Fees & Passes

Your Fees Benefit the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Yellowstone make a difference! Under the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act, national parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund critical projects that improve visitor services and protect natural and cultural resources.

In Yellowstone, your fees will allow us to spend approximately $8.8 million per year on local projects such as:

  • road overlays, patching, chipseal, drainage, and erosion control
  • accessibility improvements for people with disabilities
  • increased monitoring and mitigation of park resources including native fish restoration and aquatic invasive species mitigation
  • campground upgrades
  • rehabilitation of park structures
  • radio and utility systems repairs
 

Entrance Fees

Please Note: New entrance fees will become effective June 1, 2015. A separate fee will be collected for entry into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. 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.

Through May 31: The current entrance fees through May 31 provide a 7-day entrance permit for Yellowstone National Park and Grant Teton National Park. The prices are: $25 for a private, noncommercial vehicle; $20 for a motorcycle; or $12 for each visitor 16 years and older entering by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.

Beginning June 1: The new entrance fees beginning on June 1 provide a 7-day entrance permit for Yellowstone National Park only. The prices are: $30 for a private, noncommercial vehicle; $25 for a motorcycle; or $15 for each visitor 16 years and older entering by foot, bicycle, ski, etc. At this time, people visiting both parks can save money by purchasing a two-park pass. The prices will be: $50 for a private, noncommercial vehicle; $40 for a motorcycle; or $20 for each visitor 16 years and older entering by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.

Commercial Visitors

Commercial bus tours are subject to a separate fee schedule based upon the seating capacity of the bus. These fees will remain the same until June 1, 2016 when a separate fee will be charged for each park.


Seating Capacity Fee
Sedan 1-6 passengers $25, plus $12 a person ($15 a person effective June 1)
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
fee)

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 ($15 effective June 1) for each person on board. Examples of non-commercial groups include church groups and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Exceptions

  • 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.
  • National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other bona fide national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver for park entrance fees, provided that the visit is for educational credit or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities the group proposes to use support those purposes. Learn More about Academic Fee Waivers...

Free Entrance Days

In 2015, entrance fees will be waived on:

  • January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • February 14-16 (Washington's Birthday/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)
 

Passes

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Annual Pass

The $50 park annual pass ($60 effective June 1) 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.

 

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