Plan Your Visit

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Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan Your Visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.

 

People visit Yellowstone and discover an amazing variety of experiences and destinations. We hope you'll have fun, make lifelong memories, and enjoy this special place.

Top Things To Know

  1. Be patient and flexible
    Hundreds of thousands of people visit Yellowstone during the months of June, July, and August. It's also a big place: traffic and road construction often make drive times longer than expected.
  2. Cell service and bandwidth are limited
    Don't be surprised if you can't receive calls or texts, even in the few areas you have cell reception.
  3. Digital guide to enhance your experience
    Download the free NPS Yellowstone app (and offline content) before you arrive.
  4. Plan ahead
    Campgrounds and lodges fill early, so finding a place to sleep at the last minute is unlikely.
  5. Drive responsibly
    Observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take pictures, and let other cars pass.
  6. Stay on boardwalks
    Hot springs have injured more people than any other natural feature (including animals).
  7. Bears inhabit the entire park
    Bears are not just the backcountry, so learn how to travel safely in bear country.
  8. Practice safe selfies
    Never approach animals to take pictures and alway be aware of your surroundings.
  9. Early (and late) birds avoid crowds and traffic
    Visit the park during nonpeak hours—before 9 am and after 3 pm. Check out the list of seasonal highlights.
  10. Explore beyond our borders
    The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem includes much more than the park. Plan your trip to take in the vibrant communities, public lands, and natural wonders throughout this area.
 
 
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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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Directions & Transportation

Learn how to get here, check the status of roads, and view park maps.

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Eating & Sleeping

Learn about places to stay and eat in the park.

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Things To Do

Explore all the different things there are to do in the park.

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Places To Go

Learn more about the amazing variety of destinations in Yellowstone.

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Calendar

Discover current program offerings by browsing this interactive calendar.

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Safety

Prepare yourself to safely enjoy wildlife, hydrothermal areas, and other features.

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Accessibility

Peruse information about accessibility in Yellowstone's major areas.

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Nearby Attractions

Check out what’s offered in local parks, public lands, and communities.

Last updated: November 4, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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