Limited reopening of Yellowstone 'highly possible' next week

Joshua Wolfson, Casper Star-Tribune

A limited reopening of Yellowstone National Park next week is “highly possible,” park officials announced Friday.

Under a plan released by the National Park Service, visitors would be allowed in the park’s southern loop. Three of Yellowstone’s five entrances would open: the west, south and east gates.

Park officials did not announce an exact date for reopening. Some road repairs need to be completed before that can happen, they said. Officials are also trying to determine the capacity of the southern loop, given that other parts of the park will remain closed.

The park closed Monday after catastrophic flooding caused widespread damages to roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Yellowstone’s northern portion was hardest hit. Despite the extensive damage, no one was injured or killed.

Park officials earlier this week said they do not expect to reopen the northern portion of Yellowstone to visitors this summer. But the National Park Service is working to decide what other parts of the park could be reopened this year, Friday’s announcement states.

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