Wintry Weather to Bring Hazardous Driving Conditions and Road Closures in Yellowstone National Park

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Expect wintry conditions on Yellowstone’s roads. NPS / Josh Spice

Due to expected winter weather and hazardous driving conditions in Yellowstone National Park over the next few days, visitors should anticipate temporary road closures and driving delays.

While closures can occur anywhere in the park, snow accumulations are most likely on high mountain passes. In anticipation of hazardous driving conditions, the following roads will close on Friday, October 21 at 8 pm:

  • Tower Junction to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
  • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass). Old Faithful will remain open.

Visitors: Plan alternate travel routes should other park roads close temporarily due to expected winter weather. Drive slowly and with caution!

Yellowstone is coordinating with Montana and Wyoming, and a 7-mile section of road between Cooke City and the Pilot Creek Trailhead (known locally as the plug) will be plowed, if necessary until the Old Gardiner Road is completed. This will ensure continued access to the communities of Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana.

Stay Informed. Road condition updates:

  • 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).

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