The unforgettable road to Dunraven Pass, the highest pass in Yellowstone

Dunraven Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.718m (8,917ft) above the sea level, located in Park County, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. At this elevation it is the highest pass inside the park.

Dunraven Pass

Can you drive to Dunraven Pass?

Tucked away in the beautiful Yellowstone National Park, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Grand Loop Road. The road was originally built in 1915 and later paved in the 1940s. The pass was named after Earl of Dunraven, a titled Irish Peer who made a visit to Yellowstone in 1874. On the Dunraven Pass, visitors should keep to the speed limit as they wind through this more mountainous portion of the Park. Nonetheless, the views offered along Dunraven are well worth the slower drive. 

How long is Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone? 

The pass is 26.07km (16.2 miles) long, running south-north from Canyon Village to Devils Den. The paved road winds through the mountains revealing amazing panoramic views. Aside from the magnificent views, the Washburn Area in Yellowstone National Park is also a popular place for grizzly bears.

What is the highest pass in Yellowstone?

Set high in Washburn Range, on the northwestern part of Wyoming, Dunraven Pass is said to be the highest pass inside the park. It's always the first to close during snow storms, and it is always the first road to close in the fall as Yellowstone Park winds down for the winter.

Is Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone open?

The road is subject to seasonal closure during winter. Due its elevation the pass can get snow at any time of year- even summer.  It’s usually closed every year in early October and reopens in late May or early June.