Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone Park Access and Entrances

There are five Yellowstone park entrances in three states, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, allowing easy access to this vast park. Find out about road closures, entrance fees, and transportation options in and around the park.

Yellowstone Regional Airport Cody WY

Airports & Bus Transportation near Yellowstone

By car, by bus or by plane, Yellowstone National Park is easily accessible. Yellowstone Regional Airport is located in Cody, Wyoming and provides year-round access to the park. Public transportation is also available through the START bus line. Read More...


Free National Park Days

The National Park Service has announced its free national park days for 2014. All park entry fees are waived. Read More...

Spring bicycling from West Yellowstone in April

Spring in Yellowstone

Visit Yellowstone during its warming-up season—spring—to explore the park when both the heat and crowds are at bay. Here are the entrance, road, camping, & facilities opening dates for 2014. Read More...


Yellowstone Fees and Regulations

All the information you need for your Yellowstone vacation from boating and fishing to camping, bicycling, and more. Read More...

Yellowstone Old Faithful Inn

Yellowstone National Park Opening and Closing Dates

Opening and closing dates of seasonal lodges, campgrounds, and other facilities in Yellowstone National Park Read More...

Bison walking through deep snow near Tower Junction in March. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco.

Yellowstone Road Access in Winter

During the winter, the only roads that are open to wheeled traffic are from the North Entrance at Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance to Cooke City. Since the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Scenic Highway outside Cooke City also close for the winter season, the only way to Cooke City is through the north Park road. Read More...

East Entrance

The East Entrance to Yellowstone is in Wyoming, and is located 56 miles West of Cody, Wyoming. Enter Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance by traveling Wy. Highway 14/16/20.

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South Entrance

The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming and is accessed via Highways 191/89/287 North. Note that Grand Teton National Park, a 26-mile-long national park, is situated just two miles south of Yellowstone Park. (Entrance fees paid to enter Grand Teton National Park are effective for entry into Yellowstone National Park as well.)

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West Entrance

The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is in Montana and is accessed by Highways 287, 87 or 20. West Yellowstone, Montana, is the nearest town to the park’s West Entrance, located just a half-mile west of the West Entrance.

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North Entrance

Enter Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance, in Montana, via Gardiner, Highway 89. The small town of Gardiner, Mont., marks the North Entrance of Yellowstone.

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Northeast Entrance

Enter Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance, in Montana, via Highways 212 or 291. Cooke City, Mont., is located approximately 2 miles from the Northeast Entrance.

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Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking!

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Ride a Horse

No other activity fulfills the Western dream for families visiting this region like a horseback ride. Read More...

7. Go Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Yellowstone region is by spending a night or more under the stars. Read More...

8. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

9. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

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