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Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for you to enjoy.
 

Explore

There are so many ways to explore Yellowstone. Here are some of the more popular ways you can experience the park and make your visitor memorable.

 
Visitors watching a geyser erupt water and steam into the area from the safety of the boardwalk.

Explore Thermal Basins

Follow boardwalks and maintained trails to witness hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles, and geysers up close.

Four hikers walking along a wooded hiking trail.

Hike a Trail

Lace up your boots, grab your bear spray, and explore nearly 1,000 miles of trails.

A man looks through a large spotting scope at a bear in the distance

Watch Wildlife

Bring some binoculars or a spotting scope and enjoy animals from a safe distance.

A group of photographers near Mammoth Hot Springs

Take Photographs

Best practices & tips for shooting in Yellowstone.

Cyclists pedal around a campground

Bike in the Park

Enjoy the scenery on two wheels.

Horseback riders in Yellowstone

Ride a Horse

Bring your own stock or take a guided ride.

 

Relax

Looking for a quieter experience? Yellowstone also offers ways to slow down and relax in nature.

 
Girl roasting marshmallow over an open fire.

Camp in a Campground

Plan a night in one of twelve park campgrounds.

Hikers crossing a creek via a cable suspension bridge.

Camp in the Backcountry

Enjoy the solitude of more than 300 backcountry campsites.

A family sits around a picnic table and enjoys a meal together.

Have a Picnic

Unpack your basket at 52 picnic areas throughout the park.

 

Learn and Tour

Enrich your visit to Yellowstone by participating in a ranger program, becoming a junior ranger, exploring as a young scientist, or going on a guided tour.

 
Park ranger starts a campfire at the start of a campground evening program.

Participate in a Ranger Program

Join a park ranger to further your understanding about this special place.

Become a junior ranger of Yellowstone National Park.

Become a Junior Ranger

This is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.

A young visitor learns about hot springs from a ranger.

Explore as a Young Scientist

Solve science mysteries by combining investigation in both visitor center and field settings.

A group of people gather during sunrise

Join a Guided Tour

Professional guides can help you make the most of your visit.

 

Fish, Boat, and Soak

Fishing and boating are two popular activities in Yellowstone. Having fairly intact aquatic ecosystems—and being part of river systems that drain into the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of California, and Gulf of Mexico—it is important to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boats and fishing equipment.

 
Angler fishing in Yellowstone

Fish

Be a responsible angler and understand the regulations before you come.

Canoer paddles on Yellowstone Lake

Boat

Take in the view from the water.

Visitors enjoying the thermally-heated waters where the Boiling River enters the Gardiner River.

Swim and Soak

As most of Yellowstone's waters are dangerous, there are very limited opportunities to swim or soak. Always follow park regulations.

 

Explore in Winter

Winter in Yellowstone is a whole different experience: cars and camper-vans give way to snowmobiles and snow-coaches, cold temperatures freeze lakes and waterfalls, and snow-covered landscapes invite you to explore on skis or snowshoes.

 
Two skiers explore the mountains of Yellowstone.

Ski & Snowshoe

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Snowmobiles and a snowcoach ride by a small group of bison

Ride a Snowmobile or Snowcoach

Take a guided tour of wintry Yellowstone.

Two skiers traveling across a wide trail with backpacks to ski-sleds.

Camp in the Backcountry in Winter

A winter trip into the backcountry is a time of solitude and unique beauty. However, frigid weather conditions pose serious dangers.

Last updated: June 27, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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