Where is Yellowstone National Park?

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Map Location of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is in the northwest region of the United States.

The park covers 3,472 square miles. Even though the official address is to the state of Wyoming, Yellowstone is actually in three states. The majority Yellowstone (96%) is in Wyoming. A small section of the park (3%) to the north and northwest is in Montana. And a small section of the park (1%) to the west is in Idaho.

Yellowstone Road Map

Yellowstone has five entrances: north, northeast, east, south, and west. The park is enormous, which is why it’s a good idea to figure out what you want to see and know which entrance is closest to those sights. 

Choose your park portal by reading Which Entrance to Yellowstone National Park Should I Take?

Yellowstone has eight developed visitor areas with visitor centers, lodging, and museums. These include: Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Canyon Village, Fishing Bridge, West Thumb, Grant Village, Old Faithful, and Madison. Undeveloped, wild areas include Lamar and Hayden valleys. Both are wildlife-watching havens.

Other national parks are within a day or two drive from Yellowstone. Many people do road-trip vacations that include multiple parks. The most popular are Yellowstone plus Grand Teton National Park (Yellowstone's neighbor to the south), Yellowstone plus Glacier National Park (a day's drive to the north), and Yellowstone plus Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Devils Tower National Monument (one-to-two day's drive to the east).

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

Which Entrance to Yellowstone National Park Should I Take?

There are five Yellowstone park entrances in three states, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, allowing easy access to this vast park.

Old Faithful Visitor Center

Visitor Centers & Museums in Yellowstone National Park

There are eight main visitor centers, seven of which are inside Yellowstone. The eighth is in West Yellowstone, Montana near the West Entrance.

Hiker using her cell phone GPS in Yellowstone

Do Cell Phones Work in Yellowstone? Is There WiFi?

Cell phone service is available in over 50 percent of the park. WiFi is available for purchase at the Mammoth Dining Lounge, Lake Hotel, and Grant Village.

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.

Yellowstone map

Official Yellowstone National Park Map PDF

This map is an essential tool to planning a vacation. Note the route of the Grand Loop Road and the attractions of the park before you decide where to stay.

Roasting marshmallows at a Yellowstone campsite at Lewis Lake

Where Should I Camp in Yellowstone National Park?

Personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to a slice of RV heaven.

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.

Johnny Sack Cabin at Big Springs, Idaho

Island Park, Yellowstone's Quiet Western Satellite town

A 36.8-mile Main Street (the world's longest) and a 23-mile diameter caldera (the world's largest) is Island Park's claim to fame.

Man at Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park

What to Pack for Your Yellowstone Vacation

What to take to Yellowstone with half the world's geysers, tons of wildlife, and hundreds of places to explore? Here are the top 16 essentials.