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Winter weather and dangerous driving conditions are expected in Yellowstone

Due to expected wintry weather and hazardous driving conditions in Yellowstone National Park in the coming days, visitors should expect temporary road closures and travel delays. Here’s what we know:

  • While closures can occur anywhere in the park, snow accumulation is most likely to happen on the high mountain passes. In anticipation of hazardous driving conditions, the following roads will be closed at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21:
    • Tower Junction to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
    • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass). Old Faithful will remain open.
  • Visitors: Plan alternate travel routes if other park roads are temporarily closed due to expected winter weather. Drive slowly and carefully!
  • Yellowstone is coordinating with Montana and Wyoming, and the 7-mile stretch of road between Cooke City and the Pilot Creek Trailhead (known locally as the plug) will be plowed as needed until Old Gardiner Road is completed. This will provide continued access to the Cooke City/Silver Gate communities in Montana.
  • Stay informed. Road condition update:
    • Visit Park Roads.
    • For recorded information, call (307) 344-2117.
    • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your cell phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automated text response will acknowledge receipt and provide directions).

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