Traditionally, the Longmire gate was opened 24/7 when the Paradise Inn was open for the season ('mid-May'). Last Spring, the NPS lengthened the hours a couple times and stopped locking the gate a couple weeks before the Inn opened. That info was just posted on Twitter when it happened. FWIW, opening time was about 8:20 both mornings this weekend.
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.