The roads into Yellowstone National Park from the north and west reopen to automobile travel beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.
The park’s North Entrance at Gardiner and West Entrance at West Yellowstone to Norris, Madison, Canyon and Old Faithful will be the first routes to open.
Park entrance fees will be waived on April 16-24 as part of National Park Week. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is normally $25.
Deep snow in the park’s interior will make walking on trails, including those along the Canyon Rim or on boardwalks through thermal areas, difficult or impossible for some time.
Limited visitor services will be available. The Visitor Education Center and the Snow Lodge Geyser Grill at Old Faithful open for the season on Friday, as do the Canyon Adventure Store and the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center.
Gasoline will be available inside the park using 24-hour pay at the pump stations at Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, Canyon and Old Faithful. The Yellowstone General Store, clinic, post office, campground and Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs are open all year.
Updated road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.