Picnicking in Yellowstone National Park
Visitors can use picnic areas throughout the park. The numbers on the map below indicate the picnic area locations; they also correspond to the list. Signs along the roadway also indicate picnic areas. Every picnic area has tables, except for the 3 newest areas near Gibbon Falls, and most have vault toilets. You can use camping stoves and self-contained charcoal grills to prepare food at any picnic area. Fires are permitted only in picnic areas with fire grates. Only one picnic area—Madison—has water. Camping is not allowed in any picnic area.
Special fire restrictions are occasionally put in place when the danger of wildland fires is great. If you plan to light a fire in the park, please ask about current fire restrictions at the entrance station when you arrive or email our Visitor Services Office immediately prior to your visit.
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.