Emerging from Winter

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. Spring is a time of transition within the park, as snow flurries eventually give way to blue skies, bears leave their dens, plants grow once more, and migrating birds return.

A grizzly bear in a meadow near Swan Lake

Grizzly Bear

Learn about the biology of this top predator.

An adult black bear and cub stand in grass near a forest

Black Bear

Black bears are commonly seen in Yellowstone.


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.

A person photographing the colors of hot springs from a boardwalk.

Photos & Multimedia

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

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.

Kids working on an activity out in the woods.


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

A large bull bison stands on a hill covered in some snow backed by blue sky


Yellowstone bison exhibit behavior like their ancient ancestors.

Branches and limbs cluster around a growing conifer on a windswept mountain top.


More than 1,300 plant taxa occur in Yellowstone National Park.

A bull elk with large antlers bugles in front of yellow leaves


Elk are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone.

A white-breasted bird with gray and black wings and black beak on a mound of snow

Songbirds and Woodpeckers

Passerine and near passerine species comprise the majority of bird species in Yellowstone.

A large flock of white birds on the shore of an island.

Colony Nesting Birds

American white pelicans and other colonial nesting birds nest primarily on the Molly Islands in the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake.


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 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.

Photo of ranger deploying bear spray.

Bear Spray

Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.

A vehicle cuts and blows snow on a road

Spring Plowing

See what the park does to open the roads for spring.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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