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North Entrance Road, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Wyoming 82190
Points of Interest Nearby

North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

North Entrance Road may not be the most stunning park drive yet it is a grand way to enter Yellowstone. Roosevelt Arch, designed by Old Faithful architect Robert Reamer in 1903, embodies the spirit of the national park system. The sagebrush flats that flank the first mile of track are home to bison, elk and pronghorn. Bighorn sheep are spotted time and again in Gardner Canyon. Eagles, osprey, dippers and kingfishers grace the skies above the Gardner River. This short thoroughfare but five miles (8 km) long is a child-sized prelude to the wonderful world of Yellowstone National Park.
Getting There
The North Entrance of Yellowstone is located just south of Gardiner, Montana. The 5-mile (8km) North Entrance Road runs from Gardner, MT to Mammoth Hot Springs. The North Entrance and North Entrance Road are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year weather permitting. Snow tires and/or chains are often required.
Things to Keep in Mind
Dawn and dusk are the best times of day to spot wildlife. Binoculars (or scope) are often required to get a good view of animals and birds. Be bear aware. Maintain a safe distance from all wildlife, 100 yards (91m) from bears and wolves and 25 yards (23m) from all other animals.
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