Yellowstone National Park’s South Loop will reopen Wednesday, but will only see certain daily visitors

Visitors should check Yellowstone National Park’s website and social media to stay up to date.

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After a week of major flooding, the South Loop of Yellowstone National Park will reopen to the public this coming Wednesday with limited capacity.

The park, which surrounds parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, and numerous surrounding towns, has been inundated by record rainfall and flash floods since last weekend, prompting authorities to close all entrances to Yellowstone.

“At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, Yellowstone National Park will begin allowing visitors to access the park’s South Loop,” park officials said in a statement.

“The South Loop is accessed from the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson). Accessible areas include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village, and Norris.”

In order for officials to make sure the South Loop doesn’t get overwhelmed by visitors, they said they will use an alternate license plate system:

  1. Cars with license plates ending in an odd number can visit on odd days of the month.
  2. Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers, including zero, may enter on even days of the month.

Although the northern loop remains closed, “park staff have engaged more than 1,000 business owners, park partners, business operators, and residents in the surrounding gateway communities to determine how to manage summer visitation,” Yellowstone officials said. .

Likewise, tourists should check the Yellowstone National Park website and social media to stay up to date.

In a three-day span last week, the park received two to three times the typical rainfall for the entire month of June.

Precipitation this month was more than 400% of average in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana, according to the National Weather Service.

At one point, the Yellowstone River swelled to its highest level in 100 years, according to data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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