There are two offical free apps that can help plan and enrich your trip to Yellowstone–the NPS Yellowstone App and the National Park Service App (NPS App). Which one should you choose?
NPS Yellowstone App
The NPS Yellowstone App features live updates to the status of lodges, campgrounds, roads, and geyser predictions when in cell service. It also features downloadable interpretive stories (iOS) and self-guided audio tours to use in Yellowstone even when offline. Combined with the interactive map, these stories and tours provide you with in-depth trip planning information and guide you through many of Yellowstone's most fascinating resources.
The National Park Service App (NPS App)
The NPS App features downloadable information for all the national park sites in the country, including Yellowstone. This includes an interactive map, self-guided audio tours, and information to make your trip smoother and more interesting. It does not yet include live updates to lodging, campground, road status, or geyser predictions.
App Contents at a Glance
*Where cell service is available
NPS Yellowstone App Features
Plan and enrich your visit to Yellowstone National Park with the official, free NPS Yellowstone app. Digitally explore the world's first national park—by map or by topic of interest. Discover the natural and cultural stories in context with their locations. Find the information you need about visitor centers, events, lodging, places to eat and shop, and services throughout the park.
[iOS version only] Additional, interpretive content can be explored right from the home screen and from sites where those stories are appropriate. These stories range across themes such as bear safety, hydrothermal features, wildlife, and cultural groups.
Explore Yellowstone's Sites
Discover park stories by exploring collections right on the home screen. Quickly delve into a topic or site that interests you, from the major resources of the park to going on an enriched self-guided walking tour. Alternatively, you can explore Yellowstone via the interactive map, or even search for a site you've heard about.
See when the predicted eruptions will be for six of Yellowstone's geysers, check out which campgrounds and lodges still have availability, and check out the current road statuses. * - Internet connection required to receive the latest updates.
See where you are located within the park, find what is nearby; see the current status of roads, campgrounds, and lodges right on the map; and show specific service locations on this enhanced map. It's a great way to found where things are in the park, or what is near you when you're in the park. If you've downloaded the app content ahead of your visit, the map will continue to work for you without an internet connection!
Plan your visit and reminder yourself of places, topics, tours, and events that interest you. The app will even notify you when you get near a saved location.
Ready to share your experience? Tap here to create your very own collage of images you've taken of your Yellowstone experience, then share that collage with friends and family.
Calendar and Alerts
Get up-to-date information from the National Park Service about what is happening in Yellowstone, including ranger programs and road construction (requires internet connection to receive the initial data and for any updates).
Audio-described sites and alternative text for images. This app includes up-to-date accessibility information for facilities and some trails in the park.
Using the App
Cellular service within the park is extremely limited. In order to make use of the app while in Yellowstone, follow these simple steps before you arrive:
By doing this, most of the app content will be available for use in the park (the exceptions being alerts, calendar updates, and real-time updates—accessing those items before leaving service will at least keep that information in the app). Even without cellular service, the app will be able to share your location on the map and bring up all site content.
Download the App
App-related Questions or Comments
Please contact us with any comments you might have about the app, from issues you might be experiencing or new content you'd love to see in the app. We want to hear from you.
Last updated: April 15, 2021