When traveling to and from West Yellowstone, keep an eye out for wildlife on or near the highways, especially late in the day and early mornings.
Be courteous to bicyclists and obey all posted speed limits, for the safety of yourself and others.
Yellowstone Park Road Information
All interior roads within the Park are currently open, with the exception of Firehole Lake Road, which is being repaired.
Please call 406.646.7701 for the lastest information:
- 2014 Fall Road Closing
- October 14: Dunraven Pass and Beartooth Pass; roads close at 8:00 am
- November 3: All roads except the road between the North to the Northeast entrance close at 8:00 am
Yellowstone Park Road Construction Projects
Road construction is a normal part of the ‘warm’ weather season here in the Rocky Mountains. This summer will also bring road improvement projects on many of the major travel routes to Yellowstone Park from Montana and Wyoming. Yellowstone Park road updates available at (307) 344-2117.
There will be ongoing construction on the Gibbon River Bridge (near the Norris Campground road) to Gardner River Bridge (near the Indian Creek Campground road): Expect road construction starting in April with possible half hour delays. Starting April 18, possible nightly closures from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Starting September 14 at 11:00 PM and extending to September 30 at 7:00 AM, there will be a full road closure for this section of road. The detour for this section will be over Dunraven Pass.
Isa Lake Bridge Replacement (between Old Faithful and West Thumb): Expect bridge reconstruction to start early June with possible half hour delays. Road closed September 2 at 6:00 AM for the season.
Indian Creek 7 mile- bridge work also beginning with up to 30 minute delays. Nightly closures beginning mid-June from 11pm -7am except holidays. Full Closure September 14-30th. Dunraven Pass will be maintained thru Sept 30th.
Click here for road construction map and detailed information.
Plan ahead by allowing extra time or finding an alternate route. We also suggest these tips for summer travel:
- Make sure to pack some extra water or beverages, tuck in a few snacks and make sure your camera batteries are charged
- When you hit a delay, stop your car, roll your windows down, turn off the engine and enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of Yellowstone. Watch for wildlife along the rivers and streams, hidden at the edge of the forests, or colorful song birds in the trees above
- Meet your ‘neighbors,’ exchange Yellowstone adventures, and get the latest wildlife sightings
Grand Teton National Park Road and Construction Updates
As you plan your 2014 Yellowstone National Park trip, keep in mind you may run into some Grand Teton road construction on the way. Here are the details for this summer’s activities.
In general, you should expect varying traffic delays within Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. These projects are set to begin in early May and last through October or November in some cases.
Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89): An overlay project will be underway on 10.5 miles of Hwy 89between Craighead Hill, approximately one mile north of Moose Junction, and Cunningham Cabin that lies north of Triangle X Ranch. Expect 30-minute delays, 7 days per week from June—September. Because regular delays are expected, motorists should plan for extra time to reach their destination, or choose to travel the Teton Park Road to avoid the construction area altogether. Blacktail Ponds Overlook and the Teton Point Turnout will be closed May—September, 2014 to accommodate this project. Periodic closures of other parking areas within the project area will occur during specific construction activities.
Schwabacher Landing Road: This auxiliary road will be closed from May—June while a paving project is underway from Hwy 89 to the bottom of the hill (.3 mile). For public safety during the construction period, neither vehicle travel nor pedestrian/bike access will be allowed on the Schwabacher Road or the parking area near Schwabacher landing due to the presence of heavy construction equipment.
Gros Ventre Road: An overlay project will take place from Kelly Warm Springs to the east park boundary in July with 15-minute delays possible.
Phase 3 Pathway: Construction of the third segment of pathways in Grand Teton National Park will occur adjacent to Hwy 89 from Moose Junction to Antelope Flats Junction (1.2 miles) from August 2014 through October 2015. Further information will be provided as the construction time nears; however, motorists can expect some delays during the fall 2014 construction phase.
Pacific Creek Road: A culvert will be replaced on this road causing 20-minute delays during mid-June.
Hwy 89, North Park Road, Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake scenic loop, and associated parking areas: Annual striping projects will be underway during May, with minimal delays possible.
Montana Road and Construction Updates
- Montana Highway Updates available at (800) 226-7623 or visit mdt511.com
- Expect possible 15-20 minute delays and one-lane traffic on Highway 191 between Belgrade and West Yellowstone.
- Alternate route to West Yellowstone: Follow Hwy 191 north to Bozeman until it intersects with Hwy 287 (10 miles). Turn west (left) and drive to Ennis. Along the way make sure to stop at the Quake Lake Visitor Center. In Ennis you can take a side trip to the old mining towns of Nevada and Virginia Cities. Or, just continue north from Ennis to the Norris Junction where you can turn right to go to Bozeman, MT or keep going north to I-90
Idaho Road and Construction Updates (US 20 is the main road connecting Idaho Falls, Idaho to West Yellowstone, Montana)
- Idaho US Hwy 20 I-15 Work on the shoulder. Between Exit 167: ID 22 ( 1 mile north of the Dubois Area) and exit 180 : Spenser Road ( 3 miles south of the Spencer area). There is work on the shoulder. Comment: Crews installing signs on shoulder. Use Caution.
- Idaho Highway Updates available at (888) 437-7623 or visit 511.idaho.gov