Flood Recovery and Operations

 
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In June 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. (Video includes natural sounds only: no narration.)

 

Learn and Explore

Less than three weeks after this major flood event, the south and north loops of the park opened to the visiting public. Approximately 93% of paved roads and 94% of Yellowstone’s backcountry is currently open to the public. 

Please visit Operating Hours and Seasons for the most up-to-date information on facility dates and operations. More details about current park road access can be found below or on the Park Roads page.

 

Current Park Road Access

Access Accessible To Details
North Entrance
(Gardiner, MT)
Foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours Access for 1 mile to Rescue Creek.
Commercial tours Access between Gardiner and Mammoth Hot Springs.
Northeast Entrance
(Cooke City/Silver Gate, MT)
Foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours Access for 2 miles to Warm Creek Trailhead.
East Entrance Vehicles, foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours, stock outfitters Full access.
South Entrance Vehicles, foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours, stock outfitters Full access.
West Entrance Vehicles, foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours, stock outfitters Full access.
Tower Junction Vehicles, foot traffic, bicycles, commercial tours, stock outfitters. No vehicle day-use ticket required as of Sept. 8. Access from Tower Junction to Slough Creek.

 
A map showing which roads are open to vehicle traffic, foot traffic and bike traffic. It's a visual representation of what is described in the table above.
For the live roads status, click the map above to visit the Park Roads page.
 

Flood Recovery & Operations FAQs

Park Roads

  • North Entrance (Gardiner, MT) to Mammoth Hot Springs: road washed away in multiple places, significant rockslide at Gardner Canyon.
  • Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance: segment of road washed away near Soda Butte Picnic Area, mudslides, downed trees.
  • Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass): mudslide on road.
  • Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge: segment of road just south of Canyon Junction potentially compromised and closed for evaluation.
  • Crews evaluated multiple bridges across the park.

Power Outages

  • Power outages sustained in multiple locations in the park.

Water Systems

  • Water and wastewater systems at Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs were impacted by flooding conditions. 
View photos of the flood damage.
  • 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 vehicular traffic while temporary repairs are completed.
  • Efforts to improve the Old Gardiner Road that connects Mammoth Hot Springs to the North Entrance (Gardiner, MT) and to repair approximately five damaged sections of the Northeast Entrance Road are underway and expected to be passable for regular traffic by Oct. 15, with additional improvements continuing beyond that date, weather permitting.
  • Visitors may access the park on foot and bicycle through these entrances in order to recreate (fish and hike) in areas not identified as closed:
    • From the North Entrance, pedestrians and bicyclists can travel 1 mile to the Rescue Creek Trailhead.
    • From the Northeast Entrance, pedestrians and bicyclists can travel 2 miles to the Warm Creek Trailhead.
  • Approved guides and outfitters are being granted as much access as possible to opened sections of the park through the North and Northeast Entrance Roads. Park staff will continue to work with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to further expand park access where possible.

Reconnecting the park to Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate remains Yellowstone's highest flood recovery priority. These communities are open with access to the park as described above.

Backcountry campsites or Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, and Slough Creek Campgrounds:

If your reservation was impacted, you're encouraged to re-book at one of the campgrounds that are currently open. Otherwise, Yellowstone National Park staff will reach out to you soon about reservation cancelations and refunds.

 

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    Last updated: September 14, 2022

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