Yellowstone National Park Recreation

Yellowstone National Park offers a number of ways to relax and have fun. Bring your own equipment, rent equipment from concessionaires, or book an all-inclusive package.


Launching ramps are located at Bridge Bay Marina and Grant Village. Permits are required for all types of vessels. Only Yellowstone and Lewis lakes are open to power boating, and portions of Yellowstone are reserved for canoes and rowboats. Shoshone Lake is a favorite with canoeists.


Camping is available throughout the year but most campgrounds are open mid-June through mid-September.


Fishing in Yellowstone means trout and plenty of action. Only artificial lures and flies are permitted. A Yellowstone fishing license is required, so before wetting your line, check with any ranger station, entrance station or visitor center concerning seasons and other regulations. Catch and release fishing is the rule not the exception.


More than 1,000 miles of trails lead to remote sections of the park. Some are easy walks of a few hours, while others are strenuous hikes and climbs that require skill and stamina. The self-guided nature trails are easy walks and add to your visit.

Most points of interest are labeled for greater understanding. They are located at Mammoth Hot Springs, the Fountain Paint Pots, the Upper Geyser Basin, Norris and the Mud Volcano. Ranger-conducted walks and hikes are offered at many of the more interesting features. Check at ranger stations for complete schedules.