Changing road conditions and the status of seasonal highways can have a big impact on your travel plans in our area. Below you will find a number of useful links and information to help you get around with ease.

Open Year Round

Cooke City/Silver Gate via Yellowstone National Park North Entrance at Gardiner, Mammoth directly to the Northeast Entrance into the Cooke City/Silver Gate Area is open year-round for access to our area.

The Chief Joseph-Hwy 296

This highway remains open all year around and is maintained daily. 

Hwy 212 East of Cooke City/Silver Gate

Update: As of Wednesday, May 8th, Hwy 212 east of Cooke City/Silver Gate is now open.  You may travel to and from Cody, WY and Billings, MT.

Spring 2019 Road Opening Dates

Conditions permitting, roads will open to the public at 8 am on the following dates.  Changes and delays are always possible.

  • April 19: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon.

  • May 3: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village.

  • May 10: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall.

  • May 24: Tower Fall to Canyon Village (Dunraven Pass) and the Beartooth Highway

During The Winter

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 Colter Pass, Cooke City, Silver Gate 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.

Fall 2019 Closings Dates

  • October 15: Tower Fall to Canyon (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway (US 212 to Red Lodge, Montana).

  • November 4: All roads close at 8 am except the road between the North Entrance (Gardiner) and the Northeast Entrance (Cooke City/Silver Gate.

Useful Links & Information

The Closest Entrance to Yellowstone's World Famous Lamar Valley