Dunraven Pass

Dunraven Pass is an unforgettable journey in Yellowstone NP

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.

Can you drive to Dunraven Pass?

Located within 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. The paved road winds through the mountains revealing amazing panoramic views.

Is Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone open?

Set high in Washburn Range, Dunraven Pass is said to be the highest pass inside the park. Due its elevation the pass can get snow at any time of year- even summer.  It's always the first to close during a regional snow storm, and it is always the first road to close in the fall as Yellowstone Park winds down for the winter. It’s usually closed every year in early October and reopens in late May or early June.

 

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