When is Yellowstone reopening? |

Access to the Nordschleife means much of the park would be open just weeks after massive flooding.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo — Yellowstone National Park is reopening its flood-damaged North Loop Saturday noon, in time for the July 4 bank holiday weekend, Park Superintendent Cam Sholly said Thursday.

Access to the Nordschleife means much of the park would be open just weeks after massive flooding forced thousands to flee as water, rocks and mud washed away roads and bridges.

“We are pleased to reopen Yellowstone’s North Loop to visitors less than three weeks after this major flood event,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “We have tried to balance major recovery efforts while reopening as much of the park as possible. “

The Nordschleife includes Norris Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Junction.

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The north and northeast entrance gates at Gardiner and Cooke City will remain closed and the Lamar Valley will be inaccessible due to damage from flooding that began June 12.

Services on the Nordschleife include general stores in Tower and Mammoth Hot Springs with petrol at both locations.

The variable number entry system will also be suspended, Sholly said.

The backcountry in the northern portion of the park remains closed due to hazardous conditions or damaged trails and bridges. Most of the park’s southern hinterland will open for overnight use on Friday, officials said.

Visitors are urged to keep up to date with park conditions by checking the park’s website for updates on access and closures. When is Yellowstone reopening? |

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