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Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance Road opening Friday if weather allows

Multiple roads at Yellowstone National Park will reopen to the public on Friday, with more to reopen as weather permits in the coming month.

(Yellowstone National Park)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park announced that the road to its East Entrance will be open to the public beginning Friday, May 5, weather permitting.

That’s according to a press release from the park, which stated that the road to the entrance near Cody, Wyoming, to Fishing Bridge Junction (Sylvan Pass), and Canyon Village to Lake Village will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.

According to the release, 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 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 away 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.

The release also shared that the roads to the South Entrance to West Thumb, West Thumb to Lake Village, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and Tower Junction to Tower Fall will open on Friday, May 12 at 8 a.m.

Similarly, the Canyon Village Road to Tower Fall (Dunraven Pass) will open on May 26 at 8 a.m.

“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,” the release stated. “Both road corridors have been repaired after last year’s historic flood event.”


Information about openings, conditions and more can be found at the National Park website.