Top 10 things to know

Sunrise and Madison River

#1 Give wildlife a brake. Unless posted slower, the park speed limit is 45 mph (73 kph). You may encounter animals unexpectedly, please slow down to assure yourself enough stopping distance.

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#2 Watch from pullouts. If you see wildlife while driving, do not stop or block the safe and free flow of traffic along any portion of the roadway. Instead, find the next established pullout, park, and watch from a safe distance.

#3 Campfires are allowed only in designated grills in park campgrounds, some picnic areas and specific backcountry campsites. Ask locally about current fire restrictions.

#4 Do not approach wildlife. You must stay at least 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. A distance of 25 yards (23 m) is required from bison, elk, and other animals. Regardless of distance, if any animal changes its behavior due to your presence, you are too close.

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#5 Do not feed any wild animals, including birds, squirrels, and coyotes. Consuming human food is unhealthy and encourages aggressive behavior that may require the death of the animal. All food, trash, coolers, and cooking tools must be kept secure in a bear-proof container or vehicle unless in immediate use.

#6 Stay on designated trails and boardwalks. Ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below. Visitors have fallen through and died here. Keep yourchildren close at hand.

#7 Avoid water hazards. Park waters can be deceptively cold and swift. Do not take risks while fishing, wading, or crossing streams. Swimming is unsafe and prohibited in many areas. All boats and float tubes require permits.

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#8 As you enjoy trails, be bear aware. You are safer hiking in a group. In areas of low visibility, make noise to avoid surprise encounters. Do not run from a bear under any circumstance. Carry bear spray and know how to use it safely.

#9 Control your pet. Pets are not allowed on trails or boardwalks, in the backcountry or hydrothermal basins. Where allowed, pets must be leashed and remain within 100 feet (30.5 m) of a road or parking area. Do not leave a pet unattended or tied to an object. Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.

#10 Cell phone service may be available at Grant, Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs,and Old Faithful. As a courtesy to others,please turn off your cellphone while enjoying Yellowstone’s natural features. Wi-Fi is not available in rustic settings, National Historic Landmarks, or historic lodging. The NPS does not provide Wi-Fi for visitor use at visitor centers. Concessioners may provide Wi-Fi to visitors for a fee.