Two Million Acres of Memories

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. Today, the park hosts millions of visitors annually, from winter visitors exploring wintery snowscapes to summer visitors observing wildlife in an intact ecosystem and watching those same hydrothermal wonders. What are some of your favorite Yellowstone memories?

 
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Are you planning a trip to Yellowstone this winter? Here are some tips to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.

 
Snowmobiles and a snowcoach ride by a small group of bison

Ride a Snowmobile or Snowcoach

Take a guided tour of wintry Yellowstone.

Two skiers making their way along a ski-tracked trail through snow-covered woods.

Photograph Gallery: Visitor Activities

Relive your Yellowstone adventures by seeing some of the different activities people do in the park.

 

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.

 
People walk along a boardwalk that goes through the a bare landscape covered in parts by water.

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.

A car drives along on a winding road during a foggy morning.

Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

Snow blankets rolling hills and conifer trees grow along the ridges.

Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

A skier enjoys a winter sunrise at near a steaming geyser.

Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

 

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.

 
Silhouette of two kids standing and watching Riverside Geyser erupt water and steam up over a river.

Picture Yourself in Yellowstone

Enjoy some classic scenes and resources of Yellowstone National Park.

Gnarled wooden posts hold up the second floor balcony with the stone fireplace visible below.

Old Faithful Historic District

The district is historically significant because of its rustic architecture and its role in early development of visitor accommodations.

Two adult swans and four juveniles swim lake.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter swans are the largest wild waterfowl in North America.

People standing in front of a tall tour bus.

Early Visitors

Before 1916, visitors traveled by stagecoach, wagon, or horseback to tour the park. Visitation soared with the allowance of automobiles.

A historic, gray tour bus is parked along a tree-lined street.

Historic Vehicle Collection

Transportation has always played a key part of visiting Yellowstone. The park’s historic vehicle collection includes 30 examples.

 

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.

 
Used plastics awaiting bundling at the recycling center.

Recycling and Waste Diversion

Yellowstone National Park and its concession partners are striving to divert 75% of the solid waste produced in the park from landfills.

People attending a scientific lecture on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Biennial Scientific Conferences

This May, Yellowstone will host the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, focusing on geosciences.

A group of bison cows and calves walking through a green meadow.

Bison Management

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

Last updated: February 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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