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 DaysCheck out the list of fee-free days coming up this year.
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 on Recreation.gov 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.
Learn more about your pass options, find the right Yellowstone National Park pass for you, and buy your pass online.
Visitors entering Yellowstone's South Entrance will be traveling through Grand Teton National Park first; separate entrance fees are charged.
The following passes are sold at all entrance stations.
Good for entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days from the date of purchase.
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.
Regulations and Exceptions
Non-commercial groups (e.g. church groups, scouts) traveling in vehicles with a capacity of 16 people or more pay $20/person.
Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park announce the 2021 commercial vehicle occupancy standards. In collaboration with the motorcoach industry and the U.S. Public Health Service, the following two commercial vehicle occupancy parameters have been established and are effective immediately:
Grand Teton CUA holders and Concessioners: CUA holders shall continue to operate in accordance with the guidance that was formally provided on March 29, 2021 (including supplemental guidance). Concessioners shall continue to operate in accordance with their accepted COVID-19 Risk Management Plan Addendums.
If conditions change, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks reserve the right to change these parameters immediately. Please understand the parks will make every effort to communicate the need for the change in a timely manner; however, depending on conditions, immediate action may be necessary.
Commercial bus tours pay fees based on the seating capacity of the vehicle. The following fees cover entry to Yellowstone:
Commercial entry good for seven days as long as it's the same passenger group.
If you are a Road-Based Commercial Tour operator and would like to receive communication from the park regarding operational changes, please email us your business name, contact name, address, phone number, and email address.
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.
Last updated: April 27, 2021