Hissing Steam and Plopping Mud

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. From their energetic sounds and interesting aromas, mudpots and fumaroles provide some of the richest experiences for the senses.

 
A large bubble emerging from the mud in a large mudpot.

Mudpots

With their plopping sounds, bubbling, and smattering, mudpots are fascinating to observe.

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Fishing Bridge, Lake, and Bridge Bay

Explore the shores and waters of Yellowstone Lake.

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.

 
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Watch this short video for Yellowstone visiting tips for this summer.

 
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.

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

Park Roads

Check the status of park roads.

Lightning strikes Electric Peak as a dark storm rolls over the mountain.

Backcountry Situation Report

Current conditions for trails and campsites.

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.

 
 
Pink wildflowers in bloom.

Wildflowers

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

Visitors look from a boardwalk at a large area of mudpots spewing pink and gray mud around.

Photograph Gallery: Mudpots

Look at some of the photographs taken of mudpots around the park.

A swirl of black mud within a bubbling gray mass of mud.

Mud Volcano

Virtually wander around Mud Volcano, an area many consider the most aromatic place in the park.

A heartbeat graphic is superimposed over a croaking frog and a mountain valley

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 wildfire crew stands closely by a large pile of burning logs.

Fire Management

Balancing the benefits and threats of fire.

Photo of ranger deploying bear spray.

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

Contact Us