Weather Permitting, Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance Road Opens Friday, May 5

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East Entrance Road conditions at Sylvan Pass. Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Anticipate temporary road closures near Sylvan Pass due to increased avalanche danger

Weather permitting, the road within Yellowstone from the East Entrance near Cody, Wyoming, to Fishing Bridge Junction (Sylvan Pass) and Canyon Village to Lake Village will open Friday, May 5 at 8 a.m. to public motor vehicle traffic.

The public is asked to:

  • Anticipate temporary road closures near Sylvan Pass because of increased avalanche danger from recent snowfall and warm temperatures.
  • Watch for quickly changing weather conditions. Many areas of the park are still experiencing winter conditions, and snow and ice may cover sections of the road.
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:
  • Visit Park Roads.
  • Call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information.
  • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
  • Come prepared. Services in the spring are limited. Visit Operating Hours & Seasons for area-specific season opening dates.
  • Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards from all other wildlife. Do not crowd or push wildlife. Due to a severe winter of above-average snowpack, wildlife such as bison, elk, and moose are stressed and weak. Be mindful as they endure this hardest part of the year. Bison and elk often use roads as travel corridors when the snow is deep, and higher-than-usual snowbanks this year prevent them from easily moving off the road.

More park roads to open:

  • Roads to open May 12 at 8 a.m. include:
    • South Entrance to West Thumb
    • West Thumb to Lake Village
    • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)
    • Tower Junction to Tower Fall
  • Road to open May 26 at 8 a.m. includes:
    • Canyon Village to Tower Fall (Dunraven Pass)

Park roads open year-round:

The park’s North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) and Northeast Entrance (Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana) are open year-round to all traffic with no restrictions. Both road corridors have been repaired after last year’s historic flood event.

For additional details, visit the park website at or download the National Park Service App.

Roads within Yellowstone. Credit:

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