Yellowstone Reopens a Key Gateway After Devastating June Flooding; Visitors Can Now Get In On the Game
Last weekend, just before sunrise, the normally welcoming face of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop abruptly faded to black. One of the nation’s most beloved national parks was shut down. And people could still get in and out, thanks to the opening of the NPS entrance gates, allowing for the first time in many months for regular visitors. Thanks in part to an influx of visitors and the new opening hours, there was a buzz in the park.
Visitors and officials celebrated the reopening of Yellowstone’s NPS entrance gates as the park was closed over the last week by a massive flood. Since the flooding, more than 1,000 people have been issued park entrance permits.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to reopen the park again,” Yellowstone officials wrote in an online post from Sunday, July 4. “It is good to get out and see the sights.”
Visitors were able to walk through the gates, and it was no longer necessary to park in the parking lot. The park was reopened on Sunday, July 4, after a massive flood forced a closure for more than one month.
This is a major new milestone for Yellowstone, which has been closed down for weeks over the last few days due to the flooding. As the park reopens, there are some major challenges and changes to deal with.
First, keep in mind that you can’t just go on a picnic. It’s a park, and you can’t just go hiking or anything — you have to do a lot of paperwork. There are some areas where a person can’t just walk for a walk or go hiking. They have to wait to receive a trail permit to walk through so they can avoid a fee. They have to check in with the NPS before they can walk through.
“When you walk through a park that’s part of the national park system, you don’t want your picture taken with a grizzly bear