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. Pack your patience: 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. Practice safe selfies: do not approach animals to take pictures.
  3. Early birds avoid crowds and traffic: visit the park during nonpeak hours (before 9 am and after 3 pm) and seasons (April/May, September/October). Check out our list of seasonal highlights.
  4. Plan ahead: campgrounds and lodges fill early, so finding a place to sleep at the last minute is unlikely.
  5. Stay on boardwalks: hot springs have injured more people than any other natural feature (including animals).
  6. Drive responsibly: observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take pictures, and let other cars pass.
  7. Bears inhabit the entire park, not just the backcountry: learn how to travel safely in bear country.
  8. Cell service and bandwidth are limited: don't be surprised if you can't receive calls or texts.
  9. 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.
  10. Download Yellowstone's app before you arrive!
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Basic Information

All the essentials: 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 more about lodging, camping, and restaurants.

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Places To Go

Learn more about the amazing variety of destinations in Yellowstone

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Things To Do

No matter how you like to spend your day, we’ve got you covered.

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Download trip planners, park newspapers, translated materials, and more!

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

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General 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: March 28, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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