Take the Yellowstone Pledge

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Take care of the places that take your breath away. Take the Yellowstone Pledge!

Learn how to put the pledge into action!


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

The National Park Service works hard to protect Yellowstone and we need your help. The best way to start is by taking the Yellowstone Pledge. It’s a personal promise you make to yourself and the park. It can be taken anywhere: it doesn't need to be taken out loud or in front of anyone. Tag #YellowstonePledge and encourage others to do the same.

I pledge to protect Yellowstone National Park. I will act responsibly and safely, set a good example for others, and share my love of the park and all the things that make it special.

Top Tips to Put the Pledge into Action:

  1. Give wildlife room, use a zoom. The safest way to view wildlife is through a telephoto lens, a spotting scope, or a pair of binoculars. Park animals are wild and dangerous. Bison, bears, and elk have injured and killed people. Do not approach, encircle, follow, or feed any animal. Stay 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. Stay 25 yards (23 m) from all other animals.
  2. Follow the beaten path. In thermal areas, boardwalks take you to amazing places, protect the park, and keep you safe. People have been severely burned and killed after leaving the boardwalk or reaching into hot water. Geysers, mud pots, and hot springs are delicate. Don’t throw anything into any hydrothermal features, touch them, or change them in any way.
  3. Be bear aware. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Be alert, make noise, hike in groups, and stay on trails. If you encounter a bear, never run.
  4. Watch out for water. Use caution around rivers, lakes, and streams. They are cold and fast and people have died from hypothermia and drowning after accidentally falling into frigid water.
  5. Practice safe selfies. No picture is worth hurting yourself, others, or the park. Be aware of your surroundings whether near wildlife, thermal areas, roads, or steep cliffs.
  6. Enjoy the ride. Drive defensively and cautiously. This park has hazards on the road you aren’t used to at home (like 2,000-lb. bison). Follow speed limits and stay with your car if you’re stuck in a wildlife jam. When you want to take a photo or look around, use pullouts to avoid blocking traffic and damaging vegetation. Turn off your vehicle when stopped in a traffic line.
  7. Leave your drone at home. Drones are not allowed in Yellowstone National Park. They disturb wildlife, interfere with park operations, and bother people trying to enjoy natural sounds.
  8. Clean, Drain, Dry. Help us prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Clean, drain, and dry your watercraft and fishing gear before you come into the park or move from one body of water to another.
  9. Stash your trash. Recycle what you can and put the rest in bear-resistant trash cans so animals can’t get to it. If a can happens to be full, find another.
  10. Leave what you find. Don’t take antlers, artifacts, rocks, plants, or other objects from the park.

Thanks for putting the Pledge into action! If you see someone, in person or online, whose behavior might hurt them, others, or the park, tell a ranger. If you’re in the park, dial 911.

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


Take the Pledge in any of these languages:

做出黄石公园文明旅游的承诺 (Chinese)
Složte yellowstonský slib (Czech)
Engagez-vous pour le Yellowstone ! (French)
Versichern Sie, dass Sie im Yellowstone-Park auf Ihre Sicherheit und die Umwelt achten (German)
Percorrete il Yellowstone Pledge (Italian)
イエローストーンの誓約 (Japanese)
옐로스톤을 위한 약속을 다짐하세요. (Korean)
Asuma el compromiso de Yellowstone. (Spanish)
Дай обещание Yellowstone Pledge (Russian)


More Information

  • A person in a vest in the foreground while an elk walks in front of a vehicle.

    Protect the things you come here to enjoy.

  • A ranger and child conversing.

    Safety tips to avoid danger and have a great trip.

  • A group of photographers near Mammoth Hot Springs

    Best practices & tips for shooting in Yellowstone.


Last updated: June 14, 2021

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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