Constant Change

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. This is such a dynamic place that every visit to Yellowstone brings new sights, sounds, and memories.

A pika with leafy matter hanging out of mouth

Climate Change

Yellowstone's climate is changing. A continued rise in temperature will fundamentally alter the ecosystem.

The bank of a stream recently eroded shows past stream deposits.

Sedimentation and Erosion

The erosion of rock and the deposition of geologic material has created some stunning landscapes.

Large boulders are strewn across a sagebrush field with a path crossing it.


Glaciers sculpted the volcanic landscape of Yellowstone.


Visit Yellowstone

An amazing experience awaits you here. Yellowstone is a seasonal park, so plan your visit by learning about the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, lodging and eating options, and available activities.

People walk along a boardwalk that goes through the a bare landscape covered in parts by water.

Things To Do

Explore all the different things there are to do in the park.

View from the top of a building shows visitors standing in a wide arc around a steaming geyser.


Watch Old Faithful erupt or see the Upper Geyser Basin, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Lake, and some of the park entrances.

A car drives along on a winding road during a foggy morning.

Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

Snow blankets rolling hills and conifer trees grow along the ridges.

Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

A skier enjoys a winter sunrise at near a steaming geyser.

Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.


Understand Yellowstone

Yellowstone is as wondrous as it is complex. The park is at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where nature and culture abound. Here are just a few highlights for you to learn about the park.

Rifle and powder horn with a map etched on side resting on fur.

European Americans Arrive

In the late 1700s, fur traders traveled the Yellowstone River in search of Native Americans with whom to trade.

Four river otters resting on a snowy river bank.

River Otter

The most aquatic of the weasels in the park.

A horseshoe covered in white rock reads


The Heritage and Research Center houses Yellowstone's extensive museum collection, archives, and research library.

Steam rises from the built-up cone of Jet Geyser.

Fountain Paint Pot

Explore this popular thermal area where you can see the four major types of hydrothermal features.

A bobcat walking through a snowy field of brush.


One of the elusive cats of Yellowstone.


Preserve Yellowstone

The National Park Service works to preserve Yellowstone for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people. We are not alone in this endeavor-park partners, volunteers, and visitors all help. Learn how to get involved.

Milky Way above the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Energy Conservation

Yellowstone National Park is the largest consumer of energy in the National Park Service.

A large group of people stand on a boardwalk with a forest and steam in the background.

2018 Visitor Use Survey Study

A peer-reviewed report summarizing the results of Yellowstone’s 2018 Visitor Use Study is available online.

Park carpenters working on cabinets and shelving.

Work With Us

Search for jobs with the National Park Service or companies that operate in the park.

Last updated: November 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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