On June 12, 2022, unprecedented rainfall caused extensive flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Yellowstone National Park. The historic water levels caused severe damage to roads, water and wastewater systems, power lines, and other critical park infrastructure.
After closing for 10 days (the first time since the park was established in 1872) and implementing an Alternate Landing Plate System (ALPS), the park is now reopened to ALL visitors. Both loops (North and South) are accessible with some sections still closed (see road conditions).
North and Northeast entrances
The North Entrance Road (Gardiner, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs) and Northeast Entrance Road (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana, to Tower-Roosevelt) remain closed to visitor vehicle traffic during temporary repairs. Visitors may access the park on foot through these entrances for recreation (fishing and hiking) in areas not identified as closed. The park will evaluate the possibility of allowing bicycles through these entrances to damaged road sections in the near future.
Park staff are working with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to expand park access where possible. Yellowstone has reopened a 23-mile segment of the Beartooth Highway (from the US-212/WY-296 junction to the ski area parking lot), allowing visitors to access this scenic route.
Reconnecting the park to Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate remains Yellowstone’s highest priority for flood recovery. These communities are open with access to the park as described above.