Yellowstone opening up most of the park Saturday


Yellowstone National Park will reopen the north loop today to all visitors.

Visitors can access the south and north loops via the East Entrance, West Entrance, and South Entrance.

“We’re pleased to reopen the north loop of Yellowstone to the visiting public less than three weeks after this major flood event,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly.

Alternating License Plate System suspended 

More good news: no more plate jockeying with the calendar. Yellowstone is suspending the alternating plate system this weekend.

Yellowstone implemented the Alternating License Plate System (ALPS) upon reopening the south loop June 22 to ensure visitor traffic did not overwhelm the south loop. The interim system worked very effectively at moderating traffic within the park, however, with the opening of the north loop and 93% of the road system open, ALPS will be suspended effective July 2.

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 vehicular traffic while temporary repairs are completed. Visitors may access the park on foot through these entrances in order to recreate (fish and hike) in areas not identified as closed.

Park staff is working with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to them back in business.

And finally, most of Yellowstone’s southern backcountry will open to overnight use on Friday, July 1, however some trails and campsites will remain closed for repairs due to flood impacts, high water and bear management closures.

A large portion of the backcountry in the north remains closed as damage assessments continue. Many northern trails have been severely damaged and bridges washed away.




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