• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Picnicking

People take time to enjoy a picnic in a quiet spot near a river

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.

 
Picnic Area Information
No.
Name
Grates
Tables
Restrooms
1 Madison River
7

1*

2 Madison Junction
14

1

3 Firehole River
12 1
4 Nez Perce 3 12

1*

5 Whiskey Flat 1 12+1* 1*
6 East Lot 0 6+1* 1*
7 Spring Creek 2 10 1*
8 Delacey Creek
9 1
9 East Divide
14 1*
10 Lewis Lake
9 2*
11 Cave Falls
4 2*
12 Snake River 8 15 1*
13 Grant Village 12 17 1
14 West Thumb
5 1*
15 Hard Road To Travel
3
16 Fisherman's Access
3 2
17 Pumice Point
2
18 Spruce-Fir Exhibit
4
19 Sand Point
18 4
20 Gull Point
21 1*
21 Bridge Bay 3 23 1*
22 Lake Village
2
23 Fishing Bridge

11


24 Steamboat Point

2

1*

25

Sedge Bay

3

1*

26

Sylvan Lake

8

1*

27

Eleanor Lake

2

28

LeHardy

6

29

Cascade

6

1*

30

Nez Perce Ford

17

1*

31

Otter Creek

8

32

Chittenden Bridge/Wapiti Lake

4

33

Cascade Lake Trail 5

16

1

34

Dunraven Road

12

1

35

Yellowstone River

9

1*

36

Warm Creek

7

1*

37

Lava Creek

5

1*

38

Albright

4

nearby*

39

Mammoth

4

nearby*

40

45th Parallel/Gardner River

2

nearby*

41

Arch Park

1

7

nearby*

42

Sheepeater Cliff

5

1*

43

Appolinaris Spring

6

2

44

Beaver Lake

9

1*

45

Norris Meadows

4

16

1*

46

Virginia Cascades

6

1*

47

Gibbon Meadows

9

2*

48

Caldera Rim

To come

1*

49

Iron Spring

To come

1*

50

Gibbon Falls

To come

0

51

Tuff Cliff

3

1*

52

Soda Butte

3+1*

1*

*Wheelchair Accessible
 
Detailed map of picnic areas around the park.

Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

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.