Visitor Services

Accessibility Many park facilities and major areas of interest, such as Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon, Grant Village, Madison and Norris, have been judged to be negotiable by wheelchair users without assistance. These areas are described in the pamphlet, Visitors Guide to Accessible Features in Yellowstone National Park.[PDF]  The guide provides information about wheelchair availability,… Read More »

Visitor Safety

While Yellowstone is a stunning place to visit, you have to be careful.  Yellowstone is not a zoo – the animals are wild and unpredictable and are not fenced in.  A slow, lumbering, wild bison looks as though it can’t move very fast, but they are quite agile when they need to be, as is… Read More »

Tourist Activities

UNDER DEVELOPMENT – Some details are pending announcements from vendors. In addition to driving around the park, exploring thermal areas, watching the wildlife, and viewing the scenery, there are several organized activities for park visitors to engage in. Ranger-Led Programs Coming soon for the 2010 Summer Season. Horseback Rides There are three stables in the park… Read More »

Suggested Itineraries

These are suggested tours – recommendations only.  Obviously you should construct the specific route you take based on what interests you.  These are itineraries I’d recommend to people who’d never been to Yellowstone before. SINGLE DAY ITINERARY Option A:  This option is for those who wish to see as much as they can without investing… Read More »

Ranger-Led Activities

National Park Service rangers offer a variety of programs through the summer and winter  months in Yellowstone.  These programs are offered at a variety of locations throughout the park.  Specific programs offered each season are based on ranger availability (which is contingent upon funding, of course). Summer Programs Winter Programs SUMMER PROGRAMS The following are… Read More »

Admission, Dates, Hours, Etc.

Access Fees$25 for a non-commercial vehicle $20 for a motorcycle or snowmobile $50 Annual Pass allows you to access the parks (YNP & GTNP) for one full calendar year after issuance without having to pay additional fees.  You can buy the pass at the entrance station. $80 Interagency Pass affords the holder access to all federal “fee”… Read More »

In-Park Lodging

There are nine lodging facilities spread throughout Yellowstone, with accommodations ranging from austere to luxurious.  None of the rooms have air conditioning, television or Internet access (though this may change soon for hotels and lodges other than the Old Faithful Inn and Lake Hotel).  Most rooms do not have telephones, with the occasional exception as… Read More »

Junior Ranger Program

Yellowstone National Park has an official Junior Ranger Program open to children ages 5 – 12. The goal of the program is to introduce children to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and their role in preserving them for the future. To become a Junior Ranger, families pay a $3 fee for the 12-page activity paper, Yellowstone’s… Read More »

Fishing & Hunting

Fishing Regulations Fishing season begins in the Park on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (usually the last weekend in May) and extends through the first Sunday in November.  Some areas do not open for fishing until the middle of June or July, and other areas may be closed from time to time due to… Read More »

Directions/Getting to the Park

Roads to Yellowstone The North Entrance is the only entrance that is open all year.  The road from Gardiner to Cooke City (via Mammoth to Tower Junction to the Northeast Entrance) is open to automobiles all winter, but you have to drive back to get out.  All other roads and entrances close to wheeled vehicles… Read More »