Fees & Passes

The entrance fees you pay when visiting Yellowstone make a difference! Under the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act, national parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund critical projects that improve services and protect resources. In Yellowstone, entrance fee revenue provides $8.8 million a year for accessibility improvements, campgrounds, infrastructure, roads, native fish restoration, aquatic invasive species mitigation, and more.

Free Entrance Days
Check out the list of fee-free days coming up this year.

Special Note: As part of our commitment to improve the visitor experience and help protect America's national parks for future generations, the NPS is considering increases to fees at 17 highly visited national parks during the peak visitor seasons (learn more in the news release). This proposal, if implemented, would affect pricing at Yellowstone. The public is encouraged to share their thoughts, comments, and questions on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website between October 24, 2017 and November 23, 2017. Comments may be submitted by mail to: National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 2346, Washington, DC 20240.

Entrance Fees

The following passes are good for seven days and are sold at all entrance stations. Fees are not charged to anyone age 15 or younger.

Seven Day Passes Yellowstone Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Private, non-commercial vehicle $30 $50
Motorcycle or Snowmobile* $25 $40
Individuals by foot, bicycle, ski, etc. $15 per person $20 per person
Non-commercial bus or vehicle with capacity of 16 people or more** $15 per person $20 per person


* Snowmobiles only permitted in Yellowstone and must be on a guided tour or permit.
** Examples of non-commercial groups include church groups and scouts.

Exceptions

  • School groups and other bona fide national and international academic institutions may be eligible for an Academic Fee Waiver.
  • Anyone age 15 or younger is exempt from paying entrance fees.
  • Passes may be used for entry as defined on the back of the pass.

Commercial Tours

Commercial bus tours pay fees based on the seating capacity of the vehicle. The following fees cover entry to Yellowstone for up to seven days (but only for the same passenger group):

Commercial Sedan (1-6 seats): $25, plus $15 per person
Commercial Van (7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy): $125
Commercial Mini Bus (16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy): $200
Commercial Motor Coach (26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy): $300

 

Annual & Lifetime Passes

The following passes may be purchased at Yellowstone entrance stations.

Note about Winter Use in Yellowstone
On a snowmobile, annual/lifetime passes typically admit the signer and children residing in the same household under the age of 21 (4th Grader, Senior, Access, and Volunteer passes only admit the signer). For people traveling by snowcoach or shuttle, passes typically admit the signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

 

Last updated: October 31, 2017

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(307) 344-7381

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