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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Yellowstone National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Yellowstone National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Yellowstone National Park currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 30, 2021
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Yellowstone National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Yellowstone National Park - News section for more.

  • Woman suffers significant thermal burns in Yellowstone National Park; Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas

    September 16, 2021 | 3:56 pm

    At Old Faithful early Thursday morning, September 16, park rangers provided initial care to a 19-year-old woman from Rhode Island with second- and third-degree burns to 5% of her body.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Yellowstone visitation statistics for August 2021

    September 14, 2021 | 2:16 pm

    Yellowstone National Park hosted 921,844 recreation visits in August 2021, making it the most-visited August on record. This is a 4.5% increase from August 2020 (881,829 recreational visits) and a 12% increase from August 2019 (820,006 recreation visits).

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Yellowstone National Park visitation statistics on Labor Day weekend 2021

    September 7, 2021 | 3:47 pm

    Parkwide vehicle entries through the Labor Day weekend showed a 21% increase over the same weekend in 2019. This year is compared to 2019 instead of 2020 because of COVID-19.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • WARNING: Bull elk in Yellowstone National Park can be unpredictable and dangerous during fall mating season

    September 2, 2021 | 8:31 am

    The elk mating season has begun in Yellowstone National Park. Bull elk can be unpredictable and dangerous during this time.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Connecticut woman sentenced for walking on thermal area in Yellowstone National Park

    August 25, 2021 | 10:30 am

    Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that MADELINE S. CASEY, age 26 of New Hartford, Connecticut was sentenced to seven days in jail for walking on thermal ground at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

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  • Yellowstone National Park fire danger lowered to HIGH. stage 1 fire restrictions lifted due to widespread rain

    August 23, 2021 | 11:54 am

    Yellowstone National Park lowered the parkwide fire danger from very high to HIGH due to an average of two inches of rain that fell across the park the week of August 16

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Yellowstone lifts fishing closure on rivers and streams

    August 20, 2021 | 11:44 am

    Yellowstone National Park responded to high water temperatures and unprecedented low stream flows in rivers and streams by instituting a fishing closure during the afternoon and evening (after 2 pm) as of July 24, 2021. Conditions at the time were stressful and even fatal for trout. Since conditions have improved, the fishing closure on park rivers and streams has been lifted as of Aug. 20, and anglers can resume fishing all day (sunrise to sunset) as specified in the Fishing Regulations booklet.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Yellowstone visitation statistics for July 2021

    August 19, 2021 | 2:21 pm

    Yellowstone National Park hosted 1,080,767 recreation visits in July 2021, making it the most-visited July on record. This is a 13% increase from July 2020 (955,645 recreational visits) and a 15% increase from July 2019 (936,062 recreation visits).

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Yellowstone National Park engages with Tribes to improve partnerships

    August 4, 2021 | 1:37 pm

    As the Yellowstone 150th anniversary approaches in 2022, the park is working to engage with Tribes around potential actions to expand tribal presence and representation of their important cultural heritage in the park during the anniversary and beyond.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Illinois woman charged in Yellowstone National Park case involving grizzly sow and cubs

    August 2, 2021 | 5:04 pm

    Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that SAMANTHA R DEHRING, age 25 of Carol Stream, Illinois, was charged with one count of willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards and one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife. Dehring is expected to appear in front of Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming on August 26, 2021, for her arraignment.

    Read more at nps.gov