June 23, 2022 |

The electronic message sign on Interstate 80 near Rawlins announced the good news to westbound travelers yesterday: Yellowstone National Park was open to visitors, at least partially.

The South Loop reopened Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Visitors traveling to the Park should stay informed about the new interim entry system, including even and odd license plate numbers for even and odd days. Some areas of the park remain closed.

Excitement is still high, though. One visitor to the park on the first day it opened after massive flooding destroyed roads, bridges, buildings and other park infrastructure at the north end of the park, tweeted a photograph of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with the message: “We were so lucky to get one day to explore!”

The south loop, accessed from the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson) entrances, is open via an Alternating License Plate System. The north loop, North (Gardiner) and Northeast (Cooke City) entrances remain closed.

Pictured above: Photos by NPS/Jim Peaco): A Park ranger welcoming visitors through the West Entrance on (re)opening day.

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