|Above, Yellowstone is open, but it takes more planning to get in. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
When nature decides to do something, man is powerless to stop it.
Such is the case with the floods in Yellowstone National Park. It damaged or destroyed roads within the park, primarily the northern ones.
Much of the park has reopened and people are wondering where they can go in the park. West Entrance from West Yellowstone, Montana and South Entrance from Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming are open for example.
Travel + Leisure provides a rundown on where people can and can't go to.
They begin with:
It was set to be a banner year for Yellowstone National Park. In 2021, the park welcomed a record 4.9 million visitors, and in March 2022, the country's oldest national park celebrated its 150th birthday. But in mid-June, right as the summer season started to ramp up, record rainfall led to mudslides, rockslides, and flooding, causing damage to roads, water systems, trails, and power lines.
As of Thursday, July 28, the north and northeast entrances remain closed to vehicles due to flood damage. That means visitors looking to access the park by car from Gardiner, Montana, (north entrance) or Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana, (northeast entrance) are out of luck. That said, the entrances are open to foot traffic.
Although two of the park entrances remain closed, 93% of the park's roads are open, and both the north and south loops are accessible via the west, south, and east entrances.
America's oldest national park remains as vibrant and beautiful as ever — it just takes a little extra planning to ensure your trip isn't impacted by the closures. Here's what you need to know before you go.
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