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Yellowstone roads start reopening to vehicle traffic April 21

Carie Birkmeier



Entrance fees waived April 15-16 and 22-23


Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is free during two weekends in April. The entrance fee to the United States’ 59 national parks is waived April 15-16 and April 22-23 in recognition of National Park Week, a nine-day celebration of America’s national park system.

Weather permitting, about half of the roads through Yellowstone National Park will be open to vehicle traffic on April 21. The following roads in the northwest corner of the park are slated for an April 21 opening: the West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and Norris to Canyon Junction. The North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Tower Junction and into Cooke City, Montana, is open year-round.

On May 5, Sylvan Pass connecting Lake Village to the East Entrance will open. Canyon Junction to Lake Village will also open.

Roads in the southern end of the park will reopen May 12, including the South Entrance to West Thumb, Tower Junction to Tower Fall, Lake Village to West Thumb, and Craig Pass connecting West Thumb to Old Faithful.

Dunraven Pass, which is located in the heart of the park and connects Tower Fall to Canyon Junction, will open May 26. The Beartooth Highway east of Cooke City is also slated to open May 26, the Friday preceding Memorial Day.

For the most up to date information on road conditions, call (307) 739-3682.

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