YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Park officials are considering a recovery plan following flooding that devastated roads and surrounding towns in Yellowstone. According to YNP Superintendent Cam Sholly, the park will adopt a reservation system or timed entry to avoid overloading the south loop of the park to allow as many people as possible to enter the park once it reopens. , tentatively scheduled for Monday.
According to the Cowboy State Daily, Sholly spoke to residents of Cody, WY on Wednesday and said “the park needs a way to control visitation to the southern section of the park to prevent its infrastructure from being overwhelmed while that people who were planning to visit the north loop of the park change their travel plans.”
“What we can’t do is there’s so much visitation on one loop of the park that the sewage treatment, road infrastructure breaks down, and then we end up having to close the south end of the park for a long time as the north end will likely be,” he said.
It may take three to four weeks to develop the system, and until it is in place people will be allowed to enter the park’s east, south and west entrances without reservations, although some services may be restricted .
Regular park services such as food and gas will be available when the park opens.
The park said in a news release, while access to Yellowstone National Park will be lower than normal until further notice, there are still incredible opportunities for recreation, wildlife viewing and great experiences in the park’s gateway communities (Gardiner, Montana; Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana; West Yellowstone, Montana; Cody, Wyoming; and Jackson, Wyoming), as well as surrounding areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. See a list of nearby cities, parks, public lands and museums to help you plan your visit.