• A bull elk bugles in Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

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  • Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris Closed Sept. 14-30

    The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. The road from Mammoth to Norris is closed for two weeks—traffic should detour over Dunraven Pass. More »

What You Can Do

Refuse

Think about your green purchasing power and buy locally, sustainably, and only what you need, what can be recycled or reused. Only take pamphlets and flyers if you will read them, ask for water at park restaurants when you need it.

Reduce

Turn out the lights before you leave your room and unplug appliances when not in use. Minimize water use when brushing your teeth and take short showers. Reuse your towels to reduce water use. Turn off your car at pullouts or if you are stationary for more than 30 seconds—don't idle. Keep our air clean—bike or walk whenever you can and reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Reuse

Carry a refillable water bottle, your own coffee mug, and reusable bags—Yellowstone's many general stores and visitor education centers will thank you. All water from taps, faucets, and drinking fountains in Yellowstone is good to drink.

Recycle

In Yellowstone you can recycle plastics, metals, glass, paper, cardboard, propane and bear spray canisters. Use one of the many recycling centers located parkwide and sort your waste appropriately. Can't find the recycling bins? Inquire at a park visitor education center, general store, or hotel front desk.

Rethink

Apply these basic principles to your everyday routine and make them a way of life. While you're here, help us to make Yellowstone greener.

 
 

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.