Park visitors not letting historic flooding dampen their vacation plans

Jun 17, 2022, 3:47 PM

The easiest way to make friends at a National Park is to offer to take their pictures.

“1, 2, 3, smile!” I said to families at the West Entrance sign to Yellowstone National Park. “There, thumbs up, awesome picture.”

I figured it was the least we could do since many of them came from far away just to see Yellowstone.

Because of the flood damage to the park, they can’t get in.

A birds-eye view of Yellowstone flooding damage

“We came from Indiana — 1,700 miles, so far. And we got to Bozeman and found out the park was closed,” said Scott and Laurie Taylor.

Scott and Laurie Taylor traveled from Indiana to Yellowstone National Park.

That flood was enough to dampen even the best laid plans.

The Northern Loop of the park most likely won’t open again this season. Most of the road damage is in that section of the park. However, there’s a chance the Southern Loop could be opened sometime next week.

That’s too late for most people, though, because this was the week they’re on vacation.

“Totally unexpected. Disappointing, but we made the best of it,” said Scott Carrera.

Carrera, his wife, and two of their friends made the trip to Yellowstone from North Carolina.

Even though they couldn’t get into the park, their laughs and smiles were proof they were still going to make the best of their trip.

“You still got to have fun,” Carrera said. “We’ve taken advantage of some of the surrounding area at West Yellowstone. We’ve actually seen some wildlife down on Highway 20 near Henry’s Lake, so it’s still been a great trip.”

Scott Carrera (left), his wife (middle left), and their two friends (right) pose for a picture in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign.

Even though no one could get into Yellowstone, any National Park fan will tell you — if you take a picture by an entrance sign, it still counts that you were there.

“That’s right. We were here,” the Taylors said with a laugh.

“Exactly,” Carrera said. “It shows we’ve been here.”

It’s not quite the memories they were expecting to have, but they’re still memories on a trip everyone who came to Yellowstone this week will never forget.

“Having this picture of the Yellowstone sign, everyone had that, but this year, you have to have the whole story with pictures of the flood and why you couldn’t do it,” said Roy Mills. “Every time someone talks about this trip, you’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the year they had the flood and it was unbelievable.’”

Floods leave Yellowstone landscape ‘dramatically changed’

The Mills family was visiting from Pennsylvania, and say for them, it’s just a change in vacation plans.

They say their hearts are with those who aren’t here on vacation.

“We feel badly for all the people who have suffered through this whole debacle with Yellowstone — the people who live here, the people who have suffered the damage,” said Christie Mills. “We’re still having a great time, but when we leave, they are still here picking up the pieces.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Provo River running high...

Andrew Adams

Provo River to run closer to flood stage as managers navigate runoff

City officials said they expected flows along the Provo River to be increased again next week as water managers continued to work through the spring runoff.

12 hours ago

Free Frazil Fridays Utah...

Cimaron Neugebauer

3 steps to enjoy a free Frazil on Fridays in Utah, Idaho, Nevada

Free Frazil Fridays: Grab a 12 oz. cup at a participating Utah, Idaho or Nevada location and fill it up with your favorite Frazil flavor.

1 day ago

Cottonwood High School begins a major redesign on the teen wellness center....

Shara Park & Cimaron Neugebauer

Cottonwood High breaks ground for teen wellness center

Cottonwood High School broke ground on a new teen wellness center, on Thursday. It's the first of its kind for the Granite School District.

1 day ago

FILE: Jay Schmidt shows the texts between himself and a scammer....

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Fraudster impersonates Gov. Cox, asks for gift cards

A fraudster impersonated Gov. Cox, trying to swindle others into buying gift cards.

1 day ago

(Courtesy: Salt Lake City Police Department)...

Eliza Pace & Shelby Lofton

One dead in fatal SLC stabbing, one person in custody

One person was stabbed and killed near 1875 S. Redwood Road Thursday evening.

1 day ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Ladd Egan

High runoff is both good and bad news for algal blooms on Utah Lake

In recent years, algal blooms started to develop on Utah Lake around mid-June. This year, Bonner said the blooms could be delayed if the water level stays high and cold.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Portrait of happy boy playing and splashing water in the swimming pool...

Get Out Pass

Family Fun Activities in Utah You Have to Try This Summer

These family fun activities will entertain you all summer, so if you ever feel stuck in a rut wondering what to do, refer to this guide!

Woman IT specialist in elegant suit working on notebook computer in data center next to server rack...

Les Olson

Your Complete Guide to Outsourcing IT Services

This guide covers everything you need to know about the different benefits of outsourcing IT services to meet your small business needs.

diverse group of friends dance outside under string lights...

Lighting Design

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Outdoor Lighting

Read for the most frequently asked questions about outdoor lighting to help narrow the search for your home.

Stack of old laptops with dark background...

PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...

BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.

Park visitors not letting historic flooding dampen their vacation plans