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

See what conditions to expect in the park before leaving on your trip!

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Operating Dates

Wondering what will be open during your next trip? It's all covered here!

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Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal opening dates of park roads.

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Wildlife Safety

A visit to Yellowstone is a bucket list item. Make it the trip of a lifetime by keeping yourself, and the wildlife you may encounter, safe.

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Fees & Passes

Learn about the fees and passes that are available.

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Stay in a Lodge

There are multiple lodging options that cater to different needs in Yellowstone. Be sure to make reservations early!

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Camp in a Campground

Nothing compares to sleeping under the stars! Most park campgrounds are reserved and full far in advance—plan ahead for a successful visit!

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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

This boating and fishing season, protect park waters by preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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Gone Fishing

If you're planning on casting a rod here, help us protect our native species by following all park fishing regulations.

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Download the Official NPS App

One app puts every park at your fingertips. Experience Yellowstone like never before!

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Can't make it to the park? No problem. Take in the sights wherever you are!

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2023 State of the Park

View and download Yellowstone's 2023 State of the Park report.

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What We Do Podcast

Ever wondered what park rangers do? Listen to our new podcast as we explore the different careers in Yellowstone and how you can get hired!

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.

Last updated: May 29, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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