Fees & Passes

Your Fees Benefit the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Yellowstone make a difference! We participate in the Congressionally-authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund important projects that improve visitor services and protect resources.

In Yellowstone, your fees allow us to spend approximately $4 million per year on local projects like:
  • road overlays, patching, chipseal, drainage, and erosion control
  • improved accessibility for people with disabilities
  • increased monitoring and mitigation of park resources
  • campground upgrades
  • rehabilitation of park structures
  • utility systems repairs
The entrance fee is $25 for a private, noncommercial vehicle; $20 for each snowmobile or motorcycle; or $12 for each visitor 16 and older entering by foot, bike, ski, snowcoach, etc. This fee provides the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Remember to keep your admission receipt in order to re-enter the parks. Snowmobile operators must possess a valid driver's license and are allowed by commercially-guided trip only. Annual or Lifetime Passes are possible alternatives to the above fees.

Please Note: In 2015, entrance fees to Yellowstone National Park may increase. Also, a separate fee may be collected for entry into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. New rates will be posted as soon as possible along with an implementation date. No price changes will occur for the America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass, the Military Annual Pass, the Interagency Senior Pass, or the Interagency Access Pass.
Park Annual Pass
The $50 park annual pass provides entrance to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single private non-commercial vehicle at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Pass is valid for one year through the MONTH of purchase. Purchase your pass at one of the park's entrances.
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America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass
The $80 Interagency Annual Pass provides entrance or access to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private non-commercial vehicle at most federal recreation sites across the country. Pass is valid for one year through the MONTH of purchase. The pass is not valid for Expanded Amenity fees such as camping or parking at Mt Rushmore. Purchase your pass at one of Yellowstone's entrance stations.
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Military Annual Pass
A free annual pass for active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). Pass must be issued in person. Learn more about the Military Pass.

Interagency Senior Pass
The $10 Interagency Senior Pass (62 and older) is a lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Pass is available only in-person at entrances or visitor centers. Learn more about the Senior Pass.

Interagency Access Pass
Free lifetime pass available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been determined to be blind or permanently disabled. Pass is available only in-person at entrances or visitor centers. Learn more about the Access Pass.

The above passes replace the Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass. These passes will remain valid until they expire or are lost or stolen.


Commercial Visitors
Commercial bus tours are subject to a separate fee schedule based upon the seating capacity of the bus.

Seating Capacity Fee
Sedan 1-6 passengers $25, plus $12 a person
Van 7-15 passengers $125 (no per person fee)
Minibus 16-25 passengers $200 (no per person fee)
Motorcoach 26 or more passengers $300 (no per person

Non-Commercial Groups
Non-commercial groups entering the park in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 16 persons or more, will be charged $12 for each person on board. Examples of non-commercial groups include church groups and boy and girl scouts.


  • Anyone 15 years or younger is exempt from paying an entrance fee.
  • Passes may be used for entry as defined on the back of the pass.
  • In many cases the driver will have been hired for transportation only and is exempt from paying the entrance fee. The total fee charged will not exceed the equivalent commercial fee for that type vehicle.
Fee-Free Days
In 2015 the National Park Service will offer nine fee-free days. They are:
  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19: National Park Week's opening weekend
  • August 25: National Park Service's 99th birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

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