Life Beneath a Frozen Crust

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. While snow and ice cover the landscape, life continues to thrive in the hot waters of the park and under the sheltering snow.

 
 
Bison walk single-file on a path through snow.

Winter Ecology

Winter in Yellowstone is a place of magic and vulnerability.

A deep, blue and green hot spring.

Hydrothermal Features

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

 

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.

 
People walk along a boardwalk that goes through the a bare landscape covered in parts by water.

Things To Do

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

View from the top of a building shows visitors standing in a wide arc around a steaming geyser.

Webcams

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

A car drives along on a winding road during a foggy morning.

Park Roads

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

Snow blankets rolling hills and conifer trees grow along the ridges.

Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

A skier enjoys a winter sunrise at near a steaming geyser.

Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

 

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.

 
A small, gray vole amongst yellow grass and dried leaves.

Montane Vole

Perhaps the most important prey species in the park.

A lynx along a snowy river bank.

Canada Lynx

Lynx are one of three cat species found in Yellowstone.

A herd of bison grazing through a snowy hillside.

Get Wild: Yellowstone Survivor

Check out some of the amazing skills or adaptations animals have for surviving in Yellowstone National Park.

Brown-colored snowshoe hare sitting in a patch of grass and rocks.

Snowshoe Hare

Common hare found in the park.

People watch from a distance as a geyser erupts steam and water high into the air.

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser is perhaps the most famous geyser in the world, known for its regularity of eruptions.

 

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.

 
Snowmobilers stop to take photos of Electric Peak at a Swan Lake Flats pull-out.

Winter Use Management

The final Rule authorizing oversnow-vehicle use in Yellowstone was published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2013.

Snowmobile rider taking photo

Snowmobile Access Program

Learn about our non-commercially guided snowmobile program.

A person plugs a long charging cord into an electric car.

Sustainability

Discover all the ways the National Park Service is striving to be a sustainable steward of Yellowstone National Park.

Last updated: November 29, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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