If you plan to use the park campgrounds, remember that the regular time limits and fees apply to researchers. In general, you may stay in
You will need a backcountry permit for any overnight backcountry work. Backcountry permits are available at most Visitor Centers. Backcountry campsites can be reserved in advance for $20 or you can reserve a permit no more than 48 hours in advance for free. However, the actual permit needs to be picked up at a Backcountry Office before your hike. Backpacking regulations and advance reservation forms are available on request by downloading the online Backcountry Trip Planner, or by writing to:
Procedures for Conducting Night Studies
Camping is regulated in Yellowstone to protect the natural resources. If your study requires an overnight stay away from a designated campsite, you must obtain special authorization when you apply for your research permit or renewal. You must also obtain a backcountry permit for camping in an undesignated campsite. Apply for authorization prior to your fieldwork by contacting the Research Permit Office at (307) 344-2234.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.