Frequently Asked Questions about Yellowstone National Park

Our Yellowstone Experts answers questions about falling into a geyser, seeing a bear, and booking a hotel room. Which is more fearsome? Also find answers about fees and regulations.

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A Guide to Yellowstone Fees and Regulations

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

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Can I Bring My Pet to Yellowstone?

If your dog is along for the trip, here are some tips on how to make the best of it. Read More...

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Can I Smoke in Yellowstone? How about marijuana?

Smoking is permitted only inside vehicles and designated areas. It’s forbidden in thermal and natural areas. Boom! As for possessing marijuana, it’s illegal on Federal land. Read More...

Bison on the road near Yellowstone National Park

Do I need a car to tour Yellowstone? How long does it take to drive the Loop?

During the summer season, cars are the best option for taking a trip around Yellowstone unless you are riding with a bus tour or concessionaire that provides transportation. The Grand Loop takes between 4 to 7 hours to drive in full. Read More...

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Has Anyone Ever Fallen into a Geyser?

Visitors have in the past slipped and fallen into hot springs, or were severely injured with burns from erupting geysers, but it is extremely rare. Read More...

Old Faithful at Sunset

How Can I Avoid the Crowds at Old Faithful?

Every year, Yellowstone draws in nearly three million visitors—most of them eager to see Old Faithful. The busy days of June through September. Read More...

Historic Old Faithful Inn. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

How far in advance do I need to book hotels and campgrounds?

Some seasons, securing a room at in-park hotels like the Old Faithful Inn or campgrounds can be more taxing than a day’s climb up Grand Teton. Read More...

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How many people get killed by bears? Will I be eaten by a bear?

Although both black bears and grizzlies have a fearsome reputation for scratching or mauling people to death, attacks rarely occur, and deaths are even chancer. Read More...

Bison Herd in the Road to Mammoth. Photo by NPS Neal Herbert

Is it okay to drive along side buffalo on the road?

Our city slicker impulses may be to beep the horn if one bison decides to hold everyone up. Here’s what you should do. Read More...

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Is Yellowstone Going to Blow? Exaggerated Reports of Volatility

As long as there’s been a National Park seated on a super volcano, there’s been erroneous reports of impending doom. Read More...

Grand Tetons in Autumn from Oxbow Bend

When is the Best Time to Visit Yellowstone?

Is it worth visiting in spring? Fall? Every season brings not only a new landscape to the park, but a variety of exhilarating seasonal pursuits in Yellowstone. Read More...