Yellowstone reopens north loop on Saturday; vehicle restriction dropped; walk-in access OK'd

Billings Gazette

Yellowstone National Park will reopen a portion of the north loop on Saturday, July 2, to all visitors following historic flooding in mid-June that closed the entire park, the Park Service announced on Thursday.

In addition, the license plate restrictions at park entrances will be lifted. The closures at the North Entrance, at Gardiner, and Northeast Entrance, at Silver Gate and Cooke City, for motorized traffic remain. However, walk-in access will be allowed from those gates for day-tripping hikers and anglers, with some areas inside the park still off-limits.

With the opening, visitors will be able to drive from Norris Geyser Basin to Mammoth Hot Springs, Mammoth to Tower-Roosevelt and Tower-Roosevelt over Dunraven Pass to Canyon Junction, as well as the opposite direction. The road from Tower-Roosevelt to Slough Creek remains closed.

“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 in a statement. “We have attempted to balance major recovery efforts while reopening as much of the park as possible. We have greatly appreciated the tremendous support of the Department of the Interior; National Park Service; Federal Highway Administration; and our congressional,

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