Road Openings in Yellowstone for 2023

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It is hard to believe that we can already start fantasizing about spring trips into Yellowstone, but the schedule for road openings is out so start dreaming!

The opening of roads in Yellowstone is a process, not a single date. Crews work hard in the spring to get the snow off the roads and make necessary repairs, but it all takes time. Below you will find when the Park Service has committed to having specific road segments open. However, realize that opening a road is not as easy as just saying the words. Lots of things can delay an opening, so exercise a little patience if the schedule isn't met exactly as written. 

Roads will open at 8 am on the following dates (conditions permitting):

April 21: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village

May 5: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village

May 12: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall

May 26: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway (US-212)

TBD: Between Cooke City, MT, on US-212 to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296)