July 2, 2022
Yellowstone National Park’s North Loop Reopened July 2.
The North Entrance Road (Gardiner, Montana to Mammoth Hot Springs) and Northeast Entrance Road (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana to Tower-Roosevelt) remain closed to visitor vehicular traffic while temporary repairs are completed. Visitors may access the park on foot through these entrances in order to recreate (fish and hike) in areas not identified as closed. The park will evaluate authorizing bicycle use through these entrances up to damaged road sections in the near future.
In addition to roads in the south loop, visitors will now be able to access:
- Norris Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs
- Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt
- Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
Visitors can access the south and north loops via the East Entrance (Cody, Wyoming), West Entrance (West Yellowstone, Montana) and South Entrance (Grand Teton/Jackson, Wyoming).
JUNE 22, 2022
Yellowstone National Park’s South Loop and Three Entrances Reopened June 22.
Yellowstone National Park reopened the south loop on Wednesday, June 22. The south loop includes the East (Cody), South (Grand Teton/Jackson) and West (West Yellowstone, MT) entrances, while the north loop will remain closed for the season.
Historic flooding in mid-June caused major damage to roads, bridges and infrastructure in northern Yellowstone. Facilities and services are limited. Hours and availability could change at any time.
Visitors planning on coming to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should pay close attention to the status of road conditions, as many roads around and within the park may remain closed for an extended period of time. Stay informed about road status and weather conditions here.
If your travel plans have been cancelled or interrupted, there’s plenty of room for you in Wind River Country, just 26 scenic miles from the southern entrance to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks. From historical sites and museums to outdoor recreational opportunities to local shops and cuisine, there’s something for everyone in Wind River Country. Keep reading to find out what’s waiting for you.
Can’t make it to YNP? Come explore Wind River Country.
Wyoming’s Wind River Country is just a few miles from the southern entrance to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks. Take a few days on the Old Yellowstone Highway and discover Wind River Country. Or extend your travels to Circle the Continental Divide.
The Old Yellowstone Highway remains the most scenic route to the south gate of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, so set a classic road-trip pace across Wyoming’s Wind River Country to get to know the characters of welcoming frontier towns, explore the culture of the authentic West and the Wind River Indian Reservation, and expect the unexpected—exactly what road trips should be about.
The “Circle the Continental Divide” Driving Loop encompasses the striking bighorn sheep and cowboys of Dubois, the breathtaking views of the scenic byways through Wind River Canyon and Togwotee Pass, the culture and history of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the unrivaled access to wild backcountry of the Wind River Range, the history of the Oregon Trail and the Continental Divide, the gold rush tales of South Pass City and Atlantic City, and, of course, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Check out this blog featuring all of the wonderful things that you can do in both Yellowstone and Wind River Country:
Dubois is just a quick 82 miles from the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Dubois is home to the National Bighorn Sheep Center and the National Museum of Military Vehicles, as well as recreational opportunities including many scenic areas, camping, fishing, hunting, horsepacking, hiking, photography and a large array of remarkable views for the artist.
Lander is ranked as one of the best outdoor towns in America and is 157 miles from the southern entrance and 215 miles from the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Just outside of Lander lies Sinks Canyon State Park, one of the best state parks in the country. The Popo Agie River disappears underground into a cavern and rises a quarter-mile downstream. You’ll find hiking trails, camping, mountain biking and skiing trails.
Riverton is 160 miles from the southern entrance and 190 miles from the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Riverton boasts major annual events every year, including the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous, the Riverton Balloon Rally and the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Main Street and enjoy the local shops and cuisine.
Wind River Country is also home to Atlantic City and South Pass City, a Wyoming State Historic Site and is home of the Carissa Mine. You can tour the recently restored mine during the summer months and even pan for gold. South Pass is best known for its annual Gold Rush Days (July) when you can enjoy a vintage baseball tournament, food, games, music and interpretive programs. Hudson and Shoshoni are two of the quaintest towns in Wind River Country. Hudson is the home of one of the most famous steakhouses in the state, Svilar’s Bar & Steakhouse, as well as the Union Bar and Kai Espresso. Shoshoni is the gateway to Boysen Reservoir and the Wind River Canyon.
Visitors are welcome in all of the communities, each of which offers a wide variety of amenities and places to stay. From cabins to hotels to campgrounds, find the perfect getaway here: https://windriver.org/where-to-stay.
There is so much happening in Wind River Country this year. From rodeos, to powwows, to museum treks and live music, there’s something for everyone. Click the link below to see Wind River Country’s 2022 Events:
It takes all of us to WY RESPONSIBLY
Now more than ever, we ask that you take necessary precautions when visiting your favorite campsites, fishing holes and hiking trails in Wyoming. Be courteous of others around you and co-exist responsibly.
It takes all of us to WY responsibly! Help keep Wyoming wild and free. We encourage mindful travel that supports our land, wildlife, businesses and residents. Let’s all do our part to experience Wyoming’s majesty responsibly.
Adventure & Camping
Outdoor recreation is more popular than ever, causing overcrowding in some of the most beautiful areas. Make camping reservations early for reservable sites. If a parking lot is full, be ready to seek different trails and lesser-known experiences.
Keep it clean.
Be prepared to not have access to trash cans or restrooms, especially in national forests. Bring garbage bags, and take all trash with you when you leave, including pet waste. If you need to poop in the woods, do so at least 100 feet from water sources, and dig a hole several inches deep.
Be fire aware.
Respect fire bans in place, choose a campsite with pre-existing fire rings if possible, and never leave your fire unattended. Make sure you have plenty of water available; you’ll need to completely extinguish your fire at night and before you leave camp.
Enjoy natural spaces responsibly.
Keep your distance.
For the safety of wildlife and visitors, please keep your distance from all animals, not just those that seem scary to you. It’s recommended to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from all other wildlife.
Respect their home.
Respect wildlife habitats by not altering campsites, trails or developed recreation sites. Follow leash regulations and pick up after your pets. If you plan to enjoy Wyoming’s beautiful water, get your boat inspected first to prevent the spread of invasive species.
Keep them wild.
Prevent animals from becoming reliant on humans by never feeding wildlife. Store food properly by keeping it in a locked vehicle with windows rolled up, a hard-sided camper, a bear canister or a bear box. Dispose of all food in a trash bag, and take your garbage with you when you leave.
Please respect posted signs and announcement for health and safety guidelines and requirements so we can continue to enjoy our community spaces. Masks are required on all federal lands.
Be flexible & informed.
Do your research and have a plan B. Be prepared for spotty cell service and Wi-Fi by having maps and backup plans ready. Understand what type of land you plan to recreate on. Amenities and regulations vary from national parks to national forests and other types of public lands.
Be an early bird.
Reserve camping and lodging well before you arrive. Spots can fill months, or up to a year, in advance for popular areas like national parks. Visit the parks during non-peak hours (before 9 a.m. & after 3 p.m.) and seasons (April to May and September to October) for a more intimate experience.
Be part of a responsible community.
Lander Medical Clinic
745 Buena Vista Dr., Lander, WY 82520
St. John’s Clinic
175 N. 1st St., Lander, WY 82520
Wind River Clinic
1005 College View Dr., Riverton, WY 82501
Riverton Community Health Center
1035 Rose Ln., Riverton, WY 82501
Western Family Care
219 S. 2nd St., Riverton, WY 82501
Wind River Hotel & Casino
180 Red Wolf Place, Riverton, WY 82501
832 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501
Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel
5690 US-287, Lander, WY 82520
Indian Health Center
29 Black Coal Dr., Fort Washakie, WY 82514
Wind River Cares
14 Great Plains Rd., Arapahoe, WY 82510
As the least populated state with the most room for adventure, we recognize the responsibility to be mindful stewards for our lands, animals, culture and communities. We invite you to WY responsibly as you witness the majesty of Wyoming.
Interested in visiting Wind River Country? Plan your trip HERE!
Update March 16, 2021
Statewide mask order is eliminated.
All restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms, theatres and outdoor events have been lifted.
Indoor events of more than 500 people must be held at no more than 50% capacity.
As you travel to Wyoming and Wind River Country it is important to travel and recreate responsibly.
We encourage you to check in with businesses and events before heading out to keep up to date with hours and guidelines. Some stores are requiring face masks to enter.
Places of public gathering, including restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, breweries, theaters are open. Many of these places offer delivery, takeout or curbside options.
All roads through the Wind River Indian Reservation are open. This includes gas stations and Hines General Store.