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Whether you are already passing through the region or are changing your original Yellowstone National Park plans, Southeast Montana is your ideal destination.
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RED LODGE AND BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY ARE OPEN

Yellowstone National Park's north and south loops are fully open to all vehicles at all times through the east, south, and west entrances at Cody (WY), Grand Tetons National Park/Jackson (WY), and West Yellowstone (MT). 

The Alternating License Plate Systems (ALPS) has been suspended as 93% of the Parks roadways are open.

Visitors to Gardiner (MT), the north entrance to the park, can access Yellowstone National Park with guides and outfitters only. The north entrance at Gardiner remains closed into Yellowstone to traffic unless you have contracted an approved guide or outfitter from Gardiner. More here: https://www.visitgardinermt.com/plan-your-trip/tourism-directory/activities/tour-guides or here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm

The northeast entrance at Cooke City/Silver Gate (MT) remains closed however Cooke City is open to the public and is a great community to visit via Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (see more below).

RED LODGE IS OPEN

Red Lodge is open for business. Visit the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for event information or call (406) 446-1718.

THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY IS OPEN

The Montana Department of Transportation announced they have finished repair to the six damaged sections on U.S. Highway 212, south of Red Lodge known as the Beartooth Highway. The Wyoming side of the highway which connects to Sunlight Basin/Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.

COOKE CITY IS OPEN

The community of Cooke City is open for business. Yellowstone National Park at Silver Gate and the east entrance remain closed, but Cooke City is open and accessible via Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.

The Colter Pass, Cooke City, Silver Gate Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (406) 838-2495.

GARDINER IS OPEN

Visitors can access Gardiner but there is no access to Yellowstone via the north gate at this time. Crews are working to improve an old road that may be accessible to the public later this summer to help with connectivity to Mammoth and the north loop of the park. Visitors can still see the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner via HWY 89 South. There are many activities and events available in Gardiner.

More information on this active alert can be found at the Montana Office of Tourism and the National Park Service.

1.800.346.1876