South Loop of Yellowstone National Park Is Open, Wyoming Travel Update

Yellowstone general store
Phot by Kristin Barclay

Dubbed the summer of ‘revenge travel’ the recent flooding in Yellowstone National Park has many travelers scrambling to adjust their plans. The photos and videos of the damage looked devastating and like it would take months, possibly years for the park to recover and be ready for an influx of tourists. But, the good news, is the National Park Service will spend $50 million on repairs which will restore access to about 80% of the park within two weeks.

An update on Wyoming tourism readiness from the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT)

Things are quickly returning to normal after flooding in Yellowstone National Park and gateways throughout Wyoming continue to be open and welcome visitors. Please continue to refer to the following pages for the most up-to-date information:


Yellowstone National Park will reopen the south loop beginning Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 am. The south loop includes the East (Cody, Wyoming), South (Grand Teton/Jackson, Wyoming), and West (West Yellowstone, Montana) entrances, while the north loop will remain closed for the season.

Public entry to the South Loop will be done using an Alternate License Plate System. Details of that system can be found here. Visitors should pay close attention to the status of road conditions, as many roads around and within the park may remain closed. Road status and up-to-date weather conditions can be followed here.

Current commercial use operators with active commercial use permits will be permitted to enter regardless of license plate number. This includes commercial tours and stock groups.

Visitors with proof of overnight reservations in the park will be permitted to enter regardless of license plate number. This includes hotels, campgrounds, and backcountry reservations.


Nearly all Wyoming roadways remain open, while only sections of Wyoming’s highways near Yellowstone have been temporarily closed. Visitors are encouraged to visit to stay up-to-date on the latest road conditions.

Wyoming gateway cities to the park and other towns and attractions around Wyoming remain open and unimpacted.

There are countless experiences throughout the Cowboy State, here are a few to consider:

Mountains in Wyoming
Photo by Kristin Barclay

Wyoming State Parks: Wyoming State Parks offer an abundance of outdoor recreation and camping opportunities across the state, including hiking, biking, fishing, paddle boarding, and much more. For a full list of state parks and to make a reservation, visit

Wyoming Wonder Map: Explore one place to easily map out Wyoming adventures. With a few taps, visitors can populate this interactive map with the attractions, hiking trails, camping sites, and more. Find more at

For more information on Wyoming’s attractions, outdoor spaces, and communities, visit WOT will continue to update its travel resources and advisory here as new information develops throughout the coming days and weeks.

Visitors are encouraged to stay up to date by visiting Yellowstone National Park’s alerts page frequently and signing up to receive Yellowstone road alerts by texting ‘82190’ to 888-777 or call 307-344-2117 for recorded information.

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Kristin Barclay
Kristin Barclay graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Throughout her career, Kristin has demonstrated a passion for storytelling and a commitment to providing accurate, timely, and informative news coverage. She has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns facing local communities and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for reliable news and information. In addition to her work as an editor and journalist, Kristin is also a skilled writer and has written articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education, and culture. She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that engage and inform readers. Kristin is also an active member of the community and has volunteered her time and resources to numerous organizations and causes. She believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around us. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kristin Barclay is also a passionate advocate for local journalism and the role it plays in keeping communities informed and engaged. She believes strongly in the importance of supporting local news outlets and is dedicated to ensuring that quality journalism remains a vital part of our society. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling both for business and pleasure. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether she's on a business trip or a vacation, Kristin is always eager to discover what makes each place unique and special. Kristin's passions include boots, bourbon, dogs and college football. She is a self-proclaimed boot aficionado and has an impressive collection of cowboy boots that she wears with pride. She also enjoys sipping on a good bourbon and spending time with her husband and beloved border collies. Last but certainly not least, Kristin is the proud mother of two children who bring joy and meaning to her life. She is deeply committed to being a loving and supportive parent, and her children are her greatest source of inspiration and motivation