The World's First National Park

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic features. Within Yellowstone's 2.2 million acres, visitors have unparalleled opportunities to observe wildlife in an intact ecosystem, explore geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, and view geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

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Current Conditions

See what conditions to expect in the park before leaving on your trip!

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Operating Dates

Wondering what will be open during your next trip? It's all covered here!

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Park Roads

Most park roads close to regular vehicles on November 1. Find out current information about road conditions, delays, and closures.

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Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

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Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

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2023 State of the Park

View and download Yellowstone's 2023 State of the Park report.

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View Wildlife Safely

A visit to Yellowstone is a bucket list item. Make it the trip of a lifetime by keeping yourself, and the wildlife you may encounter, safe.

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Download the Official NPS App

One app puts every park at your fingertips. Experience Yellowstone like never before!

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Can't make it to the park? No problem. Take in the sights wherever you are!

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Camp in a Campground

Nothing compares to sleeping under the stars! Most park campgrounds are reserved and full far in advance—plan ahead for a successful visit!

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Stay in a Lodge

There are multiple lodging options that cater to different needs in Yellowstone. Be sure to make reservations early!

Stay 25 yards from bison, elk, and other wildlife, and 100 yards from wolves and bears.
Enjoy watching Yellowstone's animals but STAY SAFE. They are WILD and DANGEROUS. Know your distance.

Last updated: October 31, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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