Yellowstone to reopen after floods

High water has washed away part of a Yellowstone National Park leading to Cooke City, Mont. NPS photo

Yellowstone National Park is likely to reopen the week of June 20, with visitors able to access the southern loop road entering from West Yellowstone, Mont., Jackson, Wyo. and Cody, Wyo. Park managers continue to assess damage following record flooding earlier this month.
The National Park Service is analyzing the carrying capacity of the south loop and working with partners to develop appropriate visitor management actions to safely accommodate visitors within that portion of the park, the park’s public affairs office said in a statement.

Park officials stressed that many popular attractions will be accessible, including Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Prismatic Springs, Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone Lake and numerous thermal features, along with abundant wildlife.

Visitors who have trips planned should not cancel plans, but should continue to check the Yellowstone website, local chambers of commerce, and social media for updates to get the most current information.

Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:

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.

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