Flood Information for Travelers

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UPDATE: August 18, 2022 8:02 am

We invite visitors to continue with their trips to Yellowstone National Park and Montana and encourage them to enjoy all our state has to offer beyond the park. Please don’t cancel your reservations – there’s so much to do and experience in Montana

Montana has a lot of outdoor opportunities to offer and it’s important to respect the areas that are a safety concern right now. There are many places across the Montana that are experiencing high levels of water and dangerous conditions, including turbulent currents and significant amounts of debris. Please do not recreate in the rivers that have the potential to flood, including swimming, kayaking, rafting, boating. If you have plans to recreate in a river or in a flood zone, consider other recreational opportunities like hiking or visiting a local downtown. 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK UPDATES

In June 2022, unprecedented amounts of rainfall caused substantial flooding, rockslides, and mudslides within Yellowstone National Park. Historic water levels caused severe damage to roads, water and wastewater systems, power lines, and other critical park infrastructure. (Video includes natural sounds only: no narration.)

Less than three weeks after this major flood event, the south and north loops of the park opened to the visiting public. Approximately 93% of paved roads and 94% of Yellowstone’s backcountry is currently open to the public. 

Please visit Operating Hours and Seasons for the most up-to-date information on facility dates and operations. More details about current park road access can be found below or on the Park Roads page (https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/flood-recovery.htm)


Stay informed

Visitors traveling to the park must stay informed about the current situation, changes in visitor entry requirements, and road conditions. The public should also use extreme caution in areas of high water.

Visitors should regularly monitor updates from the park on new openings or closures as recovery efforts continue.

THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Montana offers so much more to experience beyond Yellowstone National Park. There are endless options to experience Montana’s wide-open spaces, touchable history, western offerings and American Indian culture. Cast a fishing line on blue-ribbon waters with an experienced guide in Ennis, walk through Montana history in Virginia City and Nevada City, take the backroads to Helena and explore the Gates of the Mountains. Red Lodge’s historic downtown escaped the flood largely unscathed -- and Red Lodge is open for business.

Additional Yellowstone Road Information

In addition to road closures caused by flood damage, Yellowstone will have routine road improvement projects and maintenance, and park roads can close at any time due to inclement weather or dangerous driving conditions. Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:

  • Visit Park Roads 
  • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
  • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message. 
  • Visitors who have trips planned should continue to check the Yellowstone website, local chambers of commerce, and social media for updates to get the most up-to-date information.

Community Updates

For the latest information about what’s happening in each of our communities, please visit:

Statewide Partner Updates

For places to direct visitors to in the rest of our vast state, check our tourism partner pages:

A Note To Visitors

As many of our communities are already hosting or are now ready to welcome visitors, we encourage you to bring your patience and be sure to “know before you go.” Right now that means:
  • Heed road closures, recreation alerts, signs, and weather safety warnings
  • Make sure to check websites and social media pages for businesses and events, and call before you go
  • Be flexible, and be prepared for plans to change
  • Be aware of cancellation policies for activities and lodging
  • Consider trip insurance
  • Make the best of the situation! It may not be the vacation you planned, but it will be unique and memorable
  • Be kind to workers and locals. Many have lost more than just a vacation
To speak with someone over the phone, please call the Call Center: 800.736.5276.

Travel Resources

  • Call 511 for continual updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures, chain requirements and other travel information via the phone or Internet.
  • Road conditions: LINK
  • Flood Resources: LINK
  • Yellowstone National Park: LINK
  • Stillwater County: LINK
  • Carbon County: LINK
  • Park County: LINK
  • Gallatin County: LINK

RECREATION ALERTS AND RESTRICTIONS:

  • Custer Gallatin National Forest: LINK
  • Beartooth Ranger District: (406) 446-2103
  • Bozeman Ranger District: (406) 587-6701
  • Gardiner Ranger District: (406) 848-7375
  • Hebgen Lake Ranger District: (406) 823-6961
  • Yellowstone (Livingston) Ranger District: (406) 222-1892
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: LINK
  • Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas: LINK
  • Montana Department of Transportation: LINK
  • Federal reservation system for recreation sites in the U.S., including camping, lodging, tours, permits and passes: LINK

To sign up for text alerts for the following areas, please consider the following resources:

  • Yellowstone National Park: LINK or Text “82190” to 888-7777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). 
  • Carbon County: LINK
  • Stillwater County: LINK
  • Park County: LINK

FOLLOW LOCAL NEWS FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES:


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL UPDATES

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is now fully open for the season to vehicle traffic. Vehicle reservations are required for travel on the Going-to-the-Sun Road from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RESOURCES

Flathead County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/flatheadsheriff 
Whitefish Flood Updates and Water Level 
Trail Status
Road status, hiker/biker closure and snowplow status page
Campgrounds Status


Local Flathead County Media (also check their Facebook pages)
Daily Inter Lake
Flathead Beacon
Whitefish Pilot
Hungry Horse News

Montana Department of Transportation:
Montana Department of Transportation Interactive Map of Road Conditions
Montana Department of Transportation Alerts, Closures & Incidents 


STATE OF MONTANA NEWSROOM 


FLOOD DAMAGE 


OTHER NEWS