Where the Wildlife Roam

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers, with nearly 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, five species of amphibians, six species of reptiles, and 67 species of mammals roaming the park.

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Wildlife Watching

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

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Take the Yellowstone Pledge

Take the pledge. Tell a friend. Protect the park.


Preserve Yellowstone

The National Park Service works to preserve Yellowstone for the enjoyment. education, and inspiration of all people. We are not alone in this endeavor-park partners, volunteers, and visitors all help. Learn how to get involved.

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Bear Spray

Read about this highly effective bear deterrent.

Angler fishing in Yellowstone


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

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Clean, Drain, Dry

Protect park waters by preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.


Visit Yellowstone

An amazing experience awaits you here. Yellowstone is a seasonal park, so plan your visit by learning about the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, lodging and eating options, and available activities.

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Things To Do

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

Old Faithful Geyser


Watch Old Faithful erupt or see the Upper Geyser Basin, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Lake, and some of the park entrances.

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Plan a night in one of our twelve campgrounds.

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Backcountry Safety

Best practices for exploring the backcountry.

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Digital Guide to Yellowstone

Geyser predictions, interactive maps, self-guided tours, current conditions, and more. Download the official, free app today!


Understand Yellowstone

Yellowstone is as wondrous as it is complex. The park is at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where nature and culture abound. Here are just a few highlights for you to learn about the park.

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Kids: Wildlife

Wildlife is all around us and sometimes in unexpected places! Remember, all animals in Yellowstone are wild and can be dangerous.

A deep, blue and green hot spring.

Hydrothermal Features

Learn about hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.

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The Earliest Humans in Yellowstone

Human occupation of this area seems to follow environmental changes of the last 15,000 years.

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Yellowstone Science

Yellowstone Science shares in-depth, science-based knowledge about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Yellowstone Sand Verbena

This shrubby community is found in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park.

Last updated: May 31, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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