The World's First National Park

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic features. Within Yellowstone's 2.2 million acres, visitors have unparalleled opportunities to observe wildlife in an intact ecosystem, explore geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, and view geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

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Current Conditions

Spring is here in Yellowstone, but that doesn’t mean you should pack your shorts and t-shirts just yet!

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Operating Dates

Wondering what will be open during your next trip? It's all covered here!

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Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal opening dates of park roads.

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Plan Your Visit

Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan ahead to make your time in Yellowstone safe, fun, and rewarding!

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Bear Safety

Wonders abound in Yellowstone, though many come with an unfamiliar danger. Learn how to explore safely in bear habitat.

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Stay in a Lodge

There are multiple lodging options that cater to different needs in Yellowstone. Be sure to make reservations early!

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Camp in a Campground

Nothing compares to sleeping under the stars! Most park campgrounds are reserved and full far in advance—plan ahead for a successful visit!

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2023 State of the Park

View and download Yellowstone's 2023 State of the Park report.

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What We Do Podcast

Ever wondered what park rangers do? Listen to our new podcast as we explore the different careers in Yellowstone and how you can get hired!

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Download the Official NPS App

One app puts every park at your fingertips. Experience Yellowstone like never before!

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Can't make it to the park? No problem. Take in the sights wherever you are!

Stay 25 yards from bison, elk, and other wildlife, and 100 yards from wolves and bears.
Enjoy watching Yellowstone's animals but STAY SAFE. They are WILD and DANGEROUS. Know your distance.

Last updated: April 4, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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