FLOODING UPDATES

WEST YELLOWSTONE IS OPEN!

A lot has changed in our area in the last seven days – including your vacation. But if you’re here, if you’re displaced from other areas – or wondering if you should still come – West Yellowstone is open and safe, and there is still plenty to see and do.

The Park is working diligently to repair damage in order to open the southern loop as quickly and safely as possible. It is expected that loop will reopen next week.

Here’s a link to some of our favorite things to do – outside of the park.

https://destinationyellowstone.com/west-yellowstone…/

The heart of Yellowstone is still beating.


WHAT TO DO IN WEST YELLOWSTONE

RESOURCES

  • Please be advised of rapidly changing flood conditions affecting visitor travel. Visit the following sites for up-to-date safety information:
  • To sign up for text alerts for the following areas, please consider the following resources:
    • Yellowstone National Park: Text “82190” to 888-7777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

6/28/2022 6:15pm

Beartooth Highway (US-212) partially reopened with nighttime closures  

Stay informed about road status and weather conditions    

  • After repairing damage caused by the recent record-breaking flood event, the Beartooth Highway (US-212), located east of the park’s Northeast Entrance between Red Lodge, Montana, and Cooke City, Montana, partially reopened June 28.  
  • This partial reopening includes 23 miles of the Beartooth Highway beginning at the US-212/WY-296 junction to the Beartooth Ski Hill parking lot.  
  • Travelers will need to turn around at the ski hill parking lot due to flood damage on the remainder of the highway. 
  • The towns of Cooke City, Montana, and Silver Gate, Montana, remain open for visitor travel. 
  • Temporary road closures due to winter weather can occur any time on the highway given its high elevation. Stay informed about local weather conditions. 
  • Plan ahead. Nighttime closures will resume within this partially reopened roadway at the Pilot Index Overlook east to Beartooth Lake Campground. 
    • Closures will be in effect from 7.p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday. There will be no closures Friday through Sunday.   
    • This is a hard closure and traffic will not be allowed to pass through during these times.   
    • Closures will be in effect through mid-October and are necessary to allow for ongoing highway construction. 
  • Check the Montana and Wyoming departments of transportation websites for road updates and status throughout the summer.  

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/23/2022 10:30am

🚨☎️ YNP will NOT host a daily community call today, Thursday June 23rd. Our next call with Superintendent Cam Sholly and West Yellowstone will be tomorrow, June 24th at 10:00am. ☎️🚨

Phone: (202) 640-1187

Password: 69820879#

Please pass on the information. Stay safe.


6/22/2022 2:20pm

Yellowstone National Park’s south loop reopening update 

Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about the new interim visitor entry system

Map of Yellowstone National Park roads and flood impact areas 

Yellowstone National Park’s south loop reopened this morning, June 22, at 8 a.m. As the park expected, traffic entering through only three entrances (South, West, East) did cause major backups initially, however, backups have cleared at each entrance. By 12:30 p.m. only 20 cars were in line at the West Entrance. Park staff have monitored traffic throughout the day and reported light to medium activity in most areas. Norris Geyser Basin, one of the busiest destinations in the park, reported light activity.  

Less than 5,000 vehicles have entered the south loop today – normally it is 10,000 or more vehicles. Less than 1% of vehicles had to be turned around due to having the wrong license plate (see Flood Recovery and Operations for details about the license plate system). The park will monitor traffic and expects backups to be high in the mornings as day use visitors enter and should normalize mid-morning through mid-day. As a reminder, many times during normal years, traffic is backed up numerous miles at the West and South entrances. 

“While it’s too early to tell if the license plate system worked, it appears to have done its job by cutting our normal traffic counts by half,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly.  “As we’ve discussed with our community partners, we will monitor this together and make adjustments if necessary. We’re happy to have visitors back in Yellowstone and appreciate the patience of the public and community partners as we continue working through this difficult situation.” 

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/21/2022

Updates on Custer Gallatin Forest Service Trails

All forest service trails that were set to open on June16th, but delayed, have now opened. The Two Top Loop trail at the 50″ gate and all Lionhead Loop trails are still CLOSED. 

If you have questions, please call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District Office at (406)823-6961.


6/20/2022 9:25am

National Park Service announces $50 million in emergency funding; expedited plans to reopen 80 percent of Yellowstone

Park also making progress to identify expedient temporary options to restore access to Gardiner and Cooke City, Montana.  

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — During a visit to Yellowstone National Park and Gardiner, Montana, on Sunday, June 19, National Park Service Director Chuck Sams with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly announced $50 million to kick-start recovery efforts from record breaking floods. 

They also announced that in addition to the park’s southern loop reopening on June 22, the park’s northern loop is expected to reopen in two weeks or less following completion of clean-up, repairs and final inspection of the northern loop infrastructure. This will allow visitors to access Dunraven Pass, Tower, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris opening visitor access to approximately 80 percent of Yellowstone National Park. Additional details on access will be announced in the coming weeks.  

The initial $50 million will be used to restore temporary access to Gardiner and Cooke City, Montana and other additional sites. Plans are being finalized for improving the Old Gardiner Road for temporary access between Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana. In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, road construction crews and materials that were already in the park for a previously scheduled road project to repair 22 miles of the Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin will be diverted to the Old Gardiner Road project.   

The NPS currently anticipates the Old Gardiner Road will be substantially improved over the upcoming months, ensuring that essential emergency services, food, supplies and other administrative needs will be available throughout the winter months. As work proceeds through the summer, the NPS will look for opportunities to restore limited visitor access at the park’s North Entrance. Emergency environmental and historic preservation compliance is underway in accordance with the National Historic Preservation and Environmental Policy Acts. Permanent reconstruction options are being developed and alternatives will be completed in the upcoming months.  

In addition to plans to reopen Yellowstone’s northern loop much sooner than initially anticipated, the NPS is working with the Federal Highway Administration on a range of temporary and permanent options to restore access to Silver Gate and Cooke City at the park’s northeast entrance. Currently, the Northeast Entrance Road is impassible between Lamar Valley and Silver Gate. Cost, funding and timelines are not yet available for these short or long-term repairs to the Northeast Entrance Road but will be released as soon as possible.   

Announced on June 18, Yellowstone will restore access to the southern loop of the park at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, via the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson) entrances. Accessible areas include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village and Norris. To balance the demand for visitor access, park resource protection and economic interests of the communities, the park will institute an interim visitor access plan based on license plate numbers. To learn more about the alternate license plate entry system, visit Yellowstone’s flood recovery webpage.  

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Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/18/2022 3:18pm

Yellowstone National Park’s south loop will reopen to the public on June 22

Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about the new interim visitor entry system

Map of Yellowstone National Park roads and flood impact areas

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, Yellowstone National Park will begin allowing visitors to access the south loop of the park. The south loop is accessed from the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson). Areas accessible include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village and Norris (map). As part of reopening planning, park staff have engaged over 1,000 business owners, park partners, commercial operators and residents in surrounding gateway communities to determine how to manage summer visitation while the north loop remains closed due to flood damage.

To balance the demand for visitor access, park resource protection and economic interests of the communities, the park will institute an interim visitor access plan. The interim plan, referred to as the Alternating License Plate System (ALPS), was suggested as a solution by gateway communities during major public engagement with the park this past week. Park managers and partners have agreed this system is the best interim solution to ensuring the south loop does not become overwhelmed by visitors. The National Park Service will actively monitor the license plate system and is concurrently building a new reservation system that will be ready for implementation if needed.

Alternating License Plate System

  • Public vehicle entry will be allowed based on whether the last numerical digit on a license plate is odd or even.
  • Entrance will be granted based on odd/even days on the calendar.
    • Odd-numbered last digits on license plates can enter on odd days of the month.
    • Even-numbered last digits (including zero) on license plates can enter on even days of the month.
  • Personalized plates (all letters, for example YLWSTNE) will fall into the “odd” category for entrance purposes.
  • Plates with a mix of letters and numbers but that end with a letter (for example YELL4EVR) will still use the last numerical digit on the plate to determine entrance days.
  • Entrance station staff will turn away vehicles attempting to enter the park when the odd/even numerical digits do not correspond to the odd/even calendar date for entrance.

Exceptions

  • Current commercial use operators with active commercial use permits will be permitted to enter regardless of license plate number. This includes commercial tours and stock groups.
  • Visitors with proof of overnight reservations in the park will be permitted to enter regardless of license plate number. This includes hotels, campgrounds, and backcountry reservations.
  • Commercial motorcoaches will be permitted to enter regardless of license plate number.
  • Motorcycle groups may enter on even dates only.
  • Essential services like mail and deliver, employees and contractors may enter regardless of license plate number.

The interim license plate system will ensure that visitors have access to the park during this period of high demand. Park managers and staff will monitor the license plate system and impacts on resources, infrastructure, operations, and staffing, and may adjust or implement a reservation or timed entry system, if necessary, after three to four weeks.  

“Less than six days ago, Yellowstone National Park was hit with devastating floods,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our teams and partners, we are prepared to reopen the south loop of Yellowstone. It is impossible to reopen only one loop in the summer without implementing some type of system to manage visitation. My thanks to our gateway partners and others for helping us work out an acceptable temporary solution for the south loop while we continue our efforts to reopen the north loop. As we go through the reopening process, we will monitor the system’s effectiveness and work together to make adjustments that may be necessary. We will also reopen new sections of the park as repairs continue to be made. It is critical for visitors to stay informed about this interim system as we evaluate its effectiveness. They should plan ahead and be patient with us as we are still managing significant recovery while moving into this operational phase.”

OPEN in the south loop as of June 22

CLOSED until further notice in the south loop

Visit Operating Hours and Seasons for details about what is OPEN and CLOSED throughout the park.

Yellowstone staff are working to determine what other potential sections of the park may be reopened prior to roads closing Nov. 1. Decisions will depend on extent of damage and the ability of park managers to safely open additional sections as the year progresses. Park managers are evaluating plans to reopen roads connecting Canyon Village, Tower Junction, Mammoth Hot Spring and Norris however this will not happen initially. The park is also working to reconnect Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate as soon as possible with temporary solutions, while long-term reconstruction is planned.  

Visitors should continue to monitor the park website and social media for additional updates.

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/17/2022 10:23am

From Superintendent Cam Sholly this morning after the Press Release:The repair at Canyon is extensive. Crews are working to repair it over the weekend. And we’re finishing our bridge inspections around the southern loop. We’ll be putting something out today or tomorrow once we’re confident on the safety of the loop and also be explaining the license plate entrance system.


6/17/2022 9:45am

UPDATE FROM THE YNP FACEBOK PAGE: Yellowstone National Park continues efforts to recover from historic flooding; Limited reopening highly possible next week on park’s south loop with certain visitor entrance modifications; Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about current situation, changes in visitor entry requirements, and road and weather conditions

– Yellowstone continues major flood recovery efforts in the north while repairing damage and preparing for reopening in the south.

– All five park entrances remain closed temporarily; however, West, South, and East entrances are targeted for reopening as early as next week.

– Water levels remain high but have gone down substantially over the past 24 hours.

– Weather patterns and potential for additional flooding events are being monitored with the assistance of NOAA and USGS personnel.

– The National Park Service (NPS) has engaged over 1,000 partners in surrounding gateway communities, counties and states in the past 96 hours to brief on flood damage impacts and collaborate on reopening strategies.

– Teams are in the park assessing damage and assisting with short and long-term recovery planning.

– NPS is analyzing the carrying capacity of the south loop and working closely with partners to develop appropriate visitor management actions to safely accommodate visitors within that portion of the park.

– NPS is working to determine what other potential sections of the park may be reopened for the season. Decisions will depend on extent of damage and the ability of the NPS to safely open additional sections as the year progresses.

– Although access to Yellowstone National Park will be less than normal until further notice, there are still incredible opportunities for recreation, wildlife viewing, and great experiences in the park’s gateway communities (Gardiner, Montana; Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana; West Yellowstone, Montana; Cody, Wyoming; and Jackson, Wyoming), as well as surrounding areas in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. View a list of nearby cities, parks, public lands, and museums to help plan your visit: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/nearbyattractions.htm

– Visitors who have trips planned should continue to check the Yellowstone website, local chambers of commerce, and social media for updates to get the most up-to-date information.

– Because initial damage assessments are ongoing, the NPS does not yet have an estimate on when Yellowstone will fully reopen nor are preliminary costs for repairs and recovery available.

– To date, there have been no public or employee injuries reported due to the flood.

‼ View more information about flood recovery efforts and park operations, including a list of FAQ’s: go.nps.gov/YELLflood


6/17/2022 9:56am

Yellowstone National Park continues efforts to recover from historic flooding; Limited reopening highly possible next week on park’s south loop with certain visitor entrance modifications  

Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about current situation, changes in visitor entry requirements, and road and weather conditions

Key Information

  • Yellowstone continues major flood recovery efforts in the north while repairing damage and preparing for reopening in the south.
  • All five park entrances remain closed temporarily, however, West, South, and East entrances are targeted for reopening as early as next week.
  • Water levels remain high but have gone down substantially over the past 24 hours.
  • Weather patterns and potential for additional flooding events are being monitored with the assistance of NOAA and USGS personnel.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) has engaged over 1,000 partners in surrounding gateway communities, counties and states in the past 96 hours to brief on flood damage impacts and collaborate on reopening strategies.
  • Teams are in the park assessing damage and assisting with short and long-term recovery planning.
  • NPS is analyzing the carrying capacity of the south loop and working closely with partners to develop appropriate visitor management actions to safely accommodate visitors within that portion of the park.
  • NPS is working to determine what other potential sections of the park may be reopened for the season. Decisions will depend on extent of damage and the ability of the NPS to safely open additional sections as the year progresses.
  • Although access to Yellowstone National Park will be less than normal until further notice, there are still incredible opportunities for recreation, wildlife viewing, and great experiences in the park’s gateway communities (Gardiner, Montana; Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana; West Yellowstone, Montana; Cody, Wyoming; and Jackson, Wyoming), as well as surrounding areas in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. View a list of nearby cities, parks, public lands, and museums to help plan your visit.
  • Visitors who have trips planned should continue to check the Yellowstone website, local chambers of commerce, and social media for updates to get the most up-to-date information.
  • Because initial damage assessments are ongoing, the NPS does not yet have an estimate on when Yellowstone will fully reopen nor are preliminary costs for repairs and recovery available.
  • To date, there have been no public or employee injuries reported due to the flood.  

Message from the Superintendent

“We have made tremendous progress in a very short amount of time but have long way to go,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “All emergency and life safety objectives within the park have been accomplished or stabilized within the first 96 hours of the flood event, without major injury or death. We have an aggressive plan for recovery in the north and resumption of operations in the south. We appreciate the tremendous support from National Park Service and Department of Interior leadership, in addition to our surrounding Congressional delegations, governors, counties, communities, and other partners. This first 96 hours has been critical to be able to focus on our life safety objectives and stabilizing emergency conditions while preparing plans for recovery.”

Objectives

North Loop (Primary Flood Recovery Zone)

1. Ensure safety of employees, visitors, community residents and partners

2. Restore and maintain basic services including, power, water, and wastewater  

3. Restore temporary and permanent access between Yellowstone and Gardiner

4. Restore temporary and permanent road access through the Northeast Entrance Road

5. Restore access to the Yellowstone backcountry

6. Engage communities, local, state, and federal stakeholders, and media

South Loop (Operations Zone)

1. Ensure safety of employees, visitors, and partners

2. Repair damaged sections of roads and infrastructure in preparation of limited south loop reopening; inspect critical infrastructure (bridges, wastewater systems)

3. Conduct extensive community outreach with gateways to identify and determine visitor use management actions necessary to host visitation on the south loop

4. Develop reservation/timed entry system options for implementation with NPS visitor use experts

5. Ensure internal business partners are prepared for visitor operations in the south loop

6. Develop appropriate communications strategy on opening of south loop

General Updates

North Loop (Flood Recovery Zone)

  • All employees continue to be safe and accounted for. Additional support programs are being established for employees impacted by the flood event.
  • Employees who lost housing have been relocated to new housing units.
  • Thanks to Montana Department of Transportation and Park County Montana, Highway 89 north from Gardiner was reopened on Wednesday to facilitate the exit of stranded visitors.
  • Food and water supplies to Gardiner have resumed.
  • Power has been restored to Yellowstone with the assistance of Northwestern Energy.
  • Destroyed wastewater lines in Mammoth have been temporarily repaired with permanent repair options being planned.
  • Extensive efforts have been made to improve the Old Gardiner Road to help facilitate connection of essential services and personnel from Mammoth to Gardiner. Park staff are assessing what level of improvements are needed to facilitate higher traffic levels.
  • Plans and assessments of reconstruction of new the permanent road between Mammoth and Gardiner are underway. The new road will likely not be reconstructed in the same corridor as the previous road.
  • Teams from Federal Highways and other agencies are in the park assisting with damage assessments and assisting the park in developing cost estimates and timeline for repair.
  • Aerial 3D imaging flights have been conducted on the Northeast Entrance Road to Cooke City to help with damage assessments.
  • Extensive assessments are occurring of damage to trails, bridges and infrastructure within the Yellowstone backcountry.
  • Mud and rockslides have been cleared from Dunraven Pass and other sections of the northern and southern loops.

South Loop (Operations Zone)

  • The park intends to reopen the south loop sometime next week with new visitor management measures instituted (more information will be released soon). Reopening is dependent on damaged infrastructure being repaired.
  • On Thursday morning, June 16, a section of damaged road collapsed south of Canyon Village. Crews will begin major repairs on Friday, June 17 with an intent to complete repairs by Monday, June 20. This repair must be completed prior to opening the south loop.
  • Park staff are inspecting all bridges and roadways for damage on the south loop to facilitate safe travel.
  • To ensure the southern loop infrastructure is not overwhelmed, the park is working with gateway communities and NPS visitor use experts to determine the best way to facilitate access.

Known Damage and Issues

  • Aerial assessments conducted Monday, June 13 by Yellowstone National Park show major damage to several park roads including:
    • North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs: road washed out in multiple places, significant rockslide in Gardner Canyon
    • Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance: segment of road washed out near Soda Butte Picnic Area, mudslides, downed trees
    • Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass): mudslide on road
    • Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge: Segment of road just south of Canyon Junction is compromised and collapsed overnight on June 15-16. Repairs are underway.
  • Many sections of road in these areas are completely gone and will require substantial time and effort to reconstruct or relocate and build.
  • In some cases, roads may not be able to be reconstructed in place and will need to be relocated.
  • The NPS will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible.  

Stay Informed

  • Visitors planning to travel to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should stay informed about the current situation and pay close attention to the status of road and weather conditions.
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:
    • Visit Park Roads.
    • To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
    • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.
  • Find updates about flood recovery efforts and park operations at go.nps.gov/YELLflood.
  • Find new photos on Flickr of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available.

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/16/2022 12:57pm

Hebgen Lake Ranger District in West Yellowstone will be delaying the opening of their June 16 gates, due to high water and some flooding.

“In West Yellowstone, we did have some flooding occur, our staff is evaluating all road conditions, cleaning out culverts and ensuing the stability of roads and bridges, said Jason Brey, Hebgen Lake District Ranger. Once we can evaluate each road or trail it will open as quickly as possible.”

Stay Safe and Continue to Recreate Responsibly.

#RecreateResponsibly


6/14/2022 6:42pm

Northern portion of Yellowstone National Park likely to remain closed for a substantial length of time due to severely damaged, impacted infrastructure

Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about current situation, road and weather conditions 

Updates 

  • Aerial assessments conducted Monday, June 13, by Yellowstone National Park show major damage to multiple sections of road between the North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana), Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley and Cooke City, Montana, near the Northeast Entrance.  
  • Many sections of road in these areas are completely gone and will require substantial time and effort to reconstruct. 
  • The National Park Service will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible; however, it is probable that road sections in northern Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the time required for repairs.  
  • To prevent visitors from being stranded in the park if conditions worsen, the park in coordination with Yellowstone National Park Lodges made the decision to have all visitors move out of overnight accommodations (lodging and campgrounds) and exit the park. 
  • All entrances to Yellowstone National Park remain temporarily CLOSED while the park waits for flood waters to recede and can conduct evaluations on roads, bridges and wastewater treatment facilities to ensure visitor and employee safety.  
  • There will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entrances into the park, including visitors with lodging and camping reservations, until conditions improve and park infrastructure is evaluated. 
  • The park’s southern loop appears to be less impacted than the northern roads and teams will assess damage to determine when opening of the southern loop is feasible. This closure will extend minimally through next weekend.  
  • Due to the northern loop being unavailable for visitors, the park is analyzing how many visitors can safely visit the southern loop once it’s safe to reopen. This will likely mean implementation of some type of temporary reservation system to prevent gridlock and reduce impacts on park infrastructure.  
  • At this time, there are no known injuries nor deaths to have occurred in the park as a result of the unprecedented flooding.   
  • Effective immediately, Yellowstone’s backcountry is temporarily closed while crews assist campers (five known groups in the northern range) and assess damage to backcountry campsites, trails and bridges. 
  • The National Park Service, surrounding counties and states of Montana and Wyoming are working with the park’s gateway communities to evaluate flooding impacts and provide immediate support to residents and visitors. 
  • Water levels are expected to recede today in the afternoon; however, additional flood events are possible through this weekend.  

Known damage and issues 

  • Known damage (at this time) to some park roads includes: 
    • North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs: road washed out in multiple places, significant rockslide at Gardner Canyon 
    • Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance: segment of road washed out near Soda Butte Picnic Area, mudslides, downed trees 
    • Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass): mudslide on road 
    • Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge: Segment of road just south of Canyon Junction potentially compromised and closed for evaluation 
  • The power continues to be out in multiple locations in the park.  
  • Water and wastewater systems at Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs are being impacted by flooding conditions and are being monitored.      

Stay Informed 

  • Visitors planning to travel to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should stay informed about the current situation and pay close attention to the status of road and weather conditions. 
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:  
    • Visit Park Roads.  
    • To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).  
    • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.  
  • Find news releases about the incident on the park’s website.  
  • Find photos on Flickr of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park.  
  • Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. 

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F


6/14/2022 6:00pm

Highway 191 and Highway 20 are open and clear, but please be aware while driving if you see rising waters near or on the roadway. Main Gallatin River was above Flood stage yesterday 6/13/2022. Erosion mitigation began along the roadway in the Gallatin Canyon on U.S. Highway 191 yesterday 6/13/2022. Traffic will be delayed until completed.

Please remember:

🚧 Don’t drive over or across flooded roads.

🚧 Be aware of rising water.

🚧 If you see flooding or washing out roads, please report it to the Ranger District immediately. : https://www.fs.usda.gov/…/custe…/about-forest/offices…

Please stay safe while traveling.


6/13/2022 6:00pm

Town of West Yellowstone Public Information Release
In recognition of the emergency situation and the displacement of travelers to Yellowstone National Park, the Town of West Yellowstone is permitting temporary overnight camping for tonight Monday June 13th. We advise travelers that this is a temporary and emergency situation, if you can make other accommodations please consider doing so.

The Town has designated 3 areas for displaced campers for this evening. (See map below)

  1. The Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot (30 Yellowstone Avenue) may be
    used for car campers or small pop-up campers. The restroom facilities will
    remain open overnight and are available in the Chamber Building.
  2. Pioneer Park (North Canyon Street) may be used for tent camping. There
    are restroom facilities in the park that will remain open overnight.
  3. The Old Airport/80 acres (Highway 20 and Iris Street) will be available for
    self-contained RVs and campers. There will be no restroom facilities
    available.

    Please be bear aware and keep all food and trash secure.
    No Campfires allowed.
    There will be a trash trailer available near the corner of Highway 20 and Iris Street.
    Leave no trace!
    Be respectful of other campers and the community.

6/13/2022 3:00pm – Community Calls with YNP

Due to the ongoing flooding and road closures, the park will host a daily call with the community and businesses of West Yellowstone, daily through Friday, June 17, from 1:30-2pm.  

Topics for this will call include:  

  • Current road closure updates 
  • Emergency response and planning efforts 
  • Communications and next steps 

202-640-1187   
Phone Conference ID: 672 598 29# (Updated code – this code is good Tuesday – Friday)


6/13/2022 2:58pm

Statement from superintendent Cam Sholly about all entrances in Yellowstone National Park closed temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions:

“Due to record flooding events in the park and more precipitation in the forecast, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all inbound visitation,” said superintendent Cam Sholly. “Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues. The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and State of Montana to provide necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas. Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the park’s southern loop, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin to move visitors in the southern loop out of the park later today in coordination with our in-park business partners. We will not know timing of the park’s reopening until flood waters subside and we’re able to assess the damage throughout the park. It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time. I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and of our gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event. We appreciate the support offered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors.”

We will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. More info: go.nps.gov/220613

Photos (NPS):

1. High water levels in the Lamar River eroding the Northeast Entrance Road.

2. Northeast Entrance Road washed out near Soda Butte Picnic Area.


6/13/2022 2:19pm

Press Release from Yellowstone National Park

UPDATE: All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions 

  • Effective immediately, there will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entrances into Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, at a minimum.  
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone: 
    • Visit Park Roads
    • To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). 
    • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message. 
  • Find photos on Flickr of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park. 
  • Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. 

Community Call-In with YNP

Stay informed about road status and weather conditions 

Due to the ongoing flooding and road closures, the Yellowstone National Park will host a community call with West Yellowstone residents and businesses this afternoon from 1:30-2:00pm. Please distribute this to West Yellowstone businesses and residents. 

Topics for this call include:  

  • Current road closure updates 
  • Emergency response and planning efforts 
  • Communications moving forward 

To call in: 

 202-640-1187

Phone Conference ID: 517 266 058#


6/13/2022 11:11am

Press Release from Yellowstone National Park

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions 

Stay informed about road status and weather conditions 

  • Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily CLOSED due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding. 
  • Effective immediately, no inbound visitor traffic will be allowed into the park until conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges and other facilities. This includes visitors with lodging and camping reservations. 
  • Closed entrances include: 
  • North 
  • Northeast 
  • West 
  • South 
  • East 
  • The power is out in multiple locations in the park.  
  • Visitors planning on coming to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should pay close attention to the status of road conditions.  
  • Many park roads may remain closed for an extended period of time.  
  • Preliminary assessments show multiple sections of roads throughout the park have been either washed out or covered in mud or rocks, and multiple bridges may be affected.  
  • Multiple roads in the southern portion of the park are also on the verge of being flooded, further restricting access. 
  • With additional rainfall forecasted, the park does not want large numbers of day-use visitors stranded in the park.  
  • Strains on wastewater and water treatment facilities could become a factor and the park is taking precautions to ensure facilities are not failing. 
  • The National Park Service, surrounding counties and state of Montana and Wyoming will work with the gateway communities to evaluate flooding impacts and provide support to residents. 
  • Rainfall is expected to continue for the next several days. Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are beyond record levels. 
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone: 
  • Visit Park Roads
  • To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). 
  • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message. 
  • Find photos on Flickr of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park. 
  • Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available.

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent

Yellowstone National Park

Office: 307-344-2015

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. M-F

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6/13/2022 11:07am

All inbound traffic into Yellowstone National Park through all entrances is closed at this time due to hazardous conditions, due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall. 

We are advising visitors traveling to the West gate, please don’t continue to the gate…the traffic is being brought into the Park and diverted back out to the Town. 

Visitor Information Staff and Board Members are currently walking the line of traffic to provide visitors a quicker update and to help divert them faster.

We will continue to bring you updates via email and social media as we receive them.