Fees & Passes

 
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You are required to pay an entrance fee in order to access Yellowstone National Park. 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. Thank you for your support!

 

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.

Purchase Passes

 

An entrance pass is required to enter Yellowstone National Park. All entrance passes are valid for unlimited entry for seven consecutive days, beginning on the date of purchase. Entrance passes may be purchased online or at any entrance station. If you are visiting other federal recreation areas consider purchasing an America the Beautiful Interagency Annual or Lifetime Pass (see below) when you arrive at the park. Only purchase a Yellowstone Entrance Pass if you do not plan to use another pass to cover the entrance fee. The following passes are available:

  • Yellowstone Entrance Pass - Single Vehicle (Private): $35

    Unlimited entry for one vehicle and all passengers for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase. Vehicles must be private, non-commercial, and with a seating capacity of 15 or less.

  • Yellowstone Entrance Pass - Buses/Vans (Private): $20 per person

    Non-commercial group (e.g. church groups, scouts) traveling in a vehicle with a capacity of 16 or more people. Unlimited entry for one vehicle and all passengers for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase.

  • Yellowstone Entrance Pass - Single Motorcycle/Snowmobile: $30

    Entry for one motorcycle or snowmobile and one passenger for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase.

  • Yellowstone Entrance Pass - Individual Person: $20

    Entry for visitors on foot, bicycle, ski, etc., when 16 years of age or older. Children 15 years and younger are admitted for free.


    Anyone traveling through the park for business or commercial purposes needs a commercial travel permit.

For all annual passes, the pass holder must be present with identification for entry into Yellowstone National Park. We cannot look up information if your pass is lost or stolen and cannot accept receipts or pictures of the pass in lieu of the actual pass. On a snowmobile, annual passes admit the signer(s). When traveling by snowcoach or shuttle, they admit a signer and up to three additional adults. Children under 16 are admitted for free and are not included in these totals. The following annual passes are available:

  • Yellowstone Annual Pass: $70

    Provides unlimited entry for one year (valid through the month of purchase) to the pass holder and passengers in the same vehicle, not to exceed 4 total adults. Purchase online or at any entrance station.

  • America the Beautiful - Annual Pass: $80

    Covers entrance fees at all national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle. Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Purchase online or at any of our entrance stations.

  • America the Beautiful - Annual Senior Pass: $20

    Available for all U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. An America the Beautiful - Lifetime Senior Pass is also available. Covers entrance fees at all national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services, such as camping. Purchase online or at any of our entrance stations.

  • America the Beautiful - Military Pass: Free

    Available for current U.S. military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members. Covers entrance fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites. Must be obtained in person at one of our entrance stations by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).Learn more about the annual Military Pass

  • Annual Fourth Grade Pass: Free

    Available for all U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid Outdoors paper pass, and valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year though the following summer (September-August). Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website.

For all lifetime passes, the pass holder must be present with identification for entry into Yellowstone National Park. We cannot look up information if your pass is lost or stolen and cannot accept receipts or pictures of the pass in lieu of the actual pass. On a snowmobile, lifetime passes admit the signer(s). When traveling by snowcoach or shuttle, they admit a signer and up to three additional adults. Children under 16 are admitted for free and are not included in these totals. The following lifetime passes are available:

  • America the Beautiful - Lifetime Senior Pass - $80

    Available for all U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. An America the Beautiful - Annual Senior Pass is also available. Covers entrance fees at all national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services, such as camping. Purchase online or at any Yellowstone National Park entrance station.

  • America the Beautiful - Lifetime Access Pass - Free

    Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability). Provides entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at federally-operated recreation sites across the country. You must provide additional documentation to obtain this pass. Purchase online or at any Yellowstone National Park entrance station.

  • Military Veterans and Gold Star Family Access Pass - Free

    Available to Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans. Covers entrance fees at all national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation. Find out more information about the Military Veterans and Gold Star Family Free Access Program.

A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. Commercial passes must be purchased in person at one of our entrance stations. Pass is good for seven days as long as it's the same passenger group. The following commercial entrance passes are available:

  • Yellowstone Entrance Pass - Commercial Sedan (1-6 Seats): $25 + $20 per person
  • Yellowstone Entrance Fee - Commercial Van (7-15 Passengers): $125

    Based upon the total capacity of a vehicle that can carry 7-15 passengers, regardless of the actual number of passengers.

  • Yellowstone Entrance Fee - Commercial Tour (16-25 Passengers): $200

    Based upon the total capacity of a vehicle that can carry 16-25 passengers, regardless of the actual number of passengers.

  • Yellowstone Entrance Fee - Commercial Tour (26+ Passengers): $300

    Based upon the total capacity of a vehicle that can carry 26 or more passengers, regardless of the actual number of passengers.


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.

School groups and other approved academic institutions can obtain a waiver of entrance fees, provided the group is visiting for educational purposes and the resources the group intends to use support those purposes. Learn more about academic fee waivers.

Camping fees are separate from your entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park. Holders of Interagency Senior and Access passess are eligible for a 50% discount on their camping fee at all campgrounds except for Fishing Bridge RV Park. Please be prepared to present your pass along with a photo ID. If reserving a site online through Recreation.gov, your pass information must be provided at the time the reservation is made to receive the discount. Learn more about camping in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Other Fee and Pass Regulations

  • Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Passes may be used for entry as defined on the back of the pass.
  • All snowmobiles must be on a guided tour or permit.
 

Last updated: July 2, 2022

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