Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park has an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks, abundant wildlife, and home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. There are more than two million acres of wilderness for visitors to explore. The iconic spots – Old Faithful, Lower Falls and Yellowstone Lake may be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience that visitors can enjoy year-round. Checkout a few webcams of iconic Yellowstone National Park.
Lodging and Accommodations
In the summer, visitors may select from eight locations within park boundaries with hotels and/or cabins including Yellowstone's Canyon Lodge & Cabins, Grant Village, Lake Lodge Cabins, Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, and Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins. Amenities and dining options vary at each location. All park lodging is nonsmoking and rooms do not have televisions, radios, air conditioning or internet. Numerous sites are also available for tent and RV camping. The National Park Service provides resources, including videos and a trip planner, for both winter and summer backcountry excursions.
Winter in Yellowstone National Park
Winter in Yellowstone is truly a unique and intimate experience. Although most roads in the park are closed to vehicles, visitors can travel through the park in snow coaches or on snowmobiles with an authorized guide.
Visitors may cross country ski or snowshoe in the park on miles of groomed trails, partake in wildlife watching, or simply escape for a quiet and majestic retreat. In the winter, guests can stay inside the park at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Both locations have casual dining facilities, and visitor centers that are open year-round.
Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for all to enjoy. Popular activities include camping and hiking, boating, bicycling, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and guided tours.
Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 3,500 square miles in the northwest corner of Wyoming. Visitors can access two entrances to the National Park from Wyoming.
Getting Here by Car
Visitors can enter the South Entrance via State Highway 191/287 from the second Friday in May through early November (weather dependent). This entrance is open to tracked-oversnow vehicles from December 15 to March 15.
Visitors can enter the East Entrance via State Highway 20/14/16 from the first Friday in May through early November (weather dependent). This entrance is open to tracked-oversnow vehicles December 22 through March 1.
Roads inside Yellowstone National Park start to open for the summer season in late April but are not completely open until the end of May, depending on the weather. Check ahead of your visit for road openings and closures. Some roads are open to bicycles and other light traffic before they open to motorized vehicles. RVs and trailers up to 72 feet are allowed inside the park.
All gates are open 24 hours a day in the summer unless weather conditions or construction cause them to close. Visitors should allow plenty of time for driving through the park. Wildlife on or near the road can cause delays. Various bus tours are available that depart from towns around both the south and east gates.
Getting Here by Plane
Year round commercial airline service is available from Jackson, WY and Cody, WY. The Jackson airport is located in Grand Teton National park, and is the closest airline service to the South Entrance of Yellowstone. The Cody airport is the closest service to the East Entrance of Yellowstone. Rental vehicles and chartered transportation are available at both locations.
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