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    Yellowstone National Park Visitors Guide

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    This Page is published in the hopes of providing info to help you plan your Yellowstone trip

    How to Plan Your Trip

    Most visitors spend their time driving the loops and miss a lot of what Yellowstone has to offer if they would just take a minute and take a short walk or stop to view the scenery. I recommend that you pick an area of the park and then go to that area and make a day of it. Go and see all that is in the area and enjoy it. You spend more quality time and learn and see more than you could ever imagine. This also eliminates, as much as possible, fighting traffic on the loops.


    
    

    Entrance Fees

    Both parks means Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks - Keep Your Receipt! These Prices Change. Be sure to contact The National Park Service for current fee information

    Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 25.00 (valid for 7 days in both parks)
    Motorcycle, Snowmobile (Individual) $ 20.00 (valid for 7 days in both parks)
    Single Entry (foot, bike, ski, etc.) $ 12.00 (valid for 7 days in both parks)
    Annual Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 50.00 (valid in both parks)
    America the Beautiful Pass--Annual Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 80.00 (valid for admission to all public lands that require admission fee)
    America the Beautiful Pass--Senior Pass (one-time purchase) $ 10.00 (valid in all Natl Parks & Fed Rec Areas)
    America the Beautiful Pass--Access Pass (blind or permanently disabled) Free (Lifetime - valid in all Natl Parks)
    America the Beautiful Pass--Volunteer Pass Free for volunteers who log more than 500 hours on a cumulative basis. Good for a year from the date of award

    National Parks Pass

    The National Parks Pass is an annual pass that provides admission to any national park charging an entrance fee. The Pass costs $ 50.00 and is valid for 12 months (ending the last day of the purchase month, one year later). More than 80% of the proceeds from the sales of National Park Passes go directly into supporting priority projects in national parks.

    Where a "Per Vehicle" entrance fee is charged, the Pass admits the Pass signee and accompanying passengers in a single, private*, non-commercial vehicle. Where a "Per Person" entrance fee is charged, the Pass admits the Pass signee, spouse, children and parents. The Pass is nontransferable and does not cover or reduce use fees such as charges for camping, parking, tours and concessions.

    Golden Eagle Pass

    For an additional $ 15.00, a Golden Eagle hologram may be purchased and affixed to a National Parks Pass to cover entrance fees at not only national parks, but also at sites managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The Golden Eagle holograms are available at National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management fee stations. The Golden Eagle admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Eagle admits the pass signee, spouse, children and parents. The Golden Eagle is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce use fees such as charges for camping, parking, tours, and concessions. It is valid for entrance fees only. The Golden Eagle hologram is valid until the expiration of the National Parks Pass to which it is affixed.

    Golden Age Pass

    If you are age 62 or older, you qualify for a Golden Age Pass. The Golden Age Pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. The Golden Age Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The Golden Age Pass admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Age Pass admits the pass signee, spouse, and children. This pass is for citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

    The Golden Age Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. In some cases where use fees are charged, only the pass signee will be given the 50% price reduction. The Pass is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. A Golden Age Pass must be obtained in person at a federal area where an entrance fee is charged. There is a one-time $ 10.00 processing charge to obtain the Golden Age Pass. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years of age or older. You must show proof of age, such as a state driver's license, birth certificate, or similar document.

    Golden Access Pass

    If you have a permanent disability, you may qualify for a Golden Access Pass. The Golden Access Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The Golden Access Pass admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Access Pass admits the pass signee, spouse, and children. This pass is for citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

    The Golden Access Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. In some cases where use fees are charged, only the pass signee will be given the 50% price reduction. The Pass is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. A Golden Access Pass must be obtained in person at a federal area where an entrance fee is charged. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain a Golden Access Pass by showing proof of medically determined permanent disability, or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.

    * A private vehicle is defined as any noncommercial vehicle that is being used for private recreational purposes.

    The National Parks Pass may be purchased at any National Park office or entry station.

    To purchase a pass Online, click on this Link, or to purchase via phone, call: 1-888-467-2757.

    No Reservations are needed to Enter Yellowstone!

    
    
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    Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)

    There are ATMs located in the Yellowstone General Stores in the following locations:

    Canyon
    Fishing Bridge
    Grant
    Mammoth
    Old Faithful

    These machines are operated by First InterState Bank and are:

    Cirrus / Plus Machines

    They accept: American Express, MasterCard, VISA and belong to the Cash Card Network


    Fishing Information

    Bud Lilly's Trout Shop

    Yellowstone boasts of some of the Best Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing in the United States. If you love to fish, you'll love Yellowstone! Please see the Fishing Page for opening dates, regulations and related fishing information and reports.


    Laundry - Pay - Public

    Public pay laundry facilities in the park are located at:

    Canyon and Fishing Bridge.

    Public laundry facilities are also located in the cities of:

    Gardiner and West Yellowstone.


    Lodging

    Park lodging fills early and quickly. Plan on making your reservations as soon as possible. They start taking reservations in September for the next year. If you did not make advance reservations, don't give up, call and see what is open in the park. You may have to spend a few days in different areas but you just have to take what you can get.

    Reservations can be made a year or more in advance. We normally mail our reservation in September for our June trip of next year. We are put on a list or in a file and as soon as rates are determined for next year, they mail an amount that is due to hold the reservation. Make your reservation well in advance. Park lodging is limited and books early. This applies to "all" Yellowstone lodging - camping, cabins and lodges.

    Now if you haven't made reservations, there is still a chance for you to possibly get lodging in the park. People call all the time and change or cancel their reservations. So it is always worth a call or two to check for any openings.

    For Lodging outside the park, contact:

    ClubHouse Inn Yellowstone Village Inn

  • Yellowstone Village Inn
  • Kelly Inn
  • ClubHouse Inn
  • Gray Wolf Inn and Suites
  • Stage Coach Inn
  • Silver Gate Cabins
  • West Yellowstone Reservations
  • Yellowstone Expeditions Bed & Breakfast
  • See the Lodging Page for more information.


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    Restaurants / Fast Food / Snacks / Ice Cream

    Dining facilities are available throughout Yellowstone. These facilities range from fine dining to cafeterias to snack shops. Dinner reservations are required at some of the fine dining facilities. Inquire at any lodging front desk or dining room when you arrive.

    Restaurants

    Canyon Lodge Dining Room
    Grant Village Restaurant
    Grant Village Lakehouse Restaurant
    Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room
    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room
    Old Faithful Inn Dining Room
    Old Faithful Snow Lodge Restaurant
    Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room

    Cafeterias

    Canyon Lodge Cafeteria Lake Lodge Cafeteria Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria

    Fast Food

    Canyon Snack Bar
    Canyon General Store
    Canyon Nature Store
    Fishing Bridge General Store
    Grant Village: General Store
    Lake Hotel Deli
    Lake General Store
    Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace Grill
    Old Faithful BAC
    Old Faithful Basin Store
    Old Faithful Four Seasons Snack Bar
    Old Faithful Pony Express
    Old Faithful Snack Shop
    Old Faithful Lodge Snack Shop
    Old Faithful Snowlodge Geyser Grill

    Snacks

    Bridge Bay Marina Store
    Canyon Photo Shop
    Grant Village General Store and Mini Store
    Mammoth Hot Springs General Store
    Old Faithful BAC Store
    Old Faithful Basin Store
    Old Faithful Photo Shop
    Tower Fall Store

    Ice Cream

    Canyon General Store
    Fishing Bridge General Store
    Grant General Store
    Lake General Store
    Mammoth Hot Springs General Store
    Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace Grill
    Old Faithful BAC Store
    Old Faithful Basin Store
    Old Faithful Lodge
    Tower Fall Store


    River Rafting - Float Trips

    River rafting, either scenic or white water is not allowed in Yellowstone National Park. It is allowed in Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone. Rafting can also be enjoyed just north of Yellowstone at Gardiner, Montana on the Yellowstone River and west of the park on the Gallatin River.

    Enjoy the splendor of Grand Teton National Park via a scenic river rafting trip. This is a great way to experience and enjoy the park - wildlife, spectacular scenery and the great outdoors.

    Yellowstone Raft Company Solitude Float Trips

    Solitude Float Trips - Authorized Concessionaire of Grand Teton National Park - Scenic Float Trips


    Showers - Public Pay Showers

    Pay showers are available at the following Camping Areas:

    Canyon Campgrounds, Fishing Bridge RV Park and Grant Village Campgrounds.

    Pay showers are also available through the front desk at:

    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge and Roosevelt Lodge.


    Tips and Hints

    Make reservations well in advance - 10 to 12 months is a good time frame to work with.

    Yellowstone's weather changes quickly, it is a good idea to carry an emergency poncho even while on short hikes or tours.

    The temperature gets down to freezing (32° F / 0° C) almost every night during spring and summer. If you go prepared for cold weather camping you won't be surprised. It is a good idea to take a coat or heavy sweater for evening wear and a blanket for campfire programs. They will keep you warm and help make the program much more enjoyable.

    A good pair of binoculars and/or a spotting scope are a must for viewing wildlife.

    Plan extra time for traffic, construction and bad roads. The traffic is much lighter early in the morning and just before sunset.

    Spotting or watching wildlife takes some time, it is not a quick 5 to 15 minute experience. Plan on spending some time looking for and watching wildlife and visiting with fellow wildlife watchers.

    For travel information, park location and other information, see the Getting Here Page. Also, see the What to See and Do Page for information on planning your time in the park.


    Tour and Travel Information

    For Tour, Travel or Transportation information and help with Visiting Yellowstone contact:

    Callowishus Park Touring Company


    Weather

    Yellowstone's Average Temperatures and Precipitation

    Weather Data - 48 Year Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
    Average Maximum Temperature (F) 28.6 34.0 39.6 49.4 60.4 70.0 79.6 78.3 67.8 55.7 38.7 30.5 52.8
    Average Minimum Temperature (F) 9.6 13.0 17.2 26.0 34.3 41.2 46.7 45.3 37.0 29.4 19.2 11.8 27.6
    Average Precipitation (Inches) 1.1 0.75 1.1 1.2 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.0 15.4
    Average Total Snow Fall (Inches) 14.5 10.4 13.1 5.9 1.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.5 3.7 9.0 13.5 72.1

    To visit The Total Yellowstone Weather Page, Click here.


    Winter Activities

    Two Top Snowmobile Rentals

    During the winter months all roads in Yellowstone are closed to wheeled vehicle travel except the road from the North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance (Silver Gate, Montana). This is state road 212 and it is kept open year round.

    The following activities are offered in Yellowstone National Park: Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Scenic/Wildlife tours in a Snowcoach, and Snowmobiling. All the equipment you would need for any of these activities can be rented outside or inside the park.

    Snowcoach shuttles run from the South Gate to Old Faithful, Mammoth to Old Faithful, West Yellowstone to Old Faithful, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth to West Yellowstone, Mammoth to Canyon and Old Faithful to Canyon. These shuttles start running in mid-December through the beginning of March.

    Two Top Snowmobile Rentals, Inc.

    See the Winter Activities Page for more information.


    Yellowstone National Park Links
    Bullet Accessibility Information
    Bullet Address, Email, Phone, Etc
    Bullet Art Page
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    Bullet Bear Closure Areas & Map
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