Yellowstone roads to close

Most of Yellowstone National Park's roads will close to travel on Monday in preparation for the winter season.

BRETT FRENCH, Gazette Staff

Yellowstone National Park will close all but one of its entrances to wheeled travel on Monday, so this weekend provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in the park.

Park officials advise that motorists check before going through the East Entrance, as that was closed on Wednesday afternoon because of snow.

The West, South, and East Entrances will all close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, so the park can prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The one exception is the road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner through Mammoth Hot Springs to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate. This road is open all year, weather permitting. Travel east of Cooke City (via the Beartooth Highway) is not possible from late fall to late spring.

Visitors driving to and in the park during the fall and winter should have flexible travel plans and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. For the most current information on road conditions and road closures, visit go.nps.gov/YellRoads or call 307-344-2117 for recorded information.

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