Traveling to Yellowstone? Here's what to expect

BRETT FRENCH

For tourists traveling to Yellowstone National Park as it reopens its southern loop on Wednesday morning, here’s what you can expect.

For now, only three entrances will be open: the West Entrance at West Yellowstone; the South Entrance coming from Grand Teton National Park; and the East Entrance coming from Cody, Wyoming.

The North Entrance at Gardiner and Northeast Entrance near Silver Gate and Cooke City remain closed for now, following unprecedented flooding on June 13 that consumed portions of park roadways making them impassable. All park visitors were evacuated the night of June 12.

Chuck Sams III, the National Park Service director, said in a Sunday press conference in Gardiner that his agency realizes it’s important to get the two entrances reopened as quickly as possible.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said officials are looking for “temporary solutions” to reconnect Cooke City and Silver Gate “as quickly as possible while we work on a permanent, long-term solution.” Within the next week the Park Service should have timelines for the completion of all of the work, the officials said.

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