Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers and hot springs. An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. Centuries-old sites and historic buildings that reflect the unique heritage of America's first national park are also protected. Yellowstone National Park serves as a model and inspiration for national parks throughout the world.
We are the stewards of your park and we are charged with protecting its priceless resources and ensuring they remain unimpaired for future generations. The people who work and volunteer here enjoy sharing the park with visitors, as it allows them to see it fresh through your eyes. Please, seek us out! Step inside a visitor center or attend a ranger walk. Our administration offices are at Mammoth Hot Springs and we have staff and offices in all of the developed areas throughout the park. Learn more about:
What We Do
Since Yellowstone’s founding as the world’s first national park on March 1, 1872, it has evolved a complex stewardship mission to be both available and conserved for the enjoyment of all. The NPS does all we can to:
Enjoy Your Visit and Help Us Preserve Yellowstone
You are the reason that Yellowstone National Park exists here today. With your help, we preserve, protect, and manage historical, natural, and cultural resources, and buildings and roads for you, your children, and their grandchildren. Help us by becoming familiar with some of the Rules and Regulations that are important to a safe and enjoyable visit. We also have various Laws and Policies, including information on firearms in the park.
Help Us Celebrate!
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. For a century the NPS has cared for and protected wildlife, lands, waterways, accomplishments, lessons, and stories belonging to the citizens of the United States of America. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks.
Last updated: September 8, 2017