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Plan Your Visit People visit Yellowstone and discover an amazing variety of experiences and destinations. We hope you'll have fun, make lifelong memories, and enjoy this special place.
Top Things To Know 1. Pack your patience: hundreds of thousands of people visit Yellowstone during the months of June, July, and August (/yell/planyourvisit/summer.htm). It's also a big place: traffic and road construction (/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm) often make drive times longer than expected. 2. Practice safe selfies: do not approach animals (/yell/planyourvisit/viewanim.htm) to take pictures. 3. Early birds avoid crowds and traffic: visit the park during nonpeak hours (before 9 am and after 3 pm) and seasons (April/May, September/October). Check out our list of seasonal highlights (/yell/planyourvisit/seasonalhighlights.htm). 4. Plan ahead: campgrounds (/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm) and lodges (/yell/planyourvisit/lodging.htm) fill early, so finding a place to sleep at the last minute is unlikely. 5. Stay on boardwalks: hot springs have injured more people (/yell/planyourvisit/safety.htm) than any other natural feature (including animals). 6. Drive responsibly: observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take pictures, and let other cars pass. 7. Bears inhabit the entire park, not just the backcountry: learn how to travel safely (/yell/planyourvisit/bearsafety.htm) in bear country. 8. Cell service (/yell/planyourvisit/goodsandservices.htm) and bandwidth are limited: don't be surprised if you can't receive calls or texts. 9. Explore beyond our borders (/yell/planyourvisit/nearbyattractions.htm): the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem includes much more than the park. Plan your trip to take in the vibrant communities, public lands, and natural wonders throughout this area. 10. Download Yellowstone's app (/yell/planyourvisit/app.htm) before you arrive!
Directions & Transportation
Eating & Sleeping
All the essentials: from directions to entrance fees to hours of operation.
Learn how to get here, check the status of roads, and view park maps.
Learn more about lodging, camping, and restaurants.
Places To Go
Things To Do
Learn more about the amazing variety of destinations in Yellowstone
No matter how you like to spend your day, we’ve got you covered.
Download trip planners, park newspapers, translated materials, and more!
Prepare yourself to safely enjoy wildlife, hydrothermal areas, and other features.
General information about accessibility in Yellowstone's major areas.
Check out what’s offered in local parks, public lands, and communities.
Last updated: September 21, 2017
CONTACT THE PARK
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 Phone: (307) 344-7381
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