9 Things NOT To Do In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the ultimate outdoor playground.

This 3,500 square mile geological paradise attracts people from all over the world. Diverse wildlife, mind-bending geothermal features, endless forests and mountains, and so much more make YNP a place that's on everyone's bucket list. We highly encourage you to visit Yellowstone National Park. It will likely be the coolest places you've ever been.

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Ask anyone who's been to Yellowstone and they'll  tell you about plenty of cool things to do in the park, but they might not tell you about the things NOT to do in Yellowstone National Park.

Every year there are wild stories in the news and on social media  that take place in Yellowstone National Park - bisons placed in cars, deaths in hot springs, animal attacks, selfies gone wrong, and the list of unfortunate tales goes on and on.

When you visit Yellowstone, it's important that you have a good time, but it's imperative that you do so safely. In order to enjoy your time in the Park, there are a few rules that you need to follow.

Let's take a look at a few things NOT to do in Yellowstone National Park:

Bison | Photo: MOTBD Donnie Sexton
Bison | Photo: MOTBD Donnie Sexton

  1. Never approach (or pet) wildlife.
  2. Never go into the hot springs.
  3. Never take a selfie with a wild animal or in an unsafe spot.
  4. Never leave the boardwalks.
  5. Never feed the animals.
  6. Never leave the bear spray in the car.
  7. Never forget how to drive.
  8. Never fly your drone.
  9. Never forget the rules of leave no trace.

No one wants to get hurt or killed in Yellowstone National Park. Be safe. Read the signs. Follow the rules. Treat the park and the animals with respect at all times. Yellowstone National Park is a wild and beautiful place. The keyword here is "wild".  Just remember that things can go from family-friendly fun to terribly wrong in just a blink of an eye. It's all fun and games, until it isn't.

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Old Faithful | Visit Big Sky
Old Faithful | Visit Big Sky

Everyone deserves to enjoy the wildlife, lakes, mountains, forests, geysers, and geology of Yellowstone National Park. If you're planning a trip to explore the park and want to experience the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, then make Big Sky, Montana your base camp for adventure.

When you're in Big Sky, you're less than 15 miles from the park's boundary and less than an hour from the park's west entrance. Book your trip and enjoy one of the most unique National Parks in the world. You won't regret it - as long as you play by the rules!

Want to see a few videos of people who didn't follow the rules? Here's a collection of 9 classic clips of things not to do in Yellowstone that everyone needs to watch.

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