Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone Fees and Regulations

Yellowstone National Park Information Phone Number  (307) 344-7381

Visitor Information for the Hearing Impaired (TDD) – call 307-344-2386
Yellowstone Park’s official website:

Yellowstone Entrance Fees

Private, Non-commercial Vehicle: $20 – 7 Days, or $40 – Annual
Individual – hike, bicycle, etc.: $10 – 7 Days, or $40 – Annual;
Motorcycle: $15 – 7 Days, or $40 – Annual;
Commercial Sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity: $25 + $10 per person – 7 Days;
Commercial Van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity: $125 – 7 Days;
Commercial Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity: $200 – 7 Days;
Commercial Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity: $300 – 7 Days.

Entrance fees do not include Yellowstone camping fees.

Lodging & Camping Inside Yellowstone

If you wish to stay inside the Park on vacation, Yellowstone National Park’s hotel concessionaire (Yellowstone National Park Lodges) should be contacted at 307-344-7311 or 307-344-5395. All requests for Yellowstone lodging and camping are handled through this office.

Camping: Yellowstone National Park Lodges which operates 12  Yellowstone campgrounds (14-day maximum). Fees for each range from $10-$27. Reservations are accepted at the Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV, Grant Village and Madison campgrounds or by calling 307-344-7311 or 307-344-5395. Grand Teton National Park operates five campgrounds. The fee is $12 per night per site. Jenny Lake Campground is open to tents only (7-day maximum). Other campgrounds will accommodate tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (14-day maximum). Campgrounds are operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted inside Grand Teton Park.

Backcountry Use Permits A backcountry use permit is required for those who wish to visit this area during their stay at Yellowstone. Camping permits in the backcountry of either Yellowstone or Grand Teton national park are free unless a reservation is made and then the cost is $20. (Reservations in Yellowstone are accepted after April 1 of each year, in person or by mail. In Grand Teton Park, a faxed request is also accepted and reservations are accepted from January 1 to May 15.)

Once the money and request are received, you’ll be sent a confirmation notice, with instructions for picking up your permit. For Yellowstone camping, get a backcountry “trip-planning” worksheet by calling 307-344-2160 or write: Backcountry Office, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190. To request a reservation for the backcountry in Grand Teton Park, write: Grand Teton National Park, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012 or fax 307-739-3438. Reservations may be made at the Moose Visitor Center. Phone reservations are not accepted. For more information, call 307-739-3309 or 307-739-3397.

Yellowstone Regulations

Bicycling is permitted only on established public roads, parking areas and designated routes, so feel free to bring bikes on your Yellowstone vacation. However, keep in mind that bicycles are prohibited on boardwalks and backcountry trails.

Boaters must have a Coast Guard-approved “wearable” flotation device for each person boating. Be sure to obtain a boating permit before you take to the water.  Yellowstone Park: A 10-day motorized boat permit costs $10; an annual permit is $20. Non-motorized boat permits cost $5 for 7 days or $10 for the season. Grand Teton Park: A 7-day motorized boat permit costs $10; an annual permit is $20. Non-motorized boat permits cost $5 for seven days or $10 for an annual permit.

Fishing Permits: Want to catch your own dinner during your Yellowstone camping or vacation experience? Fishing is allowed with a permit. Fishing tackle must be non-toxic. Lead split-shot sinkers, soft lead-weighted ribbon for nymph fishing and other toxic tackle are not allowed. Yellowstone Park: Special permit required. $15 for a 3-day pass; $20 for seven days, or $35 for a season permit. Purchase at a ranger station, visitor center or at any Yellowstone General Store. Grand Teton Park and Rockefeller Memorial Parkway: a Wyoming fishing license is required, which can be purchased at Moose Village Store, Signal Mountain Lodge, Colter Bay Marina and Flagg Ranch Village.

Pets are allowed to come with the family on your vacation to Yellowstone National Park; however, certain restrictions (for their own safety) are in place. Whether in a Yellowstone camping area or just exploring the park, pets must be leashed and are prohibited from trails, in the backcountry and in thermal basins. Pets are not allowed more than 100 feet from a road or parking area. Leaving a pet unattended or tied to an object is prohibited. In Grand Teton Park, pets are also not allowed in boats on the Snake River, or on lakes other than Jackson Lake.

Calling to attract wildlife – bugling to elk, howling to wolves, etc. – is illegal.

Disturbing park features – possessing, collecting, removing, defacing or destroying any natural or archaeological objects or plants, animals or minerals – is prohibited.

Feeding Yellowstone wildlife is against the law.

Fires are permitted only in designated Yellowstone camping areas, in picnic areas with fire grates and in some backcountry campsites. Any dead-and-down material may be used as firewood, but chainsaws are prohibited. Thoroughly extinguish all fires.

Food must be attended to while not in storage, and must be stored properly. Never leave food outside your vehicle or in Yellowstone camping areas when you’re away or sleeping, as it may very well attract unwelcome visitors.

Littering is illegal throughout the Park and in Yellowstone camping areas.

Motorcycles, motor scooters and motorbikes are not allowed off-road or on trails. Operators must have a valid driver’s license and vehicles must display valid state license plates.

Climbing is a great adventure to include during your Yellowstone vacation. Climbing is allowed in only a few areas of Yellowstone Park however it is illegal in the Grand Canyon area of Yellowstone. Contact the backcountry office in Yellowstone for more information. For climbing information in Grand Teton National Park, stop in at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station, staffed by climbing rangers during peak season who can advise on weather and route information.

The North Entrance road to Upper Mammoth Terrace and Mammoth to Tower Junction and to the Northeast Entrance will remain open to wheeled vehicles year-round. Snow tires and/or chains may be required.

Please Note: The section of the Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), between the junction of Highway 296 and Red Lodge, Montana, closes in winter on a schedule determined by the amount of snowfall. Travel between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance is not possible on Highway 212 until it opens again in the spring.

Please refer to the Opening and Closing Dates for Facilities, at, and Road Construction Schedule, at, for information regarding closures not related to the weather.

Seat Belts must be worn by all people driving or riding in vehicles.

Slow-moving vehicles must pull over to let others pass. Never stop or pause in the middle of the road. Use pullouts!

Speed limit is 45 m.p.h.

Spotlighting – viewing animals with an artificial light – is illegal. Flashlights kept in your car or at your Yellowstone camping site should not be used for viewing wildlife.

Weapons and firearms, including state-permitted concealed weapons, are not allowed in Yellowstone. Unloaded firearms may be transported in a vehicle when the weapon is cased, broken down or rendered inoperable, and kept out of sight. Ammunition must be placed in a separate compartment of the vehicle.

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