The gates at West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs opened up at 8am last Friday. This granted vehicle access to the Old Faithful Area as well as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Every Spring, Yellowstone crews clear over 198 miles of main roads, 125 acres of parking lots, and 124 miles of secondary road of ice and snow to prepare for crowds of nature enthusiasts of the summer season.
As road clearing progresses, Yellowstone has released a (weather-permitting) opening schedule for this season. Yellowstone’s East Entrance opens next on May 2nd. The South Entrance is accessible to the public beginning on May 9. US-212 over the Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, Montana should be opened up by Memorial Day Weekend.
The seven-day pass for vehicles into Yellowstone is usually $25, but if you were lucky enough to have visited for the opening last weekend, the fee was waived.
Spring in Yellowstone can be unpredictable and, as such, visitors are encouraged to be prepared for stretches of ice on roads and low temperatures. In extreme cases, temporary road closures may be instated with little or no notice.
Black bears and Grizzly bears are just coming out of hibernation. Yellowstone regulations mandate that visitors stay at least 100 yards from any bears, using binoculars or cameras with telephoto lenses to get closer looks.
There are always maintenance and construction projects happening around the park, so keep up-to-date by either calling ahead or visiting the Yellowstone National Park website.
For the ultimate experience, contact Yellowstone Safari Company today for a guided tour.