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Open Year Round : Cooke City via Yellowstone National Park North Entrance at Gardiner, Mammoth directly to the Northeast Entrance into the Cooke City Area.

2011 Yellowstone National Park Roads will open to motorized, wheeled vehicles as follows:

All dates are weather permitting -

April 15Yellowstone: West side roads open to motor vehicles. North and West Entrances to Norris, Madison, Canyon & Old Faithful beginning at 8:00 a.m.

May 6Yellowstone: Canyon, Fishing Bridge & the East Entrance opens to wheeled vehicles.

May 13Yellowstone: Travel from the South Entrance to Grant, West Thumb, Fishing Bridge and Lake to Old Faithful open.  Tower Junction to Tower Fall opens. The road from Cooke City over Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway intersection to the Long Lake gate shall open as soon thereafter.  Call the Chamber for up to date information 406-838-2495 or call WY Hwy Department at 1-888-996-7623 or go to http://www.wyoroad.info/.

May 27Yellowstone: Long Lake Gate over the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, MT, which usually opens the Friday before Memorial Day Holiday.


2011 Seasonal Road Opening and Closure Information

The Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), between the junction of Highway 296 and Red Lodge, MT heading East to Red Lodge will open this year on May 27 and will close on October 10, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. 

The Chief Joseph-Hwy 296 remains open all year around and is maintained daily. 

From the Junction of Hwy 296/212 the road is open for 4 miles towards Cooke City and is plowed to Pilot Creek Parking Lot. From Pilot Creek the road is over snow travel only (non-wheeled vehicles) to Cooke City for approx. 10 miles.  This portion of the road is plowed the first part of May. It is always best to check with the Cooke City area Chamber for road & travel information during the first two weeks of May for openings.   Inclement weather causes occasional closures even after initial openings.  Please call 406-838-2495 or check back here for up to date information.

Open Year Round : Cooke City via Yellowstone National Park North Entrance at Gardiner, Mammoth directly to the Northeast Entrance into the Cooke City Area.

Yellowstone Park - November 7, 2011, all park roads will close to the public at 8 a.m. except from the North Entrance to Upper Mammoth Terrace, and Mammoth via Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance.