Observe Inspiring Nature

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. From the dazzling eruptions of geysers, to the prismatic colors of thermophilic communities, to the natural sounds whispering or thundering through the landscape, Yellowstone is a feast for the senses.

 
 
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Mammoth Hot Springs

Virtually wander around Mammoth Hot Springs, where the underlying limestone allow large terraces to form above ground.

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Yellowstone Science

Yellowstone Science shares in-depth, science-based knowledge about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Steam rises from a tan-gray, rocky hillside.

Steamboat Geyser

Unpredictable and dormant for years, Steamboat Geyser has been quite active since 2018.

 

Visit Yellowstone

An amazing experience awaits you here. Yellowstone is a seasonal park, so plan your visit by learning about the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, lodging and eating options, and available activities.

 
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Things To Do

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

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.

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Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

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Watch Wildlife

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

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Digital Guide to Yellowstone

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

 

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.

 
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Soundscapes

Sounds have an important ecological function for reproduction and survival. Together they form a soundscape.

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Bats

Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained, flapping flight. Yellowstone has 13 species of bats in the park.

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Plants

More than 1,300 plant taxa occur in Yellowstone National Park.

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Mud Volcano

Virtually wander around Mud Volcano, an area many consider the most aromatic place in the park.

Steam rises from a blue pool down in a crater.

Kids: Hydrothermal Features

Explore the world of hydrothermal features, from the features themselves to the organisms living in them.

 

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.

 
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Strategic Priorities

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

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Bear Spray

Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.

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Clean, Drain, and Dry

Protect park waters by preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Last updated: September 30, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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