Permits & Reservations

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For campground and lodge reservations, contact Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Make your reservations early as lodge rooms and campsites can fill months in advance. Reservations are not needed to enter the park.

Girl roasting marshmallow over an open fire.

Camp in a Campground

Plan a night in one of twelve park campgrounds.

A large, A-frame-style log lodge rises above surrounding conifer trees.

Stay in a Lodge

Pick a lodge that's right for you and make a reservation early!


Recreational Permits

Angler fishing in Yellowstone during a golden morning.

Catch a Fish

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

Canoer paddles on Yellowstone Lake


Take in the view from the water.

Hikers crossing a creek via a cable suspension bridge.

Camp in the Backcountry

Enjoy the solitude of more than 300 backcountry campsites.

Horseback riders in Yellowstone

Ride a Horse

Bring your own stock or take a guided ride.


Other Permits and Authorizations

Sign stating that people in the area and expressing their own opinions.

Assembly and First Amendment Activities

Certain types of activities require a special use permit.

The grey stone chapel at Mammoth Hot Springs surrounded by green grass.

Weddings and Other Ceremonies

Weddings and other ceremonies may be permitted in certain areas of Yellowstone depending on location, group size, and time of day or year.

Black and white photograph of low-lying clouds and distant mountain peaks.

Ash Scattering

Review these regulations if you would like to scatter the remains of your loved one within the park.

A videographer looks through his viewfinder of the video camera to frame a scene.

Film, Photography, and Sound Recording

A permit is required for commercial filming, photography, and audio recording.

Researcher working with a pipette in the lab.

Scientific Research

Most types of research done in the park are subject to the park's research permitting policy and require a permit.

A wrecker hauls a broken down vehicle along a park road.

Commercial Travel

A commercial travel permit allows individuals traveling for business to pass through the park.

Three lines of snowmobiles wait for their drivers to return.

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)

The National Park Service requires specific authorizations for commercial businesses to operate in national parks.

Last updated: October 9, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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