Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 3,500 square miles in the northwest corner of Wyoming (3% of the park is in Montana and 1% is in Idaho). Yellowstone has five entrance stations, and several are closed to regular vehicles during winter. It takes many hours to drive between these entrances, so be sure to check the status of roads at the entrance you intend to use while planning your trip and before you arrive.
Commercial airlines serve the following airports near Yellowstone National Park all year: Cody and Jackson, WY; Bozeman and Billings, MT, and Idaho Falls, ID. The West Yellowstone, MT airport is serviced from June to early September from Salt Lake City, UT.
Bus service from Bozeman, MT to West Yellowstone, MT via Highway 191 is available all year. Bus service directly from Idaho to West Yellowstone is limited to the summer months. Commercial transportation from Bozeman, MT to Gardiner, MT is available during the winter and summer seasons. Commercial transportation to the park from Cody and Jackson, WY is available during the summer season. Contact local Chambers of Commerce for specific carriers and schedules.
Train service is not available to Yellowstone National Park. The nearest train depots are in southeast Idaho, Salt Lake City, Utah and northern Montana. Contact Amtrak for specific schedules.
Yellowstone has five entrance stations. Make sure to carefully read about access at each station at different times of year.
There are several things that can affect your driving experience in the park -- road accessibility, road construction, and fast-changing weather. We recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
- Maps - a selection of park maps
- Park Roads - current road status and opening/closing schedule
- Latitude, Longitude & UTMs - coordinates for various destinations in the park
- National Weather Service weather forecast
- WYDOT Road Information 888-WYO-ROAD (Wyoming)
- M-DOT Road Information 800-226-7623 (Montana)
- Road conditions are also available by calling 511, the Nation Traveler Information System. If your phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Select “Yellowstone National Park Tourist Information” from the main menu to hear Yellowstone’s road report.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 82190).