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Yellowstone Vacations Calendar & Events

Plan Your Day at Yellowstone

When you visit Yellowstone National Park, just stepping outside presents an entire world of things to do. But if you're looking for something more structured, our properties offer their own brand of fun and adventure. Check below for upcoming events and start planning your day-to-day stay here at Yellowstone.

2017 Eclipse Across America

August 21

On August 21, the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America will be visible across the continental United States. Yellowstone National Park is located just north of totality, yet visitors will still be able to experience 96-99% of a total eclipse - a stunning mid-day darkness as the moon moves in front of the sun. However, the sun's corona will not be visible, as that is only visible where there is a total eclipse.

What is an eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and earth - blocking all or part of the sun. At a given location, the event can last up to an hour and a half. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun will be about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The last total eclipse for the contiguous US was in 1979; the next one will be in 2024.

Here in Yellowstone National Park, the eclipse will start around 10:15 am and last until about 1:00 pm, with the closest to total eclipse occurring around 11:35 am and lasting about 2 minutes.

Learn more about the 2017 Eclipse on NASA's website

Viewing Tips

Watching the solar eclipse can be a lifetime memory. Here are tips to ensure a safe viewing experience.
  • Proper eye protection is necessary to safely look directly at the sun. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not sufficient. Even in the partial darkness of an eclipse, the suns rays can cause severe eye injury without proper protection. Eclipse glasses are available at all park visitor centers. Young children should be supervised very carefully.
  • Assuming fair weather with cloud- and smoke-free skies, most park locations will provide good viewing options.
  • If traveling, stop in a safe area before looking at the eclipse.
  • Get to your chosen viewing location early to avoid traffic or crowds.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife. Wild animals are always unpredictable, and you may need to move out of their way in a hurry.
  • Watch out for people on roads and in parking areas -- people will be looking up!

No Special Programs

Park Rangers will be available in most popular locations to answer questions about the eclipse, but no special presentations will be offered.

Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308

Afternoon Talk in West

May 27 - September 4

A National Park Service ranger will discuss a captivating aspect of Yellowstone's natural or cultural history. Meet at the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum (southwest corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street) or the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (201 South Canyon Street). Talks are free and open to the public. There is a fee if you choose to visit the rest of the Yellowstone Historic Center or the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Accessible program. 30 minutes.
  • Yellowstone Historic Center Museum: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Date: May 27 - September 4
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308

Experiencing Wildlife in Yellowstone

June 4 - September 4

Whether you're hiking a backcountry trail, camping, or just enjoying the Park's amazing wildlife from the road, this quick workshop is for you and your family. Learn where to look for animals and how to safely enjoy your wildlife watching experience. Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone (southwest corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street). This program is free of charge and open to the public. Accessible program. 20 minutes.

*Not available on August 21

Date: June 4 - September 4
Time: 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308

Explore Yellowstone

June 11 - September 4

Need help planning your time in Yellowstone? Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone (southwest corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street) for a talk about what to see and do in the park. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Accessible program. 30 minutes.

*Not available on August 21

Date: June 11 - September 4
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308

Evening Program

June 13 - August 25 (Tuesday nights)

Learn more about Yellowstone's natural and cultural history in this presentation highlighting one of Yellowstone's wonders. Inquire locally and on bulletin boards for program descriptions. Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone (corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street). This program is free of charge and open to the public. Accessible program. 45 minutes.

Date: June 13 - August 25 (Tuesday nights)
Time: 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308

Fee-Free Entrance Days 2017

During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these National Park entrance fee-free dates in 2017!

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents' Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Delaware North Yellowstone
8358 Huffine Lane, Suite #2
Bozeman, MT 59718
877-600-4308