Yellowstone partially reopening starting Monday

May 14, 2020, 9:05 AM

Yellowstone reopening...

FILE - In this May 21, 2011, file photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park will be partially reopening beginning on May 18, nearly two months after it closed to visitors in March.


The park spans nearly 3500 square miles across three states and has introduced a phased plan to return to normal operations. 

Park officials say the first two phases are flexible and that there is no clear delineation between them. They added, as they have the staffing and ability to open services safely, they will do so.

Initially, the park plans to open the South and East entrances of the park located in Wyoming. They plan to limit the number of visitors allowed on the lower loop of the park, which grants access to Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, West Thumb, and Grant Village.

The park will not offer overnight accommodations until later in the season.

Phase 1 of the reopening phase also includes the reopening of public restrooms and gas stations. Trails, boardwalks and some approved tours will also be allowed.

“The park’s goal is to open safely and conservatively, ensure we take the right actions to reduce risks to our employees and visitors, and help local economies begin to recover,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly says.

“I appreciate the cooperation we’ve had with our surrounding governors, counties, communities, and health officials in working through these challenging decisions. Our goal is to get the remaining entrances open as quickly and safely as possible.” 

The park’s three entrances in Montana will initially remain closed.

Closed until conditions permit

Yellowstone says that they hope to reach the later phases of reopening as the season progresses. Park officials also hope to expand some of their services in May or June as health conditions allow. 

During Phase 2 of their plan, overnight services, campgrounds, commercial tour bus service would resume operation. Also included would be boating, fishing, backcountry permits and takeout. 

Yellowstone says all visitors should expect and come prepared to follow all CDC and local health guidelines and that face coverings are recommended where social distancing is not possible.


A woman suffers burns after illegally entering Yellowstone National Park, park officials say

FBI looking for help in case of missing Idaho kids

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

Shonie Christensen, domestic violence advocate and survivor, hugs Lindsey Boyer, South Valley Servi...

Don Brinkerhoff

Service for domestic violence survivors expanding in Tooele

South Valley Services in Tooele has seen a spike in the need for services for survivors of domestic violence.

1 hour ago

FILE: New apartments under construction in Herriman are pictured on Feb. 22, 2021....

Adam Small

Utah’s population is growing, even booming

A new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute shows Utah's population grew by nearly 56,000 in the past year.

2 hours ago



WATCH: Students describe hearing about active shooter at UNLV

  (CNN) — Las Vegas Metro Police said a suspected shooter on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus “has been located and is deceased.” “This is an active investigation. Please continue to avoid the area and watch for responding emergency units,” police said on X. Police were responding to reports of a shooting with multiple […]

4 hours ago

Image of a mother nursing an infant. Intermountain Health is now offering lactation consultations v...

Britt Johnson

Telehealth lactation consultations now available in Utah

Intermountain's telehealth lactation consultations began during the pandemic, and have since proven a popular alternative.

4 hours ago

FILE - Republican presidential candidates from left, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov....


How to watch the fourth Republican presidential debate

The two-hour debate will start at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

4 hours ago

Law enforcement officers head into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus after reports of an ...


Police say 3 dead, fourth wounded and shooter also dead in University of Nevada, Las Vegas attack

Police in Las Vegas say three people are dead and one is in critical condition from today's shooting.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Yellowstone partially reopening starting Monday