The winter tourist travel season in Yellowstone National Park begins Thursday, Dec. 15. Conditions permitting, most park roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach, according to a statement from the park’s public affairs office.
- Most Park Roads are Closed to Automobiles
The only exception is the road between the North and Northeast entrances, which is open to automobiles all year, conditions permitting. Check the road status map before you leave. Drive cautiously and watch out for snowplows. Do not stop, stand, or walk in the road. Use a pullout if you need to stop for any reason.
- Want to See Old Faithful?
- Services are Limited
Most facilities are closed during winter. Check winter operating hours for visitor centers, stores, restaurants, lodges and warming huts. Fill up on fuel and pack extra food and water.
- Camping and Lodging
- Prepare for Winter Conditions
- Do Not Approach or Feed Wildlife
The safest way to view wildlife is through a telephoto lens, a spotting scope or a pair of binoculars. Stay 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves and 25 yards (23 m) from all other wildlife. Animals always have the right of way. Expect to encounter bison and other wildlife on park roads. Slow down or pull over until they pass or move off the road.
- Stay on Boardwalks
People have been severely injured or killed by breaking through thin ground in thermal basins or falling into hot springs. Snow-packed boardwalks can be slippery, especially near thermal areas. Wear traction aids over your shoes or boots.
- Enhance Your Experience
Download the free National Park Service App (and offline content) before you arrive.
- Connectivity is Limited
You will likely not receive calls or texts, even in the few areas you have cell reception.