Yellowstone’s winter season starts today

Yellowstone National Park roads will open to the public for motorized oversnow travel at 8 a.m. today.

Visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South entrances. Visitors who have proper permits can also participate in the non-commercially guided snowmobile trips, a National Park Service news release said.

Travel from Fishing Bridge to Lake Butte is closed until more snow accumulates on that section of road. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass to Lake Butte is scheduled to begin Dec. 22, weather dependent, the release said.

The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., through Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City, Mont., is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year.

In addition to unique winter travel opportunities, Yellowstone also offers a variety of activities such as ranger-led programs, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. For information, visit