Dynamic Earth on Display

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. Thousands of hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles dot the wild landscape.

A deep, blue and green hot spring.

Hydrothermal Features

Learn about hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.

People watch from a distance as a geyser erupts steam and water high into the air.

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser is perhaps the most famous geyser in the world, known for its regularity of eruptions.


Plan Your Visit

On May 18, the park will start Phase I of reopening. Services will be limited, and access to the park will only be available through the South and East entrances.

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Park Roads

Check the status of park roads.

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Operating Hours

See what and when services will be available for the 2020 summer season.

A group of people crossing a thermal area on a boardwalk.


Safety tips to avoid danger and have a great trip.


Experience Yellowstone Virtually

Though the park is closed at present, an amazing virtual experience awaits you here. While we do not know when the park will reopen, we are working to keep all the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, lodging and eating options, and available activities up-to-date so you can still plan your visit.

View from the top of a building shows visitors standing in a wide arc around a steaming geyser.


Watch Old Faithful erupt or see the Upper Geyser Basin, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Lake, and some of the park entrances.

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!

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.

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Photos & Multimedia

Virtually tour the park through photographs, sounds, videos, and interactive maps.

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See how you can bring Yellowstone into the classroom or bring students out to the park.

Become a junior ranger of Yellowstone National Park.

Become a Junior Ranger

Now available to download for completing at home, this is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.

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Kids & Youth

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


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.

Two people watch a geyser erupt under a star-filled night sky.

In Depth: Geysers

Learn about the mechanics of geysers, their role in the park's history and what they teach us about the world in which we live.

A rainbow stands out as a geyser erupts.

Current Geyser Activity

Get the latest geyser eruption predictions.

A ranger holds a stopwatch and times an erupting geyser.

In Depth: Predicting Old Faithful

Learn how rangers predict eruptions for this popular geyser.

Steam rises from a tan-gray, rocky hillside.

Steamboat Geyser

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

A round blue pool of hot water steams in a barren landscape.

Virtual Tour: Upper Geyser Basin

Take a virtual tour of the features along the boardwalks in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin.


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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Review laws and policies, meet park managers, and examine projects and budgets.

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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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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