Pools of Beauty

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. Hot springs are the most abundant hydrothermal feature in Yellowstone, and are home to organisms known as thermophiles.

 
A round, blue hot spring with steam rising into the air.

Hot Springs

Hot springs are the most common hydrothermal features in Yellowstone.

Angler fishing in Yellowstone during a golden morning.

Catch a Fish

Be a responsible angler and understand the regulations before you come.

 

Experience Your Yellowstone

An amazing experience awaits you here. This summer, operations and opportunities will be limited, so please check the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, and lodging and eating options to help plan your visit as best as possible.

 
A lone person standing on a boardwalk and takes a picture of steaming hot springs.

Things To Do

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

Yellowstone's app running on a tablet

Digital Guide to Yellowstone

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

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 of park roads.

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Take the Yellowstone Pledge

Take the pledge. Tell a friend. Protect the park.

Child wearing a winter hat and coat looking out across a deep, aqua-green hot spring.

Kids & Youth

What fascinates you about Yellowstone? Personalize your online adventure of the world's first national park.

Map of Norris Geyser Basin showing a brief description and image of Steamboat Geyser.

Virtual Tours

Virtual explore different parks of the park through interactive maps.

 

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.

 
Fisheries staff member holds a 36-pound spawning lake trout removed from Yellowstone Lake.

Nonnative Fish

Lake trout and other invasive species pose many threats to Yellowstone's aquatic ecosystem.

Beaver sliding into the water

Beaver

Beaver affects habitat structure and dynamics through the damming and diverting of streams.

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.

A rich, blue hot spring surrounded by conifer trees.

Photograph Gallery: Hot Springs

Take a visual journey through photographs of Yellowstone hot springs.

Multi-colored ground dotted with milky blue pools and rising steam.

Norris Geyser Basin

Take a virtual trip around the hottest geyser basin in the park, then plan a visit in person.

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Yellowstone Science

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

 

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.

 
A crew of three sprays invasive plants in a meadow.

Invasive Plants

Invasive plants can displace native plant species, change vegetation communities, affect fire frequency, impact wildlife.

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Bear Spray

Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.

Photo of a park employee cleaning a boat with a power washer.

Clean, Drain, and Dry

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

Last updated: May 28, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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