Migratory Nature

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. It is also an important sanctuary for migratory wildlife, and a migratory destination of travelers from around the world. Read More

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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.

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Park Roads

See what's open during our spring season.

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Eating & Sleeping

Learn more about lodging, camping, and restaurants.

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Ranger in Your Pocket

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

Bison grazing in a patch of grass with hydrothermal steam rising behind them.

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 group of rust-brown-headed birds fly over a body of water.


Spring is a wonderful time to look for birds, as migration brings many birds back to the park.

Elk graze across a grassy hillside while a forest grows on the mountain-side beyond.


Spring is a time for plant growth, fueling the return of many migratory species.

Pronghorn graze across the sagebrush-steppe.


All of the park's hoofed mammals migrate across the park to find the best plant growth.

Grizzly bears and ravens feed on a carcass near a couple of ponds.

Cycles and Processes

Many animals migrate seasonally, following the new growth of grasses and other food sources.

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Kids: Preservation

To preserve Yellowstone, we must all be good stewards. Stewardship means making the world a better place by protecting it from harm.

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Bear Spray

Read about this highly effective bear deterrent.

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Bison Management

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

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Spring Plowing

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

Last updated: April 1, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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