Yellowstone National Park Updates

The recent flooding in Yellowstone National Park disrupted early summer plans for thousands of visitors, residents and businesses. Please follow closure notices and detours for the safety of you and your family.

 

Refer to this page and the resources below for the latest information about access to Yellowstone, road closures and activities available during your stay. Big Sky and other communities are open and welcome you for recreation and relaxation.

 

Yellowstone National Park alerts

The North entrance to Yellowstone National Park is CLOSED and will remain temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides and extremely hazardous conditions. All other entrances are open offering limited access to Yellowstone National Park Safe experiences are our priority; please check the following sources for road status and weather conditions.

UPDATE: 8/2 Update: Major construction repairs will begin on Tuesday August 2, 2022. Contractors will be working on all damaged sections of the park's Northeast Entrance Road near Cook City / Silver Gate, Montana. This requires changes to the closures on the road. It had previously been open to bike and pedestrian traffic to Barronette Meadow. Due to significant work beginning on the road this week the road will be closed near the Warm Creek Trailhead and picnic area. The repairs are estimated to be completed by October 15, 2022. 

Yellowstone National Park

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/220613.htm  

Montana Road Conditions

View road closures throughout the State of Montana.  

www.511mt.net  

Gallatin County  

https://www.readygallatin.com/  

Yellowstone Country  

https://www.visityellowstonecountry.com/ynp-status  

 

We have rooms for you

Yellowstone National Park guests looking for lodging are invited to stay in Big Sky. Our hotels, ski resort and rental properties are open and ready to welcome you. From Big Sky Resort to Lone Mountain Ranch cabins, you’ll find a variety of options on our Places to Stay page.

 

Make Montana memories in Big Sky

While Yellowstone may no longer be part of your travel itinerary, you can still enjoy the fun and adventure of western Montana. Make Big Sky your homebase for ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, hot springs and more.

 

Our tour operators are adjusting their programs, offering tours to Virginia City and other surprising destinations on the outskirts of the park.

 

Vacations are more memorable when you discover new places and try new activities. Is this your year to go horseback riding? Or let the kids talk you into ziplining! Start planning your Big Sky adventure with the list below and our online Activity Finder.

 

Big fun in Big Sky

Step into adventure above and below the tree line with all the fun experiences available in Big Sky:

Ziplining  

Mountain biking  

Hiking  

Horseback riding  

Community park trails  

Shopping

Whitewater rafting*

Fly fishing*

Balloon flights 

*Contact guides for current conditions

Use our Activity Finder for details on the above activities. 

 

Summer at Big Sky’s ski resort  

When the snow melts, Big Sky Resort shifts to a new season of fun activities, including:

Disc golf  

Golf 

Hiking

Ziplining  

Mountain biking 

Scenic chairlift rides 

Lake Lavinsky Marina  

 

Water and mountains in Bozeman 

From hot springs to invigorating reservoir, Bozeman offers a range of water and mountain perspectives:

Bozeman Hot Springs  

Hike the M 

Hyalite Reservoir  

Downtown Bozeman 

Museum of the Rockies   

 

Wildlife and wonder in West Yellowstone 

Just outside Yellowstone National Park you can experience the wildlife and adventures of West Yellowstone, such as:

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center  

Ziplining  

Adventure tours

ATV/UTV  

Shopping 

Hiking  

Self-guided historic walking tour  

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

 

See more of Yellowstone Country and Montana

Virginia City/Nevada City

Ennis

Deer Lodge

Bannack State Park

Flathead Lake / Bigfork

Butte

Wyoming: Grand Teton / Jackson Hole

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What’s the status of Yellowstone Park?

As of July 2, 2022 Yellowstone National Park will be opening the northern loop, allowing access to 93% of the road system within the park. The alternating license plate system will also be suspended on July 2, 2022. 

 

When will the park reopen?

The south loop, accessed from East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton / Jackson) entrances are open via the Alternating License Plate System. The north loop, North (Gradiner) and Northeast (Cooke City) entrances will remain closed at this time. 

 

Should I cancel my plans for visiting Yellowstone?

If you have reservations to spend the night in the park in the coming weeks, you may need to postpone or cancel your lodging and activity plans. We invite you to consider rerouting your Montana trip and check out Big Sky. We’re an hour northwest of Yellowstone, and our lodging and recreational activities are open for your enjoyment.

 

Can I get a refund?

Xanterra, the company that manages lodging inside Yellowstone National Park, has said it will offer refunds if they’re not able to provide lodging or tours you had reserved. Businesses in communities surrounding the park, including Gallatin and West Yellowstone, have already been impacted by visitor cancellations. We ask you to consider maintaining your down payment or requesting credit for a future visit, which will help these small businesses through the sudden closures.

 

How is Big Sky affected?

We are saddened by the flood damage to the country’s first national park. Fortunately, flooding has not affected Big Sky. Our town’s lodging, restaurants, attractions and services are open and welcome you to visit.

 

Are there places to stay overnight in Big Sky?

Yellowstone National Park guests looking for lodging are invited to stay in Big Sky. Our hotels, ski resort and rental properties are open and ready to welcome you. From Big Sky Resort to Lone Mountain Ranch cabins, you’ll find a variety of options on our Places to Stay page.

 

What’s there to do in Big Sky?

While Yellowstone may no longer be part of your travel itinerary, you can still enjoy the fun and adventure of western Montana. Make Big Sky your homebase for ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, hot springs and more. Our tour operators are adjusting their programs, offering tours to Virginia City and other surprising destinations on the outskirts of the park.

Vacations are more memorable when you discover new places and try new activities. Is this your year to go horseback riding? Or let the kids talk you into ziplining! Start planning your Big Sky adventure with the list below and our online Activity Finder.

 

Big fun in Big Sky

Step into adventure above and below the tree line with all the fun experiences available in Big Sky:

Ziplining • Mountain biking • Hiking • Horseback riding • Community park trails  

Shopping • Balloon flights • Whitewater rafting* • Fly fishing*

*Contact guides for current conditions

Use our Activity Finder for details on the above activities.

 

Summer at Big Sky Resort

When the snow melts, Big Sky Resort shifts to a new season of fun activities, including:

Disc golf • Golf • Ziplining • Mountain biking  • Hiking • Scenic chairlift rides • Lake Lavinsky Marina

 

Are there campgrounds near Big Sky?

Camping is a popular summer activity in Big Sky Country. Five designated campgrounds in the Gallatin Canyon are in the Big Sky area. Most of these popular campgrounds are small and are often fully booked, so reserve your site as soon as possible.

 

These five campgrounds near Big Sky are listed from north to south.

Spire Rock Campground – 20 sites

Greek Creek Campground – 14 sites

Swan Creek Campground – 13 sites

Moose Creek Flat Campground – 13 sites

Red Cliff Campground – 61 sites

 

Camping a bit further from Big Sky

Historic Bozeman – about an hour away

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park – 90 minutes away

Bannack State Park and a ghost town – 3 hours away

 

What other communities can I explore in Yellowstone Country?

More than a dozen cities outside the park make up Yellowstone Country. Individually, we offer unique experiences for dining, lodging, recreation and culture of the West. Together, we provide information and resources to make sure visitors to the region enjoy a full Yellowstone experience.

 

While you’re visiting Big Sky, consider a trip to our Yellowstone Country neighbors, including:

Bozeman

Emigrant

Livingston

West Yellowstone

 

How can I help Yellowstone Country businesses?

Rather than completely cancelling your trip or requesting a refund, you could consider rescheduling for later in the season or next summer. You also could ask the business to credit your experience for a future trip. In addition, some businesses are offering guests the opportunity to donate $1 or round up your purchase for a fund to support Yellowstone Country communities affected by the floods. Your contributions will ensure more Montana adventures are available in the years to come.

 

Where can I get the latest Yellowstone updates?

The State of Montana website has an up-to-date travel advisory: https://brand.mt.gov/Programs/Office-Of-Tourism/Flood-Information-for-Travelers

National Park Service updates are provided here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/220613.htm