Yellowstone is in the Northwest Region of the United States
Yellowstone National Park covers 3,472 square miles. Even though the official address is to the state of Wyoming, Yellowstone is actually in three states. The majority of the Park (96%) is in Wyoming. A small section of the Park (3%) to the north and northwest is in Montana. And a small section of the Park (1%) to the west is in Idaho.
Gateway Towns to Yellowstone National Park
Towns nearest Yellowstone’s five entrances include West Yellowstone, Montana; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Cody, Wyoming; Cooke City, Montana; Gardiner, Montana; Livingston, Montana; and Island Park, Idaho. Each town has its own character and history. These nearby towns offer convenient lodging, camping, activities, and attractions.
Yellowstone Seasonal Access
All five entrances, facilities, and roads (barring road construction) are open during the summer vacation season. Parts of the national park are closed to wheeled vehicles during the winter (November through early May). Many facilities also have seasonal opening and closing dates. Several times a year, all national parks have free days. Otherwise, entry fees apply. Please check Yellowstone’s regulations before entering the park.
Yellowstone is enormous, which is why it’s a good idea to figure out what you want to see and know which entrance is closest to those sights. Choose your park portal by reading Which Entrance to Yellowstone National Park Should I Take?
Getting Around Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone’s main roads are the five entrance roads and the Grand Loop road. On the Loop, you’ll find many visitor centers, museums, boardwalks, and scenic side roads. All major roads are accessible by RVs and other large vehicles, but most side roads are not. Yellowstone has no shuttle bus service. To travel around Yellowstone, you’ll need a car, motorcycle, bike, or tour transportation.
Yellowstone has eight main visitor areas with visitor centers, lodging, and museums. These include: Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Canyon Village, Fishing Bridge, West Thumb, Grant Village, Old Faithful, and Madison.