Safe Travels! Tips for Navigating Safely Through Yellowstone Country

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It's an interesting time to be traveling. Along with all the standard safety precautions for exploring Montana's wildernesses, we have COVID-19 to be careful about. That said, we thought it would be a good reminder to compile some of the overarching recommendations for staying safe as you travel through Yellowstone Country!

Keep Your Distance from Wildlife

We can't stress this enough. Already this year, several people got too close and were injured. These animals may SEEM docile, but they are truly wild and will become agitated if you approach them. It's recommended you stay 100 yards from bears and wolves and 25 yards from everything else. If you're hiking, always carry bear spray and know how to use it. These precautions don't just apply to Yellowstone National Park; wildlife is abundant throughout the region.

Stay Hydrated

When you're having fun, it's easy to forget that the sun and activities can be dehydrating. If you're visiting from a lower altitude, you'll need some time to adjust to the higher elevations. Staying hydrated is key to helping avoid altitude sickness.

Wear Sunscreen, Lip Protection, and a Hat

The sun is more intense at higher elevations. It may FEEL cooler, but that's deceptive, those UV rays catch up to you quickly.

Pack Layers

The weather changes rapidly in Montana; it can go from hot and dry to cold and snowy within hours (and back to hot again!). Be sure to carry rain gear, proper shoes, and a fleece or other warm layer.

Be Aware of Limited Services

Montana is a big state, and it some areas it can be miles between services. Top off your gas tank when you're in the bigger towns. Pack snacks and drinks and download any maps you may need beforehand. Cell service can be spotty in some areas, so don't rely on your GPS. Yellowstone National Park has limited facilities. Dining is grab-and-go, and not all visitor's centers are open.


Please be mindful of the communities you are visiting. We're still not out of the woods with this virus, and the people who live and work here are seeing a lot of people visiting from out of state. Please respect businesses' wishes regarding safety precautions. Social distancing, diligent handwashing and wearing a face cover in crowded public places is critical. Carrying hand sanitizer is a good idea when you may not have access to soap and water.


Some areas are still holding events such as fireworks and parades, where social distancing is possible. Please be aware of staying six feet from those who aren't part of your immediate group. There's plenty of elbow room in these parts!

Know Before You Go

Know the public health guidelines before arriving at your destination. Stay home if you are sick. Understand that some services and destinations may be limited.