Grand Teton National Park

We want to visit Yellowstone/Teton NP's in mid-May. Will roads likely be open for us to drive thru most popular sites?
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It all depends on the weather, a late spring snowstorm can delay road openings, but assuming mother nature cooperates, here are the road opening dates, according to the Park Service website:

Spring Road Openings:

The North Entrance to Northeast Entrance at Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana is open all year. Please note that this road is closed to east/west travel just east of Cooke City from late fall to early spring.

Once an Entrance/Road opens, it is open 24 hours a day. The only exceptions are caused by road construction and weather-related restrictions.

Roads will open to motorized, wheeled vehicles as follows:

  • April 16, 2010—Weather permitting, west-side roads open to motor vehicles. Mammoth to Norris Junction to Madison Junction to Old Faithful; Madison Junction to West Entrance. In addition, Norris Junction to Canyon opens to wheeled vehicles.
  • May 7, 2010—Weather permitting, Canyon to Lake, Lake to East Entrance opens to wheeled vehicles.
  • May 14, 2010—Tower to Tower Fall opens to wheeled vehicles. Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful, and South to Old Faithful opens to wheeled vehicles. Cooke City via Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway intersection to the Long Lake gate shall open as soon thereafter as possible.
  • May 28, 2010—Long Lake Gate over the Beartooth, and Tower Falls to Canyon will be open.

In the spring, before park roads open to motorized vehicles, some roads are open to non-motorized recreational vehicles such as bicycles, roller skis, and roller blades. There will be some administrative vehicles traveling the roads at this time so be careful.

Check the website for further info:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Click on current conditions for up to date announcements.

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