Roads to Old Faithful, Canyon close for the season Nov. 7
by Yellowstone National Park
November 2, 2011
Visitors who are still considering that fall trip to see Old Faithful erupt or take that perfect picture of the Lower Falls from Artist Point better do so soon.
Most visitor services in Yellowstone National Park have already ended for the season. Roads to most of the park’s popular tourist destinations close for the season at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 7.
This allows the park staff to begin preparing the roads for limited, commercially guided snowmobile and snowcoach travel during the winter season, which begins December 15.
The only park road open to wheeled vehicle travel all year is the section from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, and the Lamar Valley on to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana.
Visitors driving to and in the park during the fall and winter are encouraged to have flexible travel plans and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. Mud and snow tires or tire chains may be required.
Updated information on road conditions in Yellowstone is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
At Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, medical clinic, campground, and the Albright Visitor Center remain open all year. Pay-at-the pump fuel is available 24 hours a day all year at Yellowstone Park Service Stations at Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts provides lodging, food service, and guided recreation opportunities in Yellowstone during the winter. Details are available by calling 866-GEYSERLAND, or online at www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.
All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, with local businesses offering a wide range of services and recreation opportunities. Information on planning a visit to Yellowstone can be found in the park web site at www.nps.gov/yell.