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Yellowstone’s Dunraven Pass opens Memorial Day Weekend

Views along Grand Loop Road from Tower Junction to Canyon Village (NPS / Jacob W. Frank)

CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone’s highest roadway, which has been closed for the last two years due to a multi-million-dollar repair project, has been reopened, according to the National Park Service.

Following the completion of a $28 million construction project, Yellowstone National Park’s Tower-Roosevelt to Chittenden Road, including the section known as Dunraven Pass that sits 8,878 feet above sea level, was reopened on May 27, NPS says.

The project widened roughly 6 miles of the Grand Loop Road, per NPS, creating many improvements for motorists such as additional and improved pullouts on a roadway that’s remained largely unchanged since the 1930s.


Additionally, the project created a larger, safer parking area at Tower Fall General Store and improved both the trail and overlook for Tower Fall, according to NPS.

Chittenden Road was also reconditioned as a part of the project and the Mount Washburn parking area was reconstructed, per NPS.

Motorists planning on using the newly opened roadway this Memorial Day Weekend are encouraged to drive slowly and with caution, with rain and snow expected through the weekend, which could create potentially hazardous driving conditions, NPS says.


As of May 28, all park roadways in Yellowstone are open, according to the NPS road status map.