Summer Adventures

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. Today, millions of people come here each year to camp, hike, and enjoy the majesty of the park.

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Bear Spray

Read about this highly effective bear deterrent.

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Ranger in Your Pocket

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

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Clean, Drain, Dry

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

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Plan Your Visit

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

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

See what's open during our spring season.

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Eating & Sleeping

Learn more about lodging, camping, and restaurants.

Become a junior ranger of Yellowstone National Park.

Becoming a Junior Ranger

This is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.

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.

The rainbow colors of Grand Prismatic Spring range from blue to orange.

Hydrothermal Systems

Yellowstone's hydrothermal systems are the visible expression of the immense Yellowstone volcano.

Purple wildflowers in bloom.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers can grow under the forest canopy, but the most conspicuous displays occur in open meadows and sagebrush-steppe.

Map of the northwestern US showing 26 tribes that have ties to the Yellowstone area.

Associated Tribes of Yellowstone

26 tribes have ties to the area and resources now found within Yellowstone National Park.

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Hydrothermal Plant Communities

Fascinating and unique plant communities have developed in the expanses of thermally heated ground.

A tiger salamander

Amphibians

Amphibians are valuable indicators of stressors such as disease or climate change.

An aerial view of two collared wolves standing on snow

Using Radio Collars to Study Wildlife

Radio-collaring wildlife in Yellowstone is an important method to collect all kinds of data.

A historical photo of a group of people walking across a geyser runoff channel.

Preserving Cultural Resources

Cultural landscapes are settings that human beings have created in the natural world.

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Partners

Learn how partners help support our efforts to preserve and protect the park's spectacular natural and cultural features.

Last updated: April 30, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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