Yellowstone National Park Announces Phase One of Reopening
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Yellowstone National Park will reopen on a limited basis on May 18. The park has been closed to visitors since March 24, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Phase 1 - Initial Services - May 18, 2020: Road access, limited stores, public restrooms, gas stations, trails & boardwalks, medical clinics, approved tours, and entrance stations - May 2020
- Phase 2 - Expanded Services (As health conditions allow) - May/June: Campgrounds, back country permits, visitor cabins, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, boating & fishing, and limited visitor centers.
- Phase 3 - Full Services (As health conditions allow) - Hotels, full service dining, commercial tour buses, ranger programs, additional facilities & services.
Here is a map of what roads will be opening on May 18, 2020:
Wyoming has lifted out-of-state travel restrictions and has requested the state’s entrances open the week of May 18. Montana and Idaho continue to have out-of-state restrictions in place and the park is working closely with these states and counties to open the remaining three entrances as soon as possible.
- Phase 1 will begin on Monday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. with the opening of the South and East entrances in the state of Wyoming.
- Visitors will be able to access the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road (see attached map) coming in and out of the South and East entrances only.
- Visitors will be able to access restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails and boardwalks, and other Phase 1 facilities that are prepared to open.
- The Montana entrances (North, West, and Northeast) will remain closed. The park is consulting with the Governor of Montana to establish reopening dates for the Montana entrances.
- Commercial tour buses will not be allowed in the early phases of opening.
- Overnight accommodations will be unavailable until later in the season.
- Campgrounds, backcountry permits, visitor cabins, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, boating, fishing, and visitor centers will remain closed. These Phase 2 services and/or facilities will open when safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place. This will happen at different times.
- Hotels, full-service dining, commercial tour buses, and ranger programs will remain closed. These Phase 3 services and/or facilities will reopen when health conditions allow.
To read the full news release, click here.