Yellowstone National Park is ready for the busy summer season and is offering some tips for those planning a visit during the upcoming months.
Visitors are encouraged to watch aÂ short welcome videoÂ which provides tips from rangers.
Summer is Yellowstoneâ€™sÂ most popular season.Â Expect busy facilities and destinations, as well as delayed travel times due to heavy traffic and wildlife jams. Try to arrive early or stay late and avoid main attractions during peak hours (like Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Norris Geyser Basin).
â€œMore than half of the record 4.25 million visits in 2016 took place during June, July, and August,â€ said Superintendent Dan Wenk. â€œWhether you are visiting Yellowstone for the first time or the fiftieth, we hope youâ€™ll take the Yellowstone Pledge and plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable trip.â€
TheÂ Yellowstone PledgeÂ is a personal promise you can make to yourself and the park. It can be taken anywhereâ€”at home, in your car, or in front of your bathroom mirrorâ€”and now itâ€™s available in 10 languages. You can even tag your photos with #YellowstonePledge.
Yellowstone National Park has provided the following tips:
Know before you go:Â
- Check theÂ current park conditionsÂ Â for information on road construction, temporary road closures, and the backcountry situation report
- Reserve space in aÂ campground or hotelÂ – these facilities fill far in advance
- Expect very limited access toÂ cellular phone service and WiFi
- Read theÂ Top Things to Know
- DownloadÂ Yellowstoneâ€™s appÂ before you arrive
While you are there:Â
- Attend aÂ ranger program
- Read theÂ summer newspaperÂ (youâ€™ll get a copy when you drive through the entrance)
- MaintainÂ safe distances from wildlifeÂ (practice safe selfies)
- Carry bear spray becauseÂ a bear doesnâ€™t careÂ whether you are a hiker, backpacker, angler, photographer, wolf watcher, or geyser gazer
- Join anÂ InstaMeetÂ where social media friends and followers meet in real life to take photos and exchange ideas