This park provides endless recreation opportunities for visitors of varied interests and ability levels. A few of the activities available in the park include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, scenic driving, camping, viewing scenery, boating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. An excellent place to begin your trip is at one of the nine visitor centers located around the park. These information centers will provide you with information about specific activities, special programs and road openings within Yellowstone. They also have knowledgeable staff members to answer your questions.
Lodging and camping facilities are available within the park. Most lodges and five of the 12 campgrounds accept reservations. Yellowstone has a designated backcountry campsite system and a permit is required for all overnight stays. These permits may be obtained at the visitor centers.
Visitors should keep in mind that, due to high levels of visitation, travel through the park can be slow, especially during July and August. Yellowstone is large and its major scenic attractions are widely dispersed. Make lodging and camping reservations as early as possible. Allow a week or more if you wish to see most major park attractions.