Yellowstone National Park Reopens Main Entrance

Yellowstone Reopens a Key Gateway After Devastating June Flooding Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has reopened a key part of its famed backcountry, after flooding that forced a temporary closure of the park. The…

Yellowstone National Park Reopens Main Entrance

Yellowstone Reopens a Key Gateway After Devastating June Flooding

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has reopened a key part of its famed backcountry, after flooding that forced a temporary closure of the park.

The June 14-15 flood killed at least 49 people and affected millions of residents across the lower 48 states and caused extensive flooding in Yellowstone, prompting many to leave the park.

The park, a vast stretch of land that encompasses more than 640,000 acres, was closed for nearly a month from June 2 to June 15. That closure was prompted by flooding and the potential for additional flooding, and ultimately required the removal of the park’s main entrance that was the site of the park’s annual Mud Volcano, a colorful geological wonder known for its eruption in the spring.

The closure prompted tourists to head to other National Parks like the Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California as well as Yosemite National Park in California. Some campgrounds along the park’s boundary received as many as seven feet of rain in 24 hours, and there were reports of heavy rain and snow throughout the park.

After Yellowstone re-opened, a total of 1,500 jobs were lost as employees took the opportunity to head to other jobs while some parks closed because of the loss of visitors, and there was massive media attention and speculation about what the long-term impacts would be on the park.

The reopening of the park resulted in the re-opening of the park’s gateway in West Yellowstone, which has been closed since a devastating ice jam on Dec. 3 caused one of the park’s busiest sections.

With the reopening of the trailhead this week, it was also re-opened this morning as an alternate entrance for visitors to the park, as well as a key entry point for those traveling the park’s backcountry. The main entrance, however, remains closed.

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