After Labor Day Weekend, there will be two sections of Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road closed to traffic. These closures will cause significant increases in travel times for some visitors to the park.
The section of road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Grant Village will be closed for the season starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. Visitors traveling between the South Entrance and Old Faithful or West Thumb will have to detour through Fishing Bridge and Canyon resulting in increased travel times by about two hours.
The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris will be closed from 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14th until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30th. Visitors traveling between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris will have to detour through Tower Junction and Canyon increasing travel time by around 90 minutes. Visitors traveling between Mammoth Hot Springs and West Yellowstone will experience travel delays of two and a half hours. This section of road will be closed nightly between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. prior to the full closure with the exception of Labor Day Weekend. Visitors can expect 30 minute delays on this section of road before and after the full closure on Sept. 14th.
Visitors should be made aware of these closures so that they can plan their trips accordingly.
Even thought these sections of roads will be closed, there is still plenty to see and experience in the park. These detours will keep folks in the park and allow them to see all the great features the park has to offer regardless of the closures.
For more information or to see Yellowstone National Park's full press release regarding the closures click here.