The west road in Yellowstone National Park is opening to vehicle traffic for the 2009 season on Friday April 17. This road is accessible from the north gate in Gardiner, Montana and just blocks from my Montana bed and breakfast. These major Park attractions are now within an hours drive of the B&B: the Norris Geyser Basin, Canyon, Old Faithful and West Yellowstone.
On May 1 the road from Canyon to Lake, and Lake to the East Entrance is expected to open. And on May 8, the West Thumb and South Entrance is slated to open.
Construction projects for 2009 include Norris to Madison through the Gibbon Canyon. Delays of 30 minutes are expected April 17-May 22. This section of the road will be closed nightly at 10pm until 8am beginning May 26-August 16. On August 17 this section of the road closes for the rest of the season.
It’s always a good idea before you head out to check the 24 hour Current Road Report Hotline at (307) 344-2117 for the latest information on conditions affecting roads within the Park.