There’s nothing ordinary about it. It’s at once otherworldly in its dramatic, violent nature (it’s a supervolcano, after all) and as raw and pure and earthly as earth can be—a contrast that has attracted curious travelers (officially) since 1872. This high plateau of geothermal features like geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, mudpots, and travertine terraces is not just a sight to behold, but an opportunity to experience the solace and beauty of one of the planet’s wildest places—Yellowstone National Park. It’s synonymous with Old Faithful, but that icon overshadows the rest of its bubbling earth and full-spectrum hot pools, its ragged Grand Canyon, the wildlife-laden Lamar Valley, crashing waterfalls, dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests and stately timbered lodges. It's also a refuge for hundreds of animal species that are revered and honored here.
Yellowstone’s geology, diversity of ecosystems and experiences unique to each season, make it one of the country’s (and the world’s) most popular and fascinating vacation destinations. You might even call it The Great American Vacation. It’s that, and so much more. So when you’re ready, come find us. Getting here is easy. Leaving is another story.
In these pages you’ll find all the park information and resources you need for an unforgettable trip. From when to visit and what to pack to basecamps, lodging and dining...you’re on your way.
The park works with partners to safely provide visitor services such as camping, lodging, dining, retail and activities, educational programs, fuel and automotive repair shops and urgent care clinics. The park and its partners will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.
Check locally or visit www.nps.gov/yell for current information.