Current Conditions


The below information is for reference only. We will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

Roads and Construction

For current road status, check the map above or call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information. The park roads page lists current status, seasonal road opening/closing dates, as well as construction projects. The webcams provide a live look at traffic approaching the north and west entrances. Construction has started on a new entrance station at the North Entrance. Expect delays. Anticipated project completion: Late summer 2021.

A structural issue has been identified with the Old Faithful overpass that normally provides access to the Old Faithful area. The overpass has been closed and a new four-way intersection has put into place south of the overpass. All traffic is being routed to the intersection. Expect delays.

Eating and Sleeping

All food services in the park will be grab and go style to start, and may remain this way for the entire year. The only lodging options open this year will be cabin-style accommodations. Please check out the Operating Hours page to see when restaurants, campgrounds, and lodges are scheduled to open this year.

The nearby attractions page provides links to services in surrounding communities.


Never approach animals or block traffic to view them. The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk. Read more about safety in bear country.


Wildland fire danger is VERY HIGH. There are backcountry fire restrictions due to very high fire danger. See the current fire activity page for more information.


The weather in Yellowstone can change quickly, especially during the fall. Check the weather page for more information and the webcams to observe current weather conditions.



The Natural Resource Conservation Service offers an interactive map that displays current data on snow depth, snow water equivalent, and more from SNOTEL stations in and around Yellowstone. Avalanche forecasts and other winter safety information are available from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center.

Swim and Soak

Boiling River: Closed until further notice due to public health guidelines
Firehole Swim Area: Closed until further notice due to public health guidelines

Park waters are swift and cold: use caution around all rivers and streams. Read more about swimming and soaking in Yellowstone.

Hiking Trails and Backcountry Campsites

Check the backcountry situation report or call the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for trail and campsite conditions. Stream levels have risen in some areas with the recent rain and snow. Use caution when crossing streams.


The fishing season runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (usually the last weekend in May) and extends through the first Sunday in November.

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Basic Information

Get all the essential information here, from directions to entrance fees to hours of operation.

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Backcountry Situation Report

Current conditions for trails and campsites.

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Current Geyser Activity

Get the latest geyser eruption predictions.

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Canyon Area Construction Projects

Learn about current and future closures that are part of the Canyon Overlooks and Trails Restoration Project.

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You'll find great advice on our 24/7 traveler’s information station.

Last updated: August 21, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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