About Yellowstone National Park
Start here for basic information about the park. Learn where Yellowstone is in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions such as what to pack and how close you should get to wild animals. Are you planning a trip far in advance? Check our weather articles to learn what to expect in different seasons. And, Yellowstone is huge, so don’t forget to download a park map.
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.
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.
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