With Yellowstone National Park closed indefinitely due to massive flooding, the local businesses are in for a long season with little tourism to support them through their busiest time of the year. Most small businesses in tourist towns rely on the busy season to sustain them throughout the year and without it, may struggle to stay open.
So, how can we support these small businesses without being there in person? Here are a few ways you can support:
Purchase gift cards directly through the business even if you don’t plan on using it.
Purchase online products if they have an online store.
Support any upcoming Go Fund Me campaigns.
Contact a business you love there and ask how you can help.
If you can’t support financially at this time, help by sharing this information with your friends and family.
How do you know what business to support? Maybe a business stands out from a time you visited there- a hot cup of coffee from a local coffee shop, an amazing meal at a local restaurant, a cool souvenir from a local gift shop. If you haven’t ever been there, ask a friend or family member who has if they have any recommendations.
Here are some additional resources that can be used to find local Yellowstone businesses too:
Latest update from the Park:
⚠️UPDATE (6/14 )⚠️ Northern portion of Yellowstone National Park likely to remain closed for a substantial length of time due to severely damaged, impacted infrastructure; Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about current situation, road and weather conditions. - Aerial assessments conducted Monday, June 13, by Yellowstone show major damage to multiple sections of road between the North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana), Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley and Cooke City, Montana, near the Northeast Entrance. - Many sections of road in these areas are completely gone and will require substantial time and effort to reconstruct. - The National Park Service will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible; however, it is probable that road sections in northern Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the time required for repairs. - To prevent visitors from being stranded in the park if conditions worsen, the park in coordination with Yellowstone National Park Lodges made the decision to have all visitors move out of overnight accommodations (lodging and campgrounds) and exit the park. - All entrances to Yellowstone National Park remain temporarily CLOSED while the park waits for flood waters to recede and can conduct evaluations on roads, bridges and wastewater treatment facilities to ensure visitor and employee safety. - There will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entrances into the park, including visitors with lodging and camping reservations, until conditions improve and park infrastructure is evaluated. - The park’s southern loop appears to be less impacted than the northern roads and teams will assess damage to determine when opening of the southern loop is feasible. This closure will extend minimally through next weekend. - Due to the northern loop being unavailable for visitors, the park is analyzing how many visitors can safely visit the southern loop once it’s safe to reopen. This will likely mean implementation of some type of temporary reservation system to prevent gridlock and reduce impacts on park infrastructure. - At this time, there are no known injuries nor deaths to have occurred in the park as a result of the unprecedented flooding. - Effective immediately, Yellowstone’s backcountry is temporarily closed while crews assist campers (five known groups in the northern range) and assess damage to backcountry campsites, trails and bridges. - The National Park Service, surrounding counties and states of Montana and Wyoming are working with the park’s gateway communities to evaluate flooding impacts and provide immediate support to residents and visitors. - Water levels are expected to recede today in the afternoon; however, additional flood events are possible through this weekend. ‼️ For more information about current conditions and how to stay informed, visit: go.nps.gov/220613 Photos: 1. Condition of North Entrance Road between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs (NPS / Doug Kraus) 2. Condition of Northeast Entrance Road (NPS / Jacob W. Frank)