above you'll notice the figure 8 pattern created by what is known as the Grand Loop Road. This internal figure 8 road configuration will allow you to enter the park from any direction and travel a majority of the park roads without backtracking. This is a great way to travel the entire park while seeing everything Yellowstone has to offer.

A majority of the roads within the park are generally two lane and some are very narrow. The maximum speed limit for all park roads is 45 mph unless otherwise posted. Because wildlife is so prevalent inside the park it's best to take your time and obey the posted speed limits. Wildlife will often use the park roads to migrate from one location to another so it's important to remain attentive while driving.

No matter what time of year you visit Yellowstone there will always be the potential for significant travel delays. Wildlife will probably contribute to a majority of these hold ups which are often referred to as 'bear jams'. This is usually caused by the presence of wildlife on or very near the roadside and traffic may be completely stopped or move very slow for many miles. Please be patient. If you plan to stop to admire the fauna be courteous and pull completely off the road to avoid creating further traffic delays. Weather and construction will also create travel delays so check with the Park Service for the latest road conditions.

Yellowstone Seasonal Road Schedules
Most park roads are open 24 hours a day during the summer months. As the seasons change certain roads will open and close based on the time of year and most entrance stations will post any road closures within the park. During the spring and fall it's best to check with rangers as you enter the park regarding these seasonal changes.

During the winter (Early November - Late April) access to the interior of Yellowstone is limited to snowcoaches and snowmobiles only. The north entrance from Gardiner to Cooke City is one of two roads open all year to motor vehicles. Route 191 along the western edge of the park is also open year round and runs from Bozeman to West Yellowstone. Temporary road closures my arise depending on the snow conditions.

2018-2019 Winter Season Opening Dates
Conditions permitting, roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 8 am on the following dates.

December 15: 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.

December 22: East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass)

2019 Spring Oversnow (Snowmobile & Snowcoach) Closing Dates
March 1: East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass)
March 3: Mammoth to Norris
March 5: Norris to Madison, Norris to Canyon
March 10: Canyon to Fishing Bridge
March 15: All remaining groomed roads close

2019 Spring Opening Dates for Park Roads
April 19: West Entrance to Madison, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon.
May 3: East Entrance to Lake (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Junction to Lake.
May 10: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
May 24: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
May 24: Beartooth Highway

2019 Road Construction Information (TBA)
Norris to Mammoth (Roaring Mountain to Apollinaris Spring area)

Expect 30-minute delays beginning April 20, 2018 (excluding holiday weekends*). Norris and Indian Creek campgrounds will not be affected by this work. June 1 to October 8: additional nightly closures from 10 pm to 7 am (excluding Saturday nights and holiday weekends*).

Norris to Golden Gate Trailhead Impacts
Grizzly Lake, Solfatara, and Mount Holmes Trailheads are located within the night and full closure zones and will be closed during those periods. These trailheads will also be closed while the new parking areas are under construction; dates TBD.

Canyon Village Area
Some destinations unavailable as part of the Canyon Overlooks and Trails Restoration Project. Uncle Tom's Point trail and parking lot - closed. Expect completion fall, 2019.

Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond (East Entrance Road)
2018 season: expect delays along the East Entrance Road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond (excluding holiday weekends*). October 15 to November 5: full closure of Fishing Bridge over the Yellowstone River. East Entrance Road will remain open as far as Sedge Bay. People needing to travel through Yellowstone to or from Cody, Wyoming and beyond will need to use the Northeast Entrance during this closure.

Yellowstone 2017 Road Closures & Detours

Road Information Outside of Yellowstone National Park
Montana Department of Transportation Website
1-800-335-7592 (TTY)

Idaho Transportation Department Website

Wyoming Department of Transportation Website

Yellowstone National Park Fees
As of June 1st , 2018
Private, noncommercial vehicle, 7 Day Pass = $35.00
Motorcycles = $30.00
Each visitor 16 and older entering by foot, bike, ski, etc. = $20.00

Annual Park Passes
Yellowstone/Grand Teton Annual Park Pass (1 year from date of purchase) = $70.00
Annual National Park Pass (Access to all National Parks) = $80.00 - Purchase Online
Senior Pass (Lifetime, 62 or Older) = $10.00
Access Pass (For the blind or permanently disabled) = Free

Commercial Tours
• 1-6 Passengers = $25.00 plus $15.00 per person
• Passenger van carrying 7-15 people = $125.00 per vehicle
• Minibus with 16-25 passengers = $200.00 per vehicle
• Tour buses that carry 26 + passengers = $300.00 per vehicle

Regional Transportation
The Salt Lake Express

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