Plan Your Visit

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Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan Your Visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.


Millions of people visit Yellowstone annually to make lifelong memories of watching erupting geysers, roaming wildlife, and the artistry of thermophiles. There are some important considerations to make this a successful visit.

Top Things To Know

1. Most Park Camping and Lodging is Reserved and Full

No camping or overnight vehicle parking is allowed in pullouts, parking areas, picnic grounds, or any place other than a designated campground. If you don’t have a reservation, the nearest campsite or hotel room may be hours away.

2. Fire Danger

The park is very dry and just a spark could ignite a wildfire. Be responsible with fire this season.

3. Expect Crowding, Traffic, and Delays

Millions of people visit Yellowstone in summer. Traffic, wildlife along and on roads, and road construction often make drive times longer than expected. Parking areas may be congested.

4. Drive and Park Responsibly

Observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take pictures, and let other cars pass. Do not stop your vehicle in the road. When pulling over, be sure to park with all four tires fully to the right of the white line.

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6. Wildlife are Dangerous

People have been injured or killed by bears, bison, and elk. Always maintain a minimum of 25 yards (23 m) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. Learn how to watch wildlife safety and travel safely in bear country.

Stay 25 yards from bison, elk, and other wildlife, and 100 yards from wolves and bears.

7. Stay on Boardwalks

People have been severely injured or killed by breaking through the thin ground in thermal basins or falling into hot springs.

8. Protect Yourself and Others

Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Yellowstone National Park, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels, are required to wear a mask indoors, on all forms of public transportation, and in crowded outdoor spaces.

9. Enhance Your Experience

Download the free NPS Yellowstone or National Park Service app (and offline content) before you arrive.

10. Connectivity is Limited

Don't be surprised if you can't receive calls or texts, even in the few areas you have cell reception.

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Basic Information

Get all the essential information here, from directions to entrance fees to hours of operation.

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Directions & Transportation

Learn how to get here, check the status of roads, and view park maps.

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Eating & Sleeping

Learn about places to stay and eat in the park.

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Things To Do

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

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Places To Go

Learn more about the amazing variety of destinations in Yellowstone.

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Activities with pets are very limited in Yellowstone.

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Prepare yourself to safely enjoy wildlife, hydrothermal areas, and other features.

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Peruse information about accessibility in Yellowstone's major areas.

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Nearby Attractions

Check out what’s offered in local parks, public lands, and communities.

Last updated: August 17, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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