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Yellowstone N.P.
Travel Planning
Yellowstone N.P.

Yellowstone National Park at a Glance

Yellowstone National Park is often considered America's most iconic national park, and it was the first area of land to be designated as such.

Join the crowds to watch Old Faithful spout scalding water into the air, snap photos of the ornately colorful mineral deposits, stand at the edge of Yellowstone Lake and gaze at the roaming elk, bears, moose and wolves. No matter what you decide to do in Yellowstone, you'll feel closer to nature.

The best way to see the beauty of Yellowstone is to drive one of its many roadways through the park. Be prepared for traffic during the summer and snowy roads during the winter. Various hikes and trails will get you far off the beaten path and closer to the enchanting wildflowers, bubbling water and curious animals of the park.

What to Expect
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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
      • Major Airport Billings-Logan International Airport
      • Regional Airport Yellowstone Regional Airport
      • Regional Airport Jackson Hole Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      7,230 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      131 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Yellowstone National Park has snowy winters and hot summers. Keep from getting hypothermia or getting overheated by dressing for the weather and bringing along layers.

      Safety Concerns Yellowstone is a low crime area, but with millions of visitors, crimes to occur. Protect your valuables and avoid leaving belongings unattended. When traveling in remote areas, stay with your group and practice good bear safety techniques.

      Health Concerns Injuries can be difficult for hikers in the back country with limited cell phone service. Stay with your group and be cautious. Back country hikers should also purify their water. No matter where they are, visitors should have good footwear and protect themselves from the sun and from the heat.