Yellowstone National Park closes entrances due to landslides and flooding caused by ‘unprecedented’ rains

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park were closed following “unprecedented” rainfall causing “extensive flooding, landslides and mudslides on roads,” the National Park Service said Monday.

Some roads have been washed out and others are covered in mud or rocks, according to the park service. Power was also cut in several parts of the park, officials said.

The flooding Yellowstone River undermines the river bank, threatening a home and garage in Gardiner, Montana on June 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: Debris after a rockslide in Gardner Canyon after heavy rain in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

Debris after a landslide in Gardner Canyon after heavy rain in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: The Lamar River erodes the northeast entrance road after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

The Lamar River erodes the northeast entrance road after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

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More rain is forecast for the next few days, according to park officials, who said they don’t want anyone getting stuck.

The park service did not say when Yellowstone would reopen, but noted that officials needed time to assess the damage and wait for conditions to stabilize. The park service has warned that many roads could be closed “for an extended period”.

“We won’t know when the park will reopen until the floodwaters subside and we are able to assess the damage throughout the park,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement. “It is likely that the North Loop will be closed for a long time.”

PHOTO: A bridge is washed away by floodwaters and debris after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

A bridge is washed away by floodwaters and debris after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek, June 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: The northeast entrance road near the Soda Butte picnic area eroded after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek on June 13, 2022.

The northeast entrance road near the Soda Butte picnic area eroded after heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park at Rescue Creek on June 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: The National Park Service warns of road closures in northern areas of Yellowstone National Park due to weather conditions, June 13, 2022.

The National Park Service warns of road closures in northern areas of Yellowstone National Park due to weather conditions, June 13, 2022.

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The sprawling national park spans 2,219,789 acres, mostly in Wyoming but also in neighboring Montana and Idaho. Summer is the park’s busiest tourist season.