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How much does it cost to go to Yellowstone Park? That depends on several factors: how many days in Yellowstone are you planning for? Do you want to fly and rent a car or drive to Yellowstone? Will you pay Yellowstone fees or do you already have an all access pass? Do you want to piece it together yourself or are you interested in on of the all inclusive Yellowstone vacation packages?

In this article, I break down the costs of a Yellowstone vacation and look at options from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy.

Hot springs in Yellowstone National ParkHow Much Does A Trip To Yellowstone Cost?

Cost of Travel To Yellowstone National Park

Depending on where you are coming from, the cost of getting to Yellowstone will vary. Flights into Jackson, Wyoming; Idaho Falls, Idaho; or Bozeman, Montana will range in the hundreds of dollars.

You are going to need a car to get from one of those airports to Yellowstone and to drive around Yellowstone. While you can take a guided tour of Yellowstone, if you spend more than one day, you’ll want to be able to explore on your own. There isn’t a shuttle system in Yellowstone like there is in Yosemite and Zion National Parks. And it’s a big park with slow speed limits.

Driving will be the cost of gas plus hotels if you need to spend the night in route. If you drive to Yellowstone, you already have your vehicle, which simplifies things.

Make planning your trip a cinch with one of my 3-day itineraries or 6-day itineraries

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How Much Does it Cost to Get Into Yellowstone Park?

Yellowstone National Park fees are:

  • 7-Day Yellowstone National Park Pass (covers the Yellowstone entrance fee for everyone in your vehicle)
    • Private, non-commercial vehicle: $35
    • Motorcycle or snowmobile: $30
    • Individual (by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.): $20/person
  • Annual Yellowstone Pass (covers the Yellowstone National Park entrance fee for everyone in your vehicle)
    • $70

Both types of passes are sold at all entrance stations and online through the Your Pass Now website.

If you have already paid your National Park entrance fees by way of the America the Beautiful All Access Pass, you can show that to the ranger in the entrance kiosk and drive right in.

The U.S. Park Pass is $80 and can be purchased online or at any National Park entrance.

Yellowstone admission funds are returned to the national parks at a rate of 80%, knowing that I am supporting parks, makes Yellowstone prices much more bearable, especially when the Federal Government keeps cutting the National Parks budget.

How much does it cost to camp in Yellowstone?

How Much Does Yellowstone Cost – Lodging?

As with everything in this guide to budgeting for a Yellowstone trip, the cost of lodging depends on where you want to stay. Hotels are, of course, more expensive than camping and a different experience. You can stay inside the park or in one of the gateway communities near the park’s entrances.

Regardless of where you want to stay, make your reservations as early as possible. Yellowstone hotels and campgrounds fill up quickly!

How Much Does it Cost to Camp in Yellowstone?

There are 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park and many more in the National Forests surrounding the park. Five of the campgrounds take reservations, the others are first come, first served.

Yellowstone campsites cost from $15 for a basic tent camping site to $47.75 for a campsite with full hook ups. That does not include tax.

See what campgrounds in Yellowstone cost in the NPS chart below.

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How Much do Hotels in Yellowstone Cost?

Yellowstone lodging is not inexpensive. Roughrider Cabins, the most basic of Yellowstone lodging cost $101 plus tax. That’s for one double bed and no bathroom.

On the other end of the spectrum, rooms at the Lake Yellowstone Lodge can cost $550 or more. A suite at the Old Faithful Inn costs more than $700.

Most hotel rooms in Yellowstone are between $150-$300 per night.

There are many hotels outside of Yellowstone National Park and their room rates are about the same.

Yellowstone wolfHow Much Does a Trip To Yellowstone Cost – Food

When you are wondering, “how much would a trip to Yellowstone cost?” you have to figure in food costs.

There are plenty of restaurants and grills in Yellowstone. Lunch for one person could cost as little as $10 in one of the grills or much more in one of the dining rooms. Dinners run from $15-$40 per person. Eating outside the park in one of the gateway towns, can be less expensive.

When I am helping people plan a trip to Yellowstone through my vacation coaching service, I recommend shopping outside the park for better prices and more variety. You could eat every meal in a Yellowstone restaurant, but that takes a big chunk of time from your day. I recommend bringing at least lunch with you to picnic along the way.

How Much Does Yellowstone Cost – Gear

If you don’t already have all the clothing and gear you need for a national park trip, you may need to make some purchases. Consider specialized clothing, sun and rain protection, and things that make a trip outside more fun.

See my summer packing list and my winter packing list for all the necessities and find out how much Yellowstone gear costs.

family fun in YellowstoneYellowstone Family Vacation Packages

How to visit Yellowstone depends on your goals and interests. For some people planning Yellowstone Park vacations, it might be easier to get an all-inclusive package. This could include transportation, lodging, food, and Yellowstone National Park tours.

National Park tour packages are definitely the easiest ways to go and the most expensive. Like all these other cost categories, the prices vary wildly depending on how long you want to go to Yellowstone, how luxurious you want your trip to be, and what time of the year you travel. A Yellowstone vacation package costs from $1,000/person for four nights to $5,000 or more per person. Not including tax and tips.

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6 Comments

  1. Amy Whitfield

    I want a vacation next summer after memorial weekend and I don’t have a tent. I would like a short boating trip or riding (don’t know how to ride a Atv). Never had a vacation with my husband and would like it very much. Love to fish and look at wildlife, a tour guide is super wonderful I expect to stay at least 5-7 days. Any suggestions would be appreciated

    • Melynda Harrison

      Hi- Sounds like you could use my custom vacation coaching 🙂
      You don’t need a tent as there are lodges in the park and in the gateway communities. West Yellowstone is a good basecamp just outside the park with tons of hotels. Park hotels fill up fast, so you need to book those asap.
      There isn’t ATVing in the park, but you can take a boat ride on Yellowstone Lake. The park concessionaire offers both scenic boat tours and guided fishing tours on the lake. You can also hire a guide to take you flyfishing on some of the park rivers. Whitewater rafting is offered on the Gallatin River north of West Yellowstone and on the Yellowstone River out of Gardiner.
      There are lots of options for a guided wildlife viewing tour. Yellowstone Forever does group tours or you can take the iconic Yellowstone buses through Xanterra. I like Yellowstone Guidelines and Yellowstone Safari Company for private tours.
      Hope that helps!

  2. April Salamone

    Hello, I am investigating a possible vacation to Yellowstone for my husband and I once I retire. He is disabled and is unable to walk long distances without a problem. We are thinking of a 4 day/night stay in Yellowstone that we can come and go from our sleeping accommodations but we may need a potential guide. Our interests are in the wildlife, Old faithful and the big attractions. We will not be hiking or rock climbing. Suggestions? Cost? (How much would we need to save to really have a great experience). We would need to fly from our home to a destination near Yellowstone and rent a car.

    • Melynda Harrison

      Hi April-
      There are definitely ways to see Yellowstone without a lot of walking. There are several companies that do wildlife watching in the park –from groups to personal guides. Some of the best wildlife watching is from the road, with spotting scopes and binoculars, if you have a guide that knows where to take you. Old Faithful Geyser is a short walk along an accessible boardwalk. Depending on your husband’s walkability, you may be able to walk around some of the other geyser basins on the boardwalks. Some are short and flat.
      Costs: You will probably need to rent a car, spend $150-$250/night for lodging, food can be inexpensive if you picnic and buy your food outside the park – grill and dining prices are listed on their website. Guide prices vary depending on whether you want a private guide ($200-$300 for a day with food, transportation, expertise), or around $60/person for a Yellow Bus 1/2 day wildlife watching tour).
      If you want to talk specifics and get some detailed help planning your trip, please see my Vacation Coaching page. https://yellowstonetrips.com/vacation-coaching/

  3. I am intrested in help for a two day all inclusive trip not top of the line but middle cost with guide don’t mind going great with others but frustrating time my husband will be seeing out west as I grew up in Utah growing up my father brought us to these wonders, I’d like him to see the best of the wonders of the world. Then we ate traveling get thru to Idaho for a family reunion our stay will be in August the first week..we will rent a car but I’d like you to send me some of your package deals for 2 days ,thank you..

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