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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150 Years of Yellowstone

Reflect on 150 years of protecting Yellowstone National Park, the challenges of today, and a vision for tomorrow.

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Park Roads

Find information about road conditions and seasonal closures.

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Current Conditions

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

 
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.
 

Plan Your Visit

Please check the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, entrance fees and passes, and lodging and eating options to help you prepare for your trip.

 
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Camp in a Campground

Most park camping is reserved and full far in advance. Plan ahead for a successful visit.

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Stay in a Lodge

Learn about places to stay and eat in the park and make a reservation early!

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Top Things to Know

Planning is crucial to a good summer visit, as this is the time when most people come to the park.

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Road Construction

Learn about major road improvement projects and where to expect delays and closures.

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NPS App

The official NPS mobile app can help plan and enrich your trip to Yellowstone.

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Webcams

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

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Virtual Tours

Virtually explore different parks of the park through interactive maps.

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Watch Wildlife

Bring binoculars or a spotting scope and enjoy watching animals from a safe distance.

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Bear Safety

Learn about best practices for traveling safely in bear country.

 

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. Here are just a few highlights.

 
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Hydrothermal Features

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

Three Nez Perce on horseback.

Native American Affairs

Many tribes have a traditional connection to the land and resources of Yellowstone.

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Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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

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Kids & Youth

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

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Bison Management

Learn about how the park maintains a wild, migratory bison population in a modern landscape.

 

Get Involved

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

 
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Strategic Priorities

The priorities of core, resources, experience, infrastructure, and partnerships guide park management decision making.

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Work With Us

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

Last updated: April 21, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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