Videos Show Big Progress on Repairing Washed-Out Roads in Yellowstone
CODY, Wyo., Sept. 2, 2022 – With the National Park Service releasing videos detailing significant progress made repairing roads adjacent to Yellowstone National Park’s closed North and Northeast Gates, Cody Yellowstone is looking forward to tourism returning to its normal patterns and rhythms.
“We are hopeful that the park will soon reopen completely and that our friends and colleagues in gateway towns most affected by road closures resulting from the June floods will see visitors return to their hotels, restaurants and activities,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone. “We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible perseverance and professionalism of the Yellowstone National Park Service, and we are proud to be their partners in tourism. Again and again, the National Park Service has shown the strength of its organization and its commitment to the health of the Greater Yellowstone destination. We are grateful to everyone in the organization.”
Heavy rains in mind-June resulted in flooding that washed away portions of road between the town of Gardiner, Mont. and Mammoth Village near the North Gate as well as the road between Cooke City, Mont. and Tower-Roosevelt in the park, including Lamar Valley and Yellowstone Forever’s Buffalo Ranch. Plans call for the resurrection of an old service road between Gardiner and Mammoth as well as the road through Lamar Valley to open in mid-October.
These developments are critical for the two towns as winter access to Cooke City has traditionally occurred via the in-park road accessed through Gardiner and the North Gate. Officials in Montana and Wyoming are also considering plowing the route east of Cooke City this winter instead of closing it to wheeled vehicles and allowing only over-the-snow transportation as they have in the past.
While visitation in Cody has stayed somewhat solid, the visitation numbers in the park dropped considerably to levels not seen for several years.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.
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