While most visitors value the opportunity to “disconnect” in Yellowstone, some of our guests do appreciate the opportunity to access the internet.
Availability of in-park internet is governed by park regulations. For those who desire internet access we do offer wireless (and wired) internet service for a fee at the following approved locations:
Internet service is provided for a fee. Please contact the front desk for pricing.
Available necessary infrastructure to support internet service is relatively old (1990’s). In-park internet service is slower than typical residential, business, or workplace service. For example, average home service can deliver 50mbps-70mbps downloads and coffee shops average 10mbps-20mbps, whereas in-park service averages 1.5 mbps. This means that in Yellowstone it would take:
• One minute to download a single song
• Eight minutes to upload one cell phone photo
• Two minutes to download a YouTube clip
• One hour+ to download a TV show
• Streaming services (for TV shows and movies) will not work
We continue to look for solutions that will provide faster service while complying with park regulations and infrastructure limitations. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding with regards to available internet download speeds.
Cellular service is limited in Yellowstone. Cell towers at Mammoth Hot Springs, West Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, and Mount Washburn provide service to most developed areas (Old Faithful, Canyon Village, Lake Village, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grant Village) and to the North and West entrances. Check with your provider to verify coverage (Verizon provides the best coverage, though AT&T is usually best at Canyon Village).
During summer the number of users can overwhelm cellular circuits resulting in an inability to send or receive calls, text, or use cellular data. Texting is usually the most effective means of communication in the park. Cellular service is available in most nearby communities and along some of the major highways leading to the park. However, areas without coverage exist throughout the region.