Starting June 1, 2015, it will cost an extra $5 to enter Yellowstone National Park by personal car. The entrance fee of $25 will raise to $30.
In addition to the price hike, nearby Grand Teton National Park will have its own separate entrance fee. The neighbor park's fee used to be bundled with Yellowstone. You can still save $10 by buying a combined park pass for $50.
According to the National Park Service, the fee increase will bring an estimated $3 million to the park each year which will be put toward needed improvements to facilities and roads. Annually, Yellowstone spends about $8.8 million on projects including...
- road overlays, patching, chipseal, drainage, and erosion control
- accessibility improvements for people with disabilities
- increased monitoring and mitigation of park resources including native fish
- restoration and aquatic invasive species mitigation
- campground upgrades
- rehabilitation of park structures
- radio and utility systems repairs
Fun Facts About Park Entrance Fees
Individuals 15 or younger don't have to pay an entrance fee. Nor do professional drivers (in most cases). So, hire a driver to take your 14th birthday party group to the park!
School groups can obtain a waiver for park entrance fee if the trip is for educational or scientific purposes.
Military can get a free annual pass for themselves and their dependents.
A senior national park lifetime pass for age 62 and older is still only $10.
Free Entrance Days
Each year the National Park Service waves its fees on eight days during the year. Check our calendar for dates.
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