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The Roads of Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s roads can seem endless at times. The interior park road (the Grand Loop Road) is essentially a huge figure eight, with five entrance roads providing access at various points. Each intersection is named for an area feature, and road sections are normally referred to in this way to avoid confusion. It is very important during a visit here to know the route you plan to take. It can take several hours to go from one end of the park to the other, and without careful planning you could spend all day in the car without seeing any of what you had planned to.

Use our detailed descriptions of the road sections listed below to help plan your visit. The sections of the Grand Loop Road are generally listed below in a clockwise fashion starting at the West Entrance Road. The mile by mile pages beyond always follow the clockwise pattern, except in the case of the entrance roads, which always go from park border to interior.

Lake Butte Overlook in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

East Entrance Road

Start Point: Mile 0 – East Entrance
End Point: Mile 26.4 – Fishing Bridge Junction

Roosevelt Arch in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

North Entrance Road

Start Point: Mile 0 – North Entrance
End Point: Mile 5.3 – Mammoth Junction

Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Northeast Entrance Road

Start Point: Mile 0 – Northeast Entrance
End Point: Mile 29.1 – Tower Junction

Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

South Entrance Road

Start Point: Mile 0 – South Entrance
End Point: Mile 21.8 – West Thumb Junction

Madison Campground in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

West Entrance Road

Start Point: Mile 0 – West Entrance
End Point: Mile 14.1 – Madison Junction

Beryl Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Madison to Norris

Start Point: Mile 0 – Madison Junction
End Point: Mile 13.6 – Norris Junction

Canary Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Norris to Mammoth

Start Point: Mile 0 – Norris Junction
End Point: Mile 21.4 – Mammoth Junction

Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Mammoth to Tower

Start Point: Mile 0 – Mammoth Junction
End Point: Mile 18.4 – Tower Junction

Calcite Springs Overlook in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Tower to Canyon

Start Point: Mile 0 – Tower Junction
End Point: Mile 18.6 – Canyon Junction

Virginia Cascade area in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Norris to Canyon

Start Point: Mile 0 – Norris Junction
End Point: Mile 11.8 – Canyon Junction

Sulphur Cauldron in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Canyon to Fishing Bridge

Start Point: Mile 0 – Canyon Junction
End Point: Mile 15.6 – Fishing Bridge Junction

Pumice Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Fishing Bridge to West Thumb

Start Point: Mile 0 – Fishing Bridge Junction
End Point: Mile 21.0 – West Thumb Junction

Continental Divide Sign in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

West Thumb to Old Faithful

Start Point: Mile 0 – West Thumb Junction
End Point: Mile 15.6 – Old Faithful Interchange

Excelsior Geyser Crater, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful to Madison

Start Point: Mile 0 – Old Faithful Interchange
End Point: Mile 16.1 – Madison Junction

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