Sylvan Pass Now Open; Dunraven and Beartooth Passes Soon

View through the windshield approaching Sylvan Pass from the east Friday, June 3rd. (NPS Photo by Wade Vagias)
View through the windshield approaching Sylvan Pass from the east Friday, June 3rd. (NPS Photo by Wade Vagias)

Over the weekend, snow experts at Yellowstone National Park determined that the snow pack above Sylvan Pass has stabilized, allowing for the pass to be open as of 8 pm Sunday evening, June 5th.

There have been regions within the park where drifts as high as ten to fifteen feet have been found. Is this normal? Dan Hottle (like bottle) is with the Public Affairs and comments.

The next two passes set to open, Hottle tells us, are Dunraven and Beartooth.

With the ice still needing to be melted on Dunraven, Hottle says it should be open by about Thursday of this week. After clearing snowfall which accumulated from a storm last week, plow crews plan to finish opening the road between West Summit and the Montana-Wyoming State Line. In short, Hottle says, come visit Yellowstone.

In fact, weather conditions permitting, a media release states, this should allow the entire length of road between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana to open to travelers by next weekend.

Information on park road conditions is available 24 hours a day by calling: (307) 344-2117

Or visit http://www.nps.gov/yell

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