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Entrance Fees

The entrance fees you pay when visiting Yellowstone make a difference! Under the Federal Lands Recreation 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.


Digital Passes Available

Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Yellowstone National Park site-specific digital pass online before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display when you arrive.

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Visitors entering Yellowstone's South Entrance will be traveling through Grand Teton National Park first; separate entrance fees are charged.

Yellowstone National Park Passes

Seven-day Passes

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

  • Private, non-commercial vehicle: $35
  • Motorcycle or snowmobile: $30
  • Individual (by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.): $20/person

Annual Pass

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.

  • Yellowstone National Park Annual Pass: $70.00

Regulations and Exceptions

  • All passes are non-transferable.
  • All snowmobiles must be on a guided tour or permit.
  • 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.
  • Anyone traveling through the park for business or commercial purposes needs a commercial travel permit.

Non-Commercial Buses/Vans

Non-commercial groups (e.g. church groups, scouts) traveling in vehicles with a capacity of 16 people or more pay $20/person.

Commercial Tours

All commercial operators are independently responsible for understanding and complying with the most current applicable laws, regulations, orders, ordinances and other requirements and for conducting their operations in a manner that is safe and protects the health of employees, customers and the public.

While physical distancing is no longer required, the CDC has ordered and requires that masks be worn on public transportation systems.

This guidance could change if COVID-19 conditions become less favorable. Operators are responsible for staying up-to-date on the latest guidance.

The following list outlines some (but not all) applicable laws, public health orders, and guidance commercial tour bus operators must follow:

Face Mask Requirements Face masks are optional in NPS-administered buildings and facilities for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks are still required for everyone on all forms of public and commercial transportation. For the most up-to-date information, please check the park app or via the website at Current Conditions for changes to park operations.

If you are a Road-Based Commercial Tour operator and would like to receive communication from the park about operational changes, please email us your business name, contact name, address, phone number, and email address.

Commercial bus tours pay fees based on the seating capacity of the vehicle. The following fees cover entry to Yellowstone:

  • Commercial Sedan (1-6 seats): $25, plus $20/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

Commercial entry good for seven days as long as it's the same passenger group.


Federal Lands Passes

Federal lands passes are accepted and sold at Yellowstone entrance stations.

Note about Winter Use in Yellowstone

On a snowmobile, annual/lifetime passes admit the signer(s). When traveling by snowcoach or shuttle, passes admit a signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.


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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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Academic Fee Waivers

Learn how your academic institute can apply for a fee waiver.

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Your Fee Dollars at Work

Discover how your fee dollars are reinvested into the park.

Last updated: April 4, 2022

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PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168



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