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10 Best Things to Do in Yellowstone and Beyond

Here's your bucket list to visiting America's first national park.


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Itineraries

Wildlife

Geysers

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic.

Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin

Old Faithful may be more famous, but the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone. That's because of its crazy-bright colors and enormous size.

Hiking Trails

Natural Wonders

The Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park

Did You Know There is a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone?

Giant waterfalls pierce the Yellowstone River while pastel colors mark the locationsĀ of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls.

Road Trips

Maps

Neighbor Parks

Gateway Towns

Milky Way over the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's North Entrance

Which Entrance to Yellowstone National Park Should I Take?

Planning a vacation to Yellowstone involves many details, one of which is deciding how you will enter the park.

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Is Yellowstone Open? Flood Updates

Get updated on which areas of Yellowstone are open after the June 2022 flood.

Following flood damage which closed the park on June 13, 2022, Yellowstone reopened 93% of roadways by July 2. The three southern-most entrances plus both loops of the Grand Loop Road are open. The north and northeast entrances, plus Lamar Valley on the northeast entrance road are currently closed to passenger vehicle traffic but park officials announced that they expect these roads to be passable by October, 15, 2022.

(Photo: National Park Service)

Open entrances include the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, the South Entrance near Jackson/Grand Teton National Park, and the East Entrance near Cody. The north and northeast entrances of the park are expected to be passable by October 15, 2022. Currently, road construction has progressed to a point where the park is allowing visitors to hike or walk on the northern entry roads through the closed entrances for recreation.

Prior to October, 15, tour operators have vehicle access to the park through the North Entrance via Old Gardiner Road, which runs parallel to the damaged park road. Contact guided tour providers in the area to see which ones are operating through the North Entrance. Visitors wanting to tour the Tower Junction to Slough Creek road corridor on the Northeast Entrance road, can book a day-use ticket at Recreation.gov for daytime use. Reserve one of two 4-hour time windows per day. Only visitors with a printed paper ticket will only be able to enter this road corridor from Tower Junction to hike, fish and watch wildlife.

Although the north and northeast entrances are closed, the gateway towns of Gardiner (accessible via Hwy. 89 with no detours) and Silver Gate/Cooke City (accessible via Hwy. 296/Chief Joseph Highway from Cody and also via the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge) are open and welcoming visitors. These towns are hubs for wildlife-watching and are teaming with outfitters for rafting, fishing, ziplining and horseback riding. Park staff are working with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to further expand park access where possible.

The seasonal Beartooth Highway adjacent to Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance fully opened on July 22, 2022. Find more information about construction on the Beartooth on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beartoothhighway/