Flood Information for Travelers

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UPDATE: October 4, 2022 at 10:15 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 in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration has determined that the Old Gardiner Road (a limited-access road between Gardiner, Montana and Mammoth Hot Springs) will open to regular traffic no later than Nov. 1, 2022. The two-lane project will be extended up to two weeks to ensure over 5,000 feet of guardrail are properly installed for traffic safety. Additionally, Yellowstone asked the Federal Highway Administration to build a new ¼-mile approach road into Mammoth Hot Springs after the project was underway to avoid a 12-15% steep grade on the original road. This new approach has required additional engineering and design to provide a safe road base to handle the 2,000-3,000 vehicles per day that enter the park from the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana. Yellowstone has also asked the Federal Highway Administration to expand road widths in certain sections of the Old Gardiner Road to prevent restrictions.

"We have set incredibly aggressive time frames for these repairs and our contractors have worked at lightning speed to get this road safely reopened," said Superintendent Cam Sholly. "It's essential that we do not cut corners and we ensure the road meets required safety standards prior to opening. It's also essential that we finish the job correctly, so we avoid any problems going into next year."

The Old Gardiner Road was determined to be the best and only option to quickly reconnect Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner, Montana, after the floods in mid-June. Originally established as an 1880’s stagecoach route, the single-lane dirt road has been expanded to two lanes over its entire 4-mile length. The new approach road coming into Mammoth Hot Springs is under construction. Paving is expected to begin the week of Oct. 1 and nearly 1 mile of guardrail will be installed between Oct. 10 and Oct. 20. If the Old Gardiner Road is completed prior to Nov. 1, the park will open it to public travel sooner.

The Northeast Entrance Road (Tower Junction to the Northeast Entrance in Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana) is expected to open as planned on Oct. 15 to regular traffic.

Yellowstone is coordinating with Montana and Wyoming and a 7-mile section of road between Cooke City and the Pilot Creek Trailhead (known locally as the plug) will be plowed, if necessary, until the Old Gardiner Road is completed. This will ensure continued access to the communities of Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana.

For details, including up-to-date photos, about the June 2022 floods in the park and ongoing recovery, visit go.nps.gov/YELLflood.


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.


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


  • 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



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.


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