Whenever the words National Park are uttered, a lot of thoughts come to mind, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Grand Canyon, and of course Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is very famous and for good reason, it was actually the very first National Park to be established the United States. It is home to many different species of wildlife, and hosts one of the earth’s only lasting natural ecosystems.
In addition to Yellowstone National Parks massive history and beauty, it is also a massive park in size. This is the only National Park to span across three states, and one of only two to span across multiple states in general, with the other being the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. Yellowstone can refer to home as either Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho.
When can I visit Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone is open all year long, 24 hours a day to anyone with a visitor pass. However, there are often closures of different buildings or roads on the park grounds, so guests are encouraged to inquire about any closures prior to visiting Yellowstone, just in case certain desired activities are not available.
Yellowstone National Park Visitor Centers
The Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs is open year round, however the hours will change throughout the year. From October 1st – May 24th the center is open from 9 AM – 5 PM, and from May 25th – September 30th the center is open from 8 AM – 7 PM. There is an information booth, bookstore, gift shop, and several different exhibits about the park located at this visitor center.
Canyon Visitor Education Center is open from May 25th until October 14th with varying hours throughout those months. From May 25th to September 2nd it will open at 8 AM and close at 8 PM, from September 3rd to September 30th it will open at 8 AM and close at 6 PM, and from October 1st to October 14th it will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.
How much does it cost to visit Yellowstone National Park?
Admittance to Yellowstone National Park is granted via purchase of a seven day guest pass. The price for this pass is $25 for those travelling in a non-commercial vehicle, this pass grants access to all passengers of the vehicle. Those travelling on either a motorcycle or snowmobile can purchase an entrance pass for $20. People travelling on either a bicycle or by foot can purchase an individual pass for $12.
Annual passes can be purchased for $50, this allows for the purchaser of the pass to bring a non-commercial vehicle and access the park with all passengers. Also, every pass at Yellowstone is also valid at Grand Teton National Park and vice versa, giving a lot more value for the pass than most parks.
Camping at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park offers more camping areas than any other park in the country, with 12 different campgrounds throughout the park. Five of these campgrounds are owned and operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, and the other seven are owned and operated by the National Park Service. However, in the five Xanterra grounds there are over 1,700 camping sites, and just 450 sites in the NPS grounds.
Fees for camping vary depending on the campground, they can be anywhere from $15 per night at places like Tower Fall or Pebble creek, to $25.50 per night at Grant Village which offers the most luxuries. Reservations are only accepted at Madison, Fishing Bridge RV, Bridge Bay, Canyon, and Grant Village, all other sites are first come first served.