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Yellowstone National Park’s south loop reopens

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 12:50:39-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Following historic flooding, the south loop of Yellowstone National Park reopened to traffic on Wednesday morning.

Visitors can now access the south loop of Yellowstone via an Alternating License Plate System (ALPS). The park’s north loop remains closed due to flood damage until further notice.

Historic water levels beginning on June 12 caused severe damage to roads, water and wastewater systems, power lines, and other critical park infrastructure. Check this page often for information and updates on flood recovery efforts and park operations.

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“The National Park Service (NPS) will actively monitor the license plate system for impacts to resources, visitor experience, staffing, operations, infrastructure, and gateway communities and may adjust the ALPS or implement a reservation or timed entry system at any time. The NPS and Recreation.gov are concurrently building a new reservation system that will be ready for implementation if needed,” a statement on the Yellowstone National Park website states.

Additional information about the ALPS can be found at https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/flood-recovery.htm.

“We have made tremendous progress in a very short amount of time but have a long way to go. We have an aggressive plan for recovery in the north and resumption of operations in the south,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly stated. “We appreciate the tremendous support from National Park Service and Department of the Interior leadership, in addition to our surrounding Congressional delegations, governors, counties, communities, and other partners."