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Is Yellowstone Open? Flood Updates

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. The three southern-most entrances plus both loops of the Grand Loop Road are open. The north and northeast entrances, plus Lamar Valley on the northeast entrance road are currently closed to passenger vehicle traffic but park officials announced that they expect these roads to be passable by October, 15, 2022.

YS Flood Map - Slough Creek Open
(Photo: National Park Service)

Open entrances include the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, the South Entrance near Jackson/Grand Teton National Park, and the East Entrance near Cody. The north and northeast entrances of the park are expected to be passable by October 15, 2022. Currently, road construction has progressed to a point where the park is allowing visitors to hike or walk on the northern entry roads through the closed entrances for recreation.

Prior to October, 15, tour operators have vehicle access to the park through the North Entrance via Old Gardiner Road, which runs parallel to the damaged park road. Contact guided tour providers in the area to see which ones are operating through the North Entrance. Visitors wanting to tour the Tower Junction to Slough Creek road corridor on the Northeast Entrance road, can book a day-use ticket at Recreation.gov for daytime use. Reserve one of two 4-hour time windows per day. Only visitors with a printed paper ticket will only be able to enter this road corridor from Tower Junction to hike, fish and watch wildlife.

Although the north and northeast entrances are closed, the gateway towns of Gardiner (accessible via Hwy. 89 with no detours) and Silver Gate/Cooke City (accessible via Hwy. 296/Chief Joseph Highway from Cody and also via the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge) are open and welcoming visitors. These towns are hubs for wildlife-watching and are teaming with outfitters for rafting, fishing, ziplining and horseback riding. Park staff are working with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to further expand park access where possible.

The seasonal Beartooth Highway adjacent to Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance fully opened on July 22, 2022. Find more information about construction on the Beartooth on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beartoothhighway/

Learn more about Yellowstone’s flood recovery at www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/flood-recovery.htm.

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

Gardiner www.facebook.com/visitgardinermt/

Livingston www.facebook.com/windycitymt

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

Jackson www.facebook.com/JHChamber

Grand Teton National Park, is open and operating as normal, except for low water levels in Jackson Lake. www.facebook.com/GrandTetonNPS/