• Trevor Perkes

What is the Entrance Fee to Yellowstone National Park?

With around 4 million folks visiting Yellowstone each year it takes a lot of resources and finances to help ensure that park visitors have an enjoyable experience and that the natural wonders of Yellowstone are protected for future generations. An annual budget of approximately $70 million helps fund many of the park’s needs.

Entrance Fees to Yellowstone National Park are Available in the Following:

Seven-Day Passes:

· $35 – private, non-commercial vehicle

· $30 – motorcycle or snowmobile

· $20/person – by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.

Annual Pass: $70 – good for one year covering everyone in your vehicle through the month of purchase.

America the Beautiful Annual Senior Pass: $20 (plus $10 handling fee) – this pass is valid for one full year from the from month of purchase (through last day of that month).

America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass: $80 – this lifetime senior pass (eligible to purchase at age 62) provides entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites covering entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard fees at national forests and grasslands.

Access Pass: Free – a lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with documentation of permanent disability.

Nearly $9 million is generated from park entrance fees each year and 80% of these fees is returned directly to Yellowstone National Park and helps with funding for roads, campgrounds, accessibility features, native fish restoration projects, facilities improvements, and other infrastructure projects.

Free entrance to Yellowstone during these 5 days in 2019. Those dates are:

· January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

· April 20: First day of National Park Week

· August 25: National Park Service Birthday

· September 28: National Public Lands Day

· November 11: Veteran’s Day

Cost of Lodging (Hotels and Cabins) in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has nine lodging facilities with over 2,000 rooms. Of course, the cost of rooms depends on the hotel or cabin in which you stay. Most hotel rooms cost between $150 - $300 per night. To learn more about lodging policies, hotel or cabin costs, and to make reservations call directly at 307-344-7311 or email: reserve-ynp@xanterra.com.

For the 2019 Season:

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins: Opens April 26 - Closes September 2

Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins: Opens May 31 - Closes October 13

Canyon Lodge & Cabins: Opens May 17 - Closes October 13

Old Faithful Inn: Opens May 3 - Closes October 7

Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins: Opens May 10 - Closes September 29

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins: Opens April 29 - Closes October 20

Grant Village: Opens May 24 - Closes September 29

Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins: Opens May 10 - Closes October 7

Lake Lodge Cabins: Opens June 10 - Closes September 22

Cost of Camping in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has 12 campgrounds with over 2,000 sites, providing you the visitor with a real outdoor experience of sleeping under the stars. Five (5) campgrounds take reservations, and seven (7) are first-come, first-serve. To make reservations call directly at 307-344-7311 or email: reserve-ynp@xanterra.com.

Campgrounds that take reservations - 2019 Season:

Bridge Bay: Opens May 18 - Closes September 23 Nightly Fee: $25.25

Canyon: Opens May 25 - Closes September 23 Nightly Fee: $30.00

Fishing Bridge RV Park: Closed for 2019 Season Nightly Fee: $47.75

Grant Village: Opens June 08 - Closes September 16 Nightly Fee: $30.00

Madison: Opens April 27 - Closes October 14 Nightly Fee: $25.25

Campgrounds that are first-come, first served - 2019 Season

Indian Creek: Opens June 8 - Closes September 10 Nightly Fee: $15

Lewis Lake: Opens June 15 - Closes November 4 Nightly Fee: $15

Mammoth: Open Year-Round Nightly Fee: $20

Norris: Opens May 25 - Closes September 24 Nightly Fee: $20

Pebble Creek: Opens June 15 - Closes September 24 Nightly Fee: $15

Slough Creek: Opens June 15 - Closes October 9 Nightly Fee: $15

Tower Fall: Opens May 25 - Closes September 24 Nightly Fee: $15

Campground General Regulations & Helpful Information

1. Nightly fee rate does not include tax or utility pass-through.

2. Dates are subject to change depending on weather and other factors.

3. During peak season, first-come, first-served campgrounds usually fill by early morning.

4. Campsite occupancy is limited to six people per site.

5. Camping is limited to 14 days July 1-Labor Day, and to 30 days the rest of the year; no limit to Fishing Bridge.

6. All campgrounds offer discounts for Senior Passes except Fishing Bridge RV Park.

7. Campfires are prohibited in the Fishing Bridge RV Park. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in all other campgrounds (unless fire danger requires special restrictions).

Cost of Fishing in Yellowstone

Anglers age 16 and older must have a YNP fishing permit to fish in the park. Those 15 years and younger can fish without a permit if they are fishing under the direction supervision of an adult with a valid park fishing permit.

· $18 – 3-day permit

· $25 – 7-day permit

· $40 – season permit

There are good fishing locations along each of Yellowstone’s 14 road sections. For specific fly fishing information along each of these road sections, including the recommended flies to use, click on the specific road section below.

West Entrance to Madison

Madison to Old Faithful

Old Faithful to West Thumb

West Thumb to South Entrance

Madison to Norris

Norris to Mammoth Hot Springs

North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt

Tower-Roosevelt to Northeast Entrance

Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Village

Norris to Canyon Village

Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge

West Thumb to Lake Village

Fishing Bridge to East Entrance

Cost of Eating in Yellowstone

This is a loaded question as there is a wide variety of eating venues in the park, including high-end restaurants, cafeterias, deli’s, fountains and grills, etc. As with similar eating places in the cities form which a traveler may be coming, food prices vary widely according to the type of dining experience.

If you prefer to pack a cooler and eat at campgrounds and picnic areas, then the great outdoors is your dining ambiance, and the price to do so is, well, if you ask me, priceless.

There are also Yellowstone General Stores located throughout the park who offer Grab-N-Go options for the family or individual on the go. In addition, some of the Sinclair Service Station and Store locations in the park carry Grab-N-Go items including F’reals, tasty shakes made automatically by equipment in the store. Yeah, we mention them here as they are a favorite of our family members, and a refreshing and cold treat after a day of exploration and adventure.

Out side of the park in any of the Entrance Gateway Towns to Yellowstone are a variety of eating establishments that cook up some good food for park visitors. Yellowstone Explored has partnered with some of these establishments to provide park visitors with discounts via The Yellowstone Discount Card program. Check out the businesses that we have partnered with for the 2019 season for dining and many other discounts totaling hundreds of dollars in savings for those who purchase a Yellowstone Discount Card.

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