Yellowstone Country

Yellowstone Country

Travel Updates

Travel advisory: Please stay informed about the latest travel updates in the region, including the reopening of some entrances to Yellowstone National Park.
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There’s So Much To Do In Montana’s Yellowstone Country

All of our communities are welcoming visitors. Please find information about where to go and what more to do in this part of Montana HERE

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A Note To Visitors

As our communities welcome visitors, we encourage you to bring your patience and be sure to “know before you go.” Right now that means: To speak with someone over the phone, please call our Call Center: 800.736.5276.

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How to Help

If you’re interested in supporting flood-impacted communities in Yellowstone Country, please find places to donate and volunteer on our page on How to Support Impacted Communities.  

Updates from Yellowstone National Park

  • September 6, 2022

  • VERY HIGH fire danger in Yellowstone National Park 

  • The parkwide fire danger level for Yellowstone is now VERY HIGH.
  • There have been three wildland fires in the park this year, and all have been declared out or controlled. Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.
  • Currently, there are no fire restrictions in place or planned in the park.
  • Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites.
  • Campfires must always be attended and cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.
  • The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.

  • August 31, 2022

    Yellowstone to suspend Tower Junction to Slough Creek visitor vehicle day-use tickets

    It's critical that visitors traveling to the park stay informed about what's open and closed MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Beginning Sept. 8, Yellowstone National Park will no longer require visitors to obtain a day-use ticket to drive the 6-mile road corridor between Tower Junction and Slough Creek. The park piloted the day-use program Aug. 3 to expand access to this impacted area in the northern part of Yellowstone following the historic flood event in June. After closely monitoring use in the area, the park found the corridor could safely maintain an increase in day-use capacity. This road corridor is essentially a dead-end, and people driving large vehicles (buses, long towing units etc.) are asked to be aware that turnaround areas along the Slough Creek Campground Road are limited. The only section of the Northeast Entrance Road open is from Tower Junction to Slough Creek. The remainder of the Northeast Entrance Road (Lamar Valley east to the barrier near Warm Creek) is closed to all traffic due to significant flood damage. The North (Gardiner, Montana) and Northeast (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana) entrances are closed with limited access (see below) due to significant flood damage. Visitors wanting to drive the Tower Junction to Slough Creek road corridor will need to enter the park through the West, South or East entrances.
  • Additional information:
  • Tower Junction to Slough Creek open to public   
    1. Some trails and backcountry campsites in the northern range of the park near this road corridor are closed due to flood damage. Know before you go! Visit Yellowstone’s Backcountry Situation Report for the most up-to-date details.
    2. Slough Creek Campground is closed for the season.
    Lamar Valley closed to public 
    1. The Northeast Entrance Road between Lamar Valley and the barrier near Warm Creek (2 miles from the Northeast Entrance), is closed to all vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic while major construction repairs are made. This section of road is an active construction zone, and the closure is expected to stay in place until Oct. 15 to allow contractors to complete work prior to winter.
    North and Northeast entrances closed to visitor vehicular traffic 
    1. Yellowstone’s North and Northeast entrances remain closed to visitor vehicular traffic; however, access is available by approved commercial tours, bicycle (on paved roadways) and foot through the North (Gardiner, Montana) and Northeast (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana) entrances to fish and hike in areas not identified as closed.
    2. From the North Entrance, visitors can travel 1 mile to the Rescue Creek Trailhead.
    3. From the Northeast Entrance, visitors can travel 2 miles to the barrier near the Warm Creek area.
    4. The temporary road (Old Gardiner Road) that connects Gardiner, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs is an active construction zone and closed until Oct. 15 to allow contractors to complete work prior to winter. At this time, ONLY approved personnel and commercial tours are allowed on the Old Gardiner Road in specific traffic windows.
    Stay informed 
    1. Visitors traveling to the park must stay informed about what is OPEN and CLOSED throughout the park. Visit Operating Hours and Seasonsfor more info.
    2. Monitor the park website and social media for updates.
    3. Visit Camp in Backcountry for details about backcountry permits.
    4. Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:
    5. Visit Park Roads.
    6. Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
    7. Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.
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  • AUGUST 2, 2022

Yellowstone National Park flood recovery: Change to access from the Northeast Entrance into the park

  • It’s critical that visitors traveling to the park stay informed about what’s open and closed
  • MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Major construction repairs will begin substantially on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Contractors will be working on all damaged sections of the park’s Northeast Entrance Road near Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana. This requires alterations to the closures on the road.
  • The road had previously been open to bicyclists and pedestrian traffic to Barronette Meadow. Due to significant work beginning on the road this week, the road will be closed near the Warm Creek Trailhead and picnic area. This will still afford access to visitors and residents but will provide room for construction work to begin, including staging of equipment and materials needed to make repairs. It is estimated that repairs will be completed by Oct. 15, facilitating traffic between the park and Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana.

  • JULY 29, 2022

  • Yellowstone flood recovery update: Visitors with a day-use ticket can drive the Tower Junction to Slough Creek road corridor starting Aug. 3

  • It's critical that visitors traveling to the park stay informed about what's open and closed
  • MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – In the park’s continuing efforts to expand visitor access, effective Aug. 3 through Oct. 31, 2022, visitors with a day-use ticket will be able to drive the road corridor from Tower Junction to Slough Creek to park and hike, fish and watch wildlife. This section of road in the northern portion of the park has been closed to visitor vehicular traffic since the park closed in June immediately following a historic flood event. Yellowstone has rapidly reopened areas when safe to do so. Approximately 93% of paved roads and 94% of Yellowstone’s backcountry is open.
  • Beginning Aug.1 at 8 a.m. MDT, visitors wanting to tour the Tower Junction to Slough Creek road corridor on Aug. 3 can book a day-use ticket here: Tickets are only available at
  • Visitors with a ticket will only be able to enter this road corridor from Tower Junction. Visitors cannot access the area from the Northeast Entrance (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana). That road segment is closed to visitor vehicular traffic because of significant flood damage on the road.
  • This pilot day-use access program was initiated in response to the flood damage and provides the park an opportunity to safely reopen this impacted area to more visitation. Since the road essentially is a dead-end, the park will continue to monitor use along the road corridor and determine if expanded day-use capacity can occur at a later date.

  • JULY 20, 2022

  • It’s critical that visitors traveling to the park in the coming weeks stay informed about what’s open and closed.
  • MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone National Park today announced that visitors will be able to park at Tower Junction and bicycle, hike and fish between Tower Junction and Slough Creek starting Thursday, July 21. The road between Tower Junction and Slough Creek is also open for commercial tour authorization holders, commercial tour operators, and stock outfitters to provide public access by vehicle. The park is finalizing a day-use reservation system for visitor vehicle access which will be online by Aug. 1, allowing reservation holders day-use access with their vehicles.

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