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Limited Yellowstone Reopening Set for Wednesday

After flooding that decimated miles of roads in and around Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park is set to reopen on Wednesday, June 22nd under an odd/even license plate number access system.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday visitors will be able to access the south loop of the park from either the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), or 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 while the park recovers, vehicles will be allowed to enter the park based on the last number of their license plate:

Odd/Even Entry to Yellowstone

Exceptions

Park staff will monitor the license plate system 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.”

OPEN in the south loop as of June 22

CLOSED until further notice in the south loop

In what has been called a 1 in 500 years event, the northern roads into the park are severely damaged, and may not open for years to come. But the massive figure 8 loop road and the three southern entrances into the park have been less impacted. It’s not clear when the northern loop might reopen, but Yellowstone staff are working to determine whether some or all of it might open prior to the park’s closing on Nov. 1. They are evaluating plans to reopen roads connecting Canyon Village, Tower Junction, Mammoth Hot Spring and Norris. 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.  

Yellowstone is a very large park, but with half as much space available for visitors, a solution to manage the number of entrances was required.

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