Celebrate National Park Week At Yellowstone National Park

Celebrate National Park Week With FREE Admission To Yellowstone National Park From April 16-24 2016!

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Visiting Yellowstone National Park is the perfect day trip from Big Sky, Montana. Yellowstone's northwestern border is just 15 miles south of Big Sky, but the official park entrance is located 47 miles south of Big Sky in West Yellowstone. Why not head there to celebrate National Park Week?

After another snowy winter, Yellowstone National Park will open to visitors on April 15, 2016. The Park is opening just in time too. April 16-24 is National Park Week. During National Park Week every NPS site will offer FREE ADMISSION. That's way cheaper than the normal $15 to $50 entrance fees!

Did you also know that the National Park Service is offering 16 fee-free days in 2016 as part of the NPS's Centennial Celebration on August 25, 2016? Take advantage of this to visit some of the most spectacular places in the United States.

Other dates to note during National Park week include:

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  • April 16-24 - Free Admission
  • April 16 - National Junior Ranger Day
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - National Park InstaMeet
  • April 24 - Park Rx Day

When you head into the park at this time of year be sure to keep your eyes peeled for baby animals. Spring is the perfect time to spot wobbly legged moose, red colored bison calves, or a spirited grizzly cub seeing life for the first time. Wildlife combined with sprawling meadows filled with wildflowers and distant snow capped peaks will make everyone smile.

Before you head down to the park, make sure you know what roads are open. Yellowstone National Park features 466 miles of road and those roads open in stages throughout the spring.

Here are the 2016 opening dates for roads into Yellowstone National Park:

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April 15

  • Mammoth to Old Faithful
  • Madison to West Entrance
  • Norris To Canyon

May 6

  • Canyon Junction to Lake
  • Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass)

May 13

  • Lake to West Thumb
  • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)
  • South Entrance to West Thumb
  • Tower Junction to Tower Fall

May 27

  • Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
  • Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone will start to close the roads in the fall. The official closing dates are:

  • October 11 - Dunraven Pass, Beartooth Pass
  • November 7 - All roads except between North Entrance and Northeast entrance

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Visit NPS.gov to see a list of opening dates for Park Entrances, Campgrounds, and Visitor Centers. Find an interactive map that highlights road updates and provides info on road construction here.

It's going to be a fun summer!

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