Yellowstone is Open Following June Floods
Get updated on which areas of Yellowstone are open after the June 2022 flood.
Following flood damage which closed the park on June 13, 2022, Yellowstone reopened 93% of roadways by July 2 including the three southern-most entrances plus both loops of the Grand Loop Road. The Northeast Entrance was reopened Oct. 15. The North Entrance, which was rerouted to a road that runs parallel to the damaged road, was reopened Oct. 30. These two northern entrances remain open year-round. The other three southern entrances and much of the Grand Loop Road close to vehicle traffic during the winter starting Nov. 1. Yellowstone annually closes roads at this time of year to prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Dec. 15.
Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, as well as all dining facilities at Mammoth, are usually open in the winter but will be closed for the 2022/23 season due to repairs resulting from the June 2022 flood. The gift shop, ski shop, barista and lobby will be open for the 2022/23 season, as well as snowcoach tours departing Mammoth. See more information at www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/alerts/.
The popular Boiling River swimming area between Gardiner and Mammoth Hot Springs, has been permanently altered by the flood. The surge caused the river to shift its course, so much that there is no longer as much of a convergence of hot spring water mixing with the cold river water. The walkways have also been washed out and there is no longer road access to the area. The original North Entrance Road was damaged so extensively that traffic has been diverted to a nearby road, therefore cutting off access to the swimming area. At the time of this writing, there are no plans for reconstruction.
For a complete list of facilities open in the park such as campgrounds, hotels and visitor centers, visit www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hours.htm. See the current conditions of park roads at www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm and more updates at the Yellowstone NPS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YellowstoneNPS.
The video below shows the initial damage to park roads and highlights the remarkable work road crews have accomplished.
Yellowstone Area Updates
Note that Yellowstone’s gateway towns have also been affected by the flood. Here are some social links to help you keep in touch with these local communities.
Northern Yellowstone Area
Yellowstone Country Montana www.facebook.com/YellowstoneCountry
Red Lodge and Beartooth Highway www.facebook.com/visitredlodge
Cooke City-Silver Gate www.facebook.com/pages/Cooke-City-Silver-Gate-Montana/108244039196462
Silver Gate Lodging www.facebook.com/silvergatelodging
Eastern Yellowstone Area
Cody Yellowstone www.facebook.com/CodyYellowstone/
Pahaska Tepee Resort www.facebook.com/PahaskaTepeeWY
Western Yellowstone Area
West Yellowstone destinationyellowstone.com/flooding-emergency/ and www.facebook.com/DestinationYellowstone
Southern Yellowstone Area including Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, is open and operating as normal, except for low water levels in Jackson Lake. www.facebook.com/GrandTetonNPS/