Flood Recovery & Operations
Beginning June 12, 2022, unprecedented amounts of rainfall caused substantial flooding, rockslides, and mudslides within Yellowstone National Park. Historic water levels caused severe damage to roads, water and wastewater systems, power lines, and other critical park infrastructure. Check the flood recovery and operations page for up-to-date information and updates on flood recovery efforts and park operations.
Current COVID-19 community level of Yellowstone National Park: LOW
Mask requirements are based on this community level. Based on the current community level, the following applies:
Regardless of the current community level:
In general, the National Park Service follows CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Check locally and in the park app for updates and changes in park operations. Thank you for helping to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.
The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance is the only park road typically open to regular traffic year-round, weather permitting (closes in winter east of Cooke City, MT). All other park roads are closed to wheeled vehicles (cars, vans, motorcycles, etc.), and open to limited snowmobile and snowcoach travel from mid-December to mid-March. Before coming to the park, be sure to check the following:
The weather in Yellowstone can change quickly, especially during the winter. While planning your trip, be sure to check out the following:
The Natural Resource Conservation Service offers an interactive map that displays current data on snow depth, snow water equivalent, and more from SNOTEL stations in and around Yellowstone. Avalanche forecasts and other winter safety information are available from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center.
Check the backcountry situation report or call the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for trail and campsite conditions. Stream levels have risen in some areas with the recent rain and snow. Use caution when crossing streams.
Check out the operating hours to see which services will be availble during your visit. Operating hours and service levels can change with little notice, so please check back often.
Boiling River: Closed until further notice
Park waters are swift and cold, so use caution around all rivers and streams. Read more about swimming and soaking in Yellowstone.
Never approach animals or block traffic to view them. The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk. Read more about safety in bear country and learn about bear spray, a highly effective, non-lethal bear deterrent.
Last updated: September 27, 2022