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

Learn about things that could affect your visit before you arrive.

Cars navigate snow-covered, winding road between the North Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs

Park Roads

Find information about road conditions and seasonal closures.

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.

 
know your distance for safe wildlife watching
Enjoy watching Yellowstone's animals but STAY SAFE. They are WILD and DANGEROUS. Know your distance.
 

Experience Your Yellowstone

Please check the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, and lodging and eating options to help plan your visit.

 
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Seasons

Explore Yellowstone's seasons.

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Things To Do

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

Child wearing a winter hat and coat looking out across a deep, aqua-green hot spring.

Kids & Youth

What fascinates you about Yellowstone? Personalize your online adventure of the world's first national park.

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Play in the Snow

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

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

Webcams

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

Map of Norris Geyser Basin showing a brief description and image of Steamboat Geyser.

Virtual Tours

Virtual explore different parks of the park through interactive maps.

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NPS Yellowstone Apps

Two official free apps that can help plan and enrich your trip to Yellowstone.

 

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.

 
A deep, blue and green hot spring.

Hydrothermal Features

Learn about hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.

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Winter Adaptations

Do you ever wonder how birds stay warm as seasonal changes bring shorter days and colder temps?

Bald eagle standing over a fish that it's eating.

Bald Eagle

Bald eagles can be seen along Yellowstone's many rivers and lakes.

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History & Culture

Explore the rich human and ecological stories that continue to unfold.

Bison grazing in the grassy areas around a hot spring with snow covering part of the ground.

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Yellowstone is the heart of one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zones on Earth.

Lower Falls during winter

Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone River

Virtually explore the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and learn more about this natural treasure

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Yellowstone Supervolcano

Kids: Learn more about the Yellowstone Supervolcano!

 

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, the park's strategic priorities, and substantial successes and challenges over the past two years in the State of the Park report.

 
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Strategic Priorities

The priorities of core, resources, experience, infrastructure, and partnerships will guide decision-making for the next five years.

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.

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Work With Us

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

Last updated: December 3, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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