Land of Wonder; Preserve for All

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. People from around the world have been drawn to Yellowstone to witness these wonders for themselves. Now, millions of people come to Yellowstone each year.

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Plan Your Visit

Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan your visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.

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Take the Yellowstone Pledge

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

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Fees & Passes

Learn about the fees and passes that are available.

know your distance for safe wildlife watching
Enjoy watching Yellowstone's animals but STAY SAFE. They are WILD and DANGEROUS. Know your distance.

Experience Your Yellowstone

Please check the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, and lodging and eating options to help plan your visit.

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Things To Do

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

Bison and cars on road.

Park Roads

Check the park roads statuses, road construction closures, and delays. Temporary closures are always possible.

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Explore Yellowstone's seasons.

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Kids & Youth

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

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.

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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NPS Yellowstone Apps

Two official free apps that can help plan and enrich your trip to Yellowstone.


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, the park's strategic priorities, and substantial successes and challenges over the past two years in the State of the Park report.

A geyser erupting


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

A one-story log cabin across a meadow with bison in it


The preservation of cultural resources helps tell the stories of people and their connections to the park.

A bat rests on some wooden posts.


Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained, flapping flight. Yellowstone has 13 species of bats in the park.

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


Elk are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone.

Historic colorized photograph of horses going under a large stone arch.

History & Culture

Explore the rich human and ecological stories that continue to unfold.


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 people crossing a thermal area on a boardwalk.

Stay on Boardwalks

Safety tips to avoid danger and have a great trip.

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Bear Spray

Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.

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Fire Management

Balancing the benefits and threats of fire.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168



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