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Re-Opening Plan For Lodging, Dining, Other Services In Yellowstone National Park

Re-Opening Plan For Lodging, Dining, Other Services In Yellowstone National Park

Written by: , May 29th, 2020
Categories: Plan

Yellowstone RE-OPENING

Operations in Yellowstone National Park including lodges, campgrounds, dining and tours will begin a phased re-opening on a limited basis starting June 1.

The decision to re-open was made after closely monitoring the guidance and recommendations of public health agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as federal, state and local governments. The National Park Service (NPS) began the first phase of reopening Yellowstone National Park on May 18, opening the South and East entrances in the state of Wyoming. On May 28, it was announced that the remaining three entrances (North, Northeast, and West) will open on June 1 at 10:00 a.m.

The current schedule for Xanterra operations in Yellowstone National Park has cabins with private baths, campgrounds, take-out food service, gift shops and select tours and activities available as part of a  phased approach to opening beginning on June 8. Opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance as well as the ability to maintain a safe environment for visitors, employees and NPS staff. To learn more about Xanterra’s sanitization measures and ongoing efforts to keep employees and guests safe including physical distancing, ongoing cleaning, employee training, personal protective equipment and more, visit

Visitors should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance including practicing good hygiene and social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public spaces, and staying home and not visiting the park while sick.

Western Cabin Exterior


At this time, only cabins with private baths are scheduled to open at the following locations. Old Faithful Inn, Grant Village and Roosevelt Lodge are currently closed but may reopen in 2020 if conditions allow.

Campsite at Bridge Bay CampgroundCampgrounds

Xanterra campgrounds are currently scheduled to open as follows:

Geyser Grill kids mealDining

Select dining outlets as outlined below will be open with “take out” options only. Based on current public health guidelines, dining room seating and dinner reservations are not available.

  • Mammoth Hot Springs Area
    • Terrace Grill (June 1-Oct. 12), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
  • Old Faithful Area
  • Canyon Area
  • Yellowstone Lake Area
    • Wylie’s Canteen at Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4), take out only food and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Lake Lodge Lobby Bar (June 17-Oct. 3), take out only beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Grant Village Area

Horseback rides

Limited Guided Activities and Tours

Tours and activities will be limited to guide boats, boat rentals, backcountry shuttle, and dock slips at the marina, horseback rides at Canyon Lodge Corral, and bike rentals at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Road-based tours, Scenicruise tours, Stagecoach rides, or the Old West Cookout will not be offered. Pricing and other details can be found online.

  • Bike Rentals at Old Faithful Snow Lodge (June 8-Sept. 7 or as weather permits, reservations not accepted)
  • Bridge Bay Marina/Dock Slips (June 17-Sept. 13)
  • Boat Rentals (June 17-Sept. 6, first come, first served, reservations not accepted)
  • Guided Fishing/Sightseeing Boats (June 17-Sept 13)
  • Backcountry Shuttle Boat (June 17-Sept. 13)
  • Canyon Lodge Corrals, Horseback Rides (June 18-Sept. 7)
  • Private Tours: Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit educational and fund-raising partner of Yellowstone National Park. Information about their private tours can be found here or by calling 406-848-2400.

Mammoth Hotel Gift Shop


Select Xanterra gift stores in the following locations will be open, but with controlled access to comply with distancing standards:

  • Mammoth Hotel (June 1-Oct. 12)
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge (May 22-Nov. 1)
  • Old Faithful Lodge (June 8-Oct. 4)
  • Lake Yellowstone Hotel (June 17-Oct. 4)
  • Canyon Lodge (June 19- Oct. 12)
  • Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4)
  • Madison Campground (June 15-Oct. 18)

For updates on the opening of Xanterra operations in Yellowstone National Park, visit For reservations on or after June 8, visit, or call 307-344-7311. For updates on the three-phased plan for re-opening Yellowstone National Park as well as the latest information on NPS operations in Yellowstone, visit

Park Roads

Yellowstone National Park will open its Montana entrances on Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. The Montana entrances include West Entrance (near West Yellowstone), North Entrance (near Gardiner), and Northeast Entrance (near Cooke City). The opening of Montana’s entrances coincides with the Governor’s lifting of out-of-state travel restrictions and will provide visitor access to all five entrances of Yellowstone National Park (the Wyoming entrances opened on May 18).

The entire Grand Loop Road will be accessible for day use, excluding the segment between Canyon and Tower, which is closed for road construction (see map below).