Where It All Began

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. Preserved within are Earth's most active and diverse geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. Read More

Thomas Moran's painting of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Birth of a National Park

The wonders of Yellowstone were brought to life through the work of artists and explorers.

Eruption plume of Great Fountain Geyser.

Hydrothermal Features

More than 10,000 hydrothermal features are found here, of which more than 500 are geysers.

Bison walk single-file on a path through snow

Winter Ecology

Winter in Yellowstone is a place of magic and vulnerability.

Photo of people waiting at an eruption of Old Faithful

Plan Your Visit

Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan your visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.

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Things To Do

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

Old Faithful Geyser


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

A truck drives along a snowy road.

Park Roads

See what's open during our spring season.

Photo of people eating in the Grant Campground

Eating & Sleeping

Learn more about lodging, camping, and restaurants.

Yellowstone's app running on a tablet

Ranger in Your Pocket

Geyser predictions, interactive maps, self-guided tours, current conditions, and more. Download the app today!

Close-up view of a hot spring with thermophiles growing in it.

Learn About the Park

Yellowstone is as wondrous as it is complex. The park is at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where nature and culture abound.

A brown bear with silver-tipped fur and hump standing in sagebrush

Grizzly Bears

Yellowstone is home to around 150 of these top predators.

Pika carrying vegetation in its mouth.


An indicator species for detecting ecological effects of climate change.

A group of people in a field

Timeline of Human History in Yellowstone

The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years.

A black and dark gray wolf in snow


Gray wolves, restored in 1995, freely roam the park.

Interactive map depicting some of the major places in the park.

Kids: Places in Yellowstone

Yellowstone is full of incredible places. Explore the park with this interactive map.

Photo of ranger deploying bear spray.

Bear Spray

Read about this highly effective bear deterrent.

Photo of a group of bison cows and calves walking through a green meadow

Bison Management

Maintaining a wild, migratory bison population in a modern landscape.

A vehicle cuts and blows snow on a road

Spring Plowing

See what the park does to open the roads for spring.

Last updated: March 11, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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