Courtney Holden

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Yellowstone bison taking a steam bath beside a geyser in winter.

Winter in Yellowstone National Park

Vacation in a winter wonderland with snowy views of steaming geysers. Tips on what to wear, what to do, wildlife to watch, and where to stay or camp in Yellowstone.

The Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance at Gardiner, Montana

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Yellowstone

Entrance to see Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and other wonders of America’s first national park comes with a small price tag.

Migrating elk at the National Elk Refuge

National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole

Take a sleigh ride and see more than 5,000 elk when they migrate to this lower elevation during the winter near Grand Teton National Park.

Google Map Error during winter and spring for Yellowstone Trip Planning

Google Mapping Errors for Yellowstone During Winter and Spring

In winter or spring when many Yellowstone roads are closed, Google maps show alternate roads outside the park, even if you are planning a summer trip.

The Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming

Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming

During dam construction, workers had staged Wyoming’s first labor strike. The project also had a role in relocating persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

Gun in Yellowstone

Can I Bring a Gun to Yellowstone?

Yes, you can carry a gun in Yellowstone. But it's illegal to fire it - even in self defense. And once you exit Yellowstone, you could be in one of three states.

A woman watching a bison from a safe distance in Yellowstone

How close can I get to wild animals in Yellowstone?

Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from other large mammals like bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes.

Yellowstone's Hayden Valley in Autumn

Autumn in Yellowstone - Everything You Need to Know

Everything you need to know about autumn weather, elk, bear, and bison activity in fall, plus seasonal closings of road and park facilities.

Yellowstone's Million Dollar Room - the office of Charles Ashworth Hamilton.

Yellowstone’s Million-Dollar Room

Inside Yellowstone's Old Faithful Basin Store is Charles A. Hamilton's old office. Nearly $2 million in canceled checks covers the walls near Old Faithful.

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs Looks Like an Inside-Out Cave

About 50 hot springs and colorful limestone terraces lie within the area of Yellowstone known as Mammoth Hot Springs. Drive to this geyser basin year-round.

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.

Yellowstone Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Food options abound in Yellowstone National Park, whether you’re looking to dress down, dress up or make something yourself.

Trumpeter swans taking off from Yellowstone Lake. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

Trumpeter Swans Bounce Back in Yellowstone Country

A record number of swans are calling southwest Wyoming their winter home, giving biologists and conservationists something to trumpet about.

Grizzly bear and cub.

Yellowstone Bear FAQs

Here are the answers to the difference between a grizzly and black bear, the odds of seeing a bear in the park, and if you should be afraid of bears.

Bison along Rose Creek in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Bison (Buffalo) FAQs

These large mammals are abundant in the park, stand 6 feet tall, and weigh over half a ton. There are typically 4,000-5,000 bison in Yellowstone.

Ascending the stairs on Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone

Uncle Tom's Trail Hike to Lower Falls in Yellowstone

This steep but wonderful trail takes you from the top of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon to the base of the 308-foot-high Lower Falls. It's strenuous going down 500 feet, but less so than in 1905 when Uncle Tom lowered you by rope.

Grey Wolf in Yellowstone in Spring

Killing Wolves Backfires

A recent study out of the scientific journal reports that killing a wolf that preys on sheep or cattle is not be the best strategy to protect the livestock.

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone's Gibbon Falls

Located on the Gibbon River, the falls drop roughly 84 feet in a gradual descent.

Trumpeter Swan by Jeff Vanuga

Idaho's Harriman State Park & Wildlife Refuge

A 16,000-acre wildlife refuge with moose, elk, sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans. Enjoy some of the nation's best fly fishing on Henry's Fork.

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Forrest Fenn's treasure box measures 10x10 and is hidden above ground.

Is Fenn's Treasure Hidden in Yellowstone?

Please don't dig or bring a metal detector into the national park. It's illegal and Fenn says it's above ground. Happy hunting!

Artists' Paintpots. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Geysers & Hot Springs look like Pastel Artists' Paintpots

At Yellowstone's Artists' Paintpots, you see pastel-colored mud and springs, bubbling and gurgling under a blanket of steam.

Emerald Spring in the Norris Back Geyser Basin. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Extreme Geysers in Yellowstone's Norris Back Basin

At the Norris Back Geyser Basin, you'll see a land of extremes... the tallest, but infrequent geyser, geysers that erupt continuously, springs that have been damaged by man, new geysers, old geysers, and exploding geysers.

Norris Porcelain Geyser Basin. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Norris Porcelain Geyser Basin's Milky Colors

Porcelain Basin is named due to the milky color of the mineral deposited here. That whitish-colored mineral is siliceous sinter, also known as geyserite.

Bear Sign in Indian Creek Campground. Photo by NPS

Storing Food and Smelly Things in Yellowstone

Sure, it’s exciting to see a bear in Yellowstone National Park. But there’s no need to see one up close. And it’s definitely no fun to have one make off with your lunch Yogi Bear style. See our list of what counts as "food" and how to store it.

Roosevelt Gate: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.

Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's North Entrance

Enter Yellowstone National Park from the north entrance and you’ll get a chance to see (and take a picture next to) the iconic Roosevelt Arch.

A Yellowstone Association guide teaching about geothermal features in the park

Yellowstone Forever Tours - Wildlife, Geysers, Photography

The park’s official nonprofit education partner, dedicating itself to educating visitors about Yellowstone and teaching them the importance of preserving this national treasure

Sifting through rock in search of Montana sapphires.

Hunt for Sapphires in Montana

Montana’s many colored sapphires, mined since 1892, are found in the famous placer gravels near Philipsburg. You can mine your own at several locations on your Yellowstone vacation.

Burrowing Owl

Owls of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park’s owl population is difficult to spot due to their nocturnal habits. However, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of these incredible birds.

Yellowstone Warming Hut

Winter Warming Huts in Yellowstone

Experience Yellowstone in its winter glory, then stop by a warming hut to grab a bite to eat, take a load of your feet and/or get away from the chill.

Bald Eagle Reflection

Bald Eagles in Yellowstone

If you’re looking to get a close-up look at America’s national symbol, Yellowstone National Park is a great place to do it. Bald eagles are often spotted soaring through the skies, especially around lakes and rivers.

River Otter at Trout Lake in Yellowstone

Yellowstone River Otters

If you’re lucky in Yellowstone National Park, you’ll get a chance to see one of the park’s most playful inhabitants: the Yellowstone river otter.

Quake Lake. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

1959 Earthquake forms Quake Lake West of Yellowstone

On Aug. 17, 1959 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated Hebgen Lake, Montana, killing 28 people and creating Quake Lake

Norris Porcelain Basin. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone's Hottest, Oldest, Tallest

Norris holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Yellowstone. It has the tallest geyser in the world, and the colors too impress with milky blues, greens, and yellows.