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July 5, 2020 – July 11, 2020:

Winter Welcome Sign West Yellowstone Montana

  • Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 72F. Low around 38F.
  • Monday: Sunny with a high near 76F. Low around 41F.
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 75F. Low around 40F.
  • Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 70F. Low around 40F.
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 74F. Low around 43F.
  • Friday: Sunny with a high near 75F. Low around 41F.
  • Saturday: Sunny with a high near 76F. Low around 44F.

Changing weather conditions exist. Be prepared when traveling through Yellowstone Country.

When visiting West Yellowstone, Montana please practice appropriate measures to protect yourselves, the people of West Yellowstone as well as other visitors. We are excited to welcome you back!

On Monday, June 1st, the Montana entrances to Yellowstone National Park opened for the season. This includes the west entrance here in West Yellowstone, Montana. More information is available from Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park’s website has up-to-date information on road openings, closings, and construction.

2020 Yellowstone Fall Closing Dates

Roads will close to regular (public) vehicles at 8:00 am on the following dates.

  • September: Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
  • October 13: Canyon (Dunraven Pass) to Chittenden Road, Beartooth Highway (US 212 to Red Lodge, Montana).
  • November 2: All roads close at 8 am except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance.

Yellowstone Construction Projects Affecting Roads

Yellowstone National Park Construction Map

2020 Yellowstone Road and Construction Map

2020 Projects

Tower Fall to Chittenden Road

The road between Tower Fall and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until April 2022. Specific areas on each side of this closure will be open for select time periods:

  • On the Canyon Village side of the closure: The only way to access the peak of Mount Washburn during construction is via the Canyon Village side of the closure. The Mount Washburn trail and trailhead parking lot near Dunraven Pass will be open during construction. The Chittenden Road and parking area will be open from June through August, but this road and parking area will be closed at select time periods before Memorial Day and after Labor Day (dates to be determined).
  • On the Tower-Roosevelt side of the closure: Tower Fall, the Tower General Store, Tower Fall Campground, and Calcite Springs will be open and accessible from Tower-Roosevelt between June 5–September 6, 2020 and June 4–September 26, 2021. In the winters, Tower Fall and trails in the vicinity will be open for skis and snowshoes, snow-permitting, from early November through March. Between the following dates, traffic and pedestrians from Tower-Roosevelt will be turned around at Calcite Springs: April 1–June 5, 2020; September 6–November 7, 2020; April 1–June 4, 2021; and September 26–November 6, 2021. There will be no access to the trails for Mount Washburn from the Tower-Roosevelt side of the closure.

North Entrance

Beginning in early summer, expect delays around the North Entrance. The entrance station will be open. More details, including dates, will be available after a construction contractor is selected. This project will start in 2020 and take two years.

Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond

From May 4 to October 30, 2020, expect delays along the East Entrance Road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond. This project will be completed in 2020.

Highway 191 north of West Yellowstone

From the Montana Department of Transportation:

US Highway 191 near West Yellowstone draws thousands of drivers each year, many on their way to witness the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Roads in this region are seeing increasing usage on top of wear-and-tear from harsh winters and frequent underground geologic activity. As a result, US Highway 191 between Big Sky and West Yellowstone has degraded, showing numerous cracks and potholes. It needs to be rehabilitated.

To ensure this roadway remains safe and smooth for the thousands of drivers on this route for years to come, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will complete the Highway 191 – North of West Yellowstone project.

23 miles of roadway improvements will include:

Creation of a northbound left turn lane at Rainbow Point Road
Bridge crossing repairs over Specimen Creek and the Gallatin River
Installation of new guardrail
Road resurfacing

Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes in each construction zone from early May through August. Work is expected to occur in daylight hours, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 5-minute delays should be expected during non-work hours.

Check travel conditions:

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