Yellowstone's Rules and Regulations

Pets: Activities with pets are limited in Yellowstone, and the following regulations apply:

  • Pets may only accompany people in developed areas and must remain within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds.

  • Pets must be physically controlled at all times: they must be in a car, in a crate, or on a leash no more than six feet long.

  • Pets are not allowed on boardwalks, hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.

  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.

  • Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate. Pets may remain in vehicles for short periods of time, but we recommend that someone stay behind to personally ensure their well-being.

  • Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.

Firearms: Federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in Yellowstone. Hunting and the discharge of firearms remain prohibited in Yellowstone. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in the park (such as visitor centers and government offices) and such facilities are marked with signs at all public entrances.


Specific Prohibited Activities:

  • Smoking is prohibited in geyser basins or on trails. There is no smoking in buildings or within 25 feet of building entrances.

  • Willfully remaining near or approaching wildlife within any distance that disturbs or displaces the animal. Hunting, feeding, and spotlighting wildlife are prohibited.

  • Traveling off boardwalks or designated trails in hydrothermal areas or throwing anything into them. 

  • Camping outside of designated areas or disobeying campground rules.

  • Removing or possessing natural or cultural resources (flowers, antlers, arrowheads, rocks, etc.)

  • Use of drones.


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