Basic Information

Yellowstone's weather can vary quite a bit, even in a single day. In the summer, daytime highs can exceed 70F (25C), only to drop 20 or more degrees when a thunderstorm rolls through. It can snow during any month of the year, and winter lows frequently drop below zero, especially at night. Bring a range of clothing options, including a warm jacket and rain gear, even in the summer.

Check out our Fees & Passes page to learn more about entrance fees, annual passes, and more.

Entrance Fees:

Yellowstone (non-commercial vehicle) - $35.00

Good for entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days from the date of purchase.

Yellowstone (motorcycle or snowmobile) - $30.00

Good for entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days from the date of purchase. Snowmobile entry limited to guided tours or permit holders.

Yellowstone (individual on foot, bicycle, etc.) - $20.00

Good for entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days from the date of purchase.

Entrance Passes:

Yellowstone National Park Annual Pass - $70.00

Annual pass providing free entrance into Yellowstone National Park for one year (valid through the month of purchase). On a snowmobile, this pass admits the signer(s). When traveling by snowcoach or shuttle, this pass admits a signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

Albright Visitor Center

Located at Mammoth Hot Springs, the Albright Visitor Center has park and trip-planning information, exhibits on the park's history and wildlife, ranger programs, a bookstore, a backcountry office, restrooms, and free Wi-Fi.

Canyon Visitor Education Center

Services: Information and vending is available during open hours, restrooms are available 24 hours a day.

Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum

Exhibits about the park's birds and other wildlife, and Yellowstone Lake's geology, including a relief map of the lake bottom.

Grant Visitor Center

Exhibits describe the park's historic fires of 1988.

Museum of the National Park Ranger

History of the park ranger profession through exhibits and videos. Staffed by volunteer retired rangers.

Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station

Information and bookstore. Exhibits on the hydrothermal features of Yellowstone.

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Exhibits: Yellowstone's newest visitor center offers dynamic exhibits about hydrothermal features. Geyser eruption predictions are calculated during visitor center hours and shared on signs, by telephone recordings at 307-344-2751, or via

West Thumb Information Station

Offers information about the adjacent geyser basin on the shore of Yellowstone Lake

West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center

Information and publications

West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (NPS Desk)

Located inside the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce

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Current Conditions

Learn about road construction, closures, and other relevant info before you arrive.

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Operating Hours & Seasons

See what opens when for the summer season.

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Permits & Reservations

I need a permit for that? Review this list and avoid surprises.

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Seasonal Highlights

Yellowstone has something to offer every month of the year.

A ranger answers questions after an eruption of Old Faithful.


Read answers to many frequently asked questions.

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Goods & Services

From cell phone service to RV repair, see what's offered in the park.

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Activities with pets are very limited in Yellowstone.

Last updated: January 8, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168


(307) 344-7381

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