The offer is not valid with the Interagency Annual Pass. If you are a holder of an Access Pass or Senior Pass (formerly known as Golden Access or Golden Age passes) you can receive a 50% discount off of established standard rates at Bridge Bay, Canyon, Grant and Madison Campgrounds. The offer is not valid for Fishing Bridge RV Park. You must show your pass at check-in to receive the discount on your site only. Otherwise you will be charged the prevailing standard rate. For more information about Interagency passes, please visit this page on the NPS website.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'” —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Yellowstone offers many great options for adventure! You might choose a day hike, camping, or be traveling the park to find great photo and wildlife viewing opportunities. Local gateway towns have dining, shopping, museums and other attractions. Or, join one of many ongoing Co-op Recreation Department events or trips at each location. You can get a preview of the Co-op Recreation Department by visiting the website at www.ycerp.org and learn more about sports, adventures, outings, rental opportunities, and other activities. Their many park-wide events are not to be missed!
We also organize a variety of day trips for staff beginning in June and running through mid-August. These trips not only provide an educational window into Yellowstone and the surrounding areas but are free and someone else does the driving for you. Look for posters around the location or find information at your local Human Resources Office.
Don’t have a car? A lot of staff do and hopefully, you will connect with a co-worker or dorm mate with shared Yellowstone aspirations to coordinate days off and get out and explore. A typical bucket list for first season employees include:
Car camping in Yellowstone or the National Forest outside the park
Hiking Mt. Washburn or Avalanche Peak
Whitewater rafting the Gallatin, Snake, or Yellowstone rivers outside the park
Going to the Cody Rodeo (and stopping in at the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West)
Exploring Grand Teton National Park
Visiting one or more NPS Visitor Education Centers/gone to an evening program
Exploring at least a couple of geyser basins AND the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
Taking a drive over the Beartooth Highway
Hopping on a guest excursion (bus tour, horseback ride, etc..) Some are free, when space available. Many offer 20% off to staff!
Done all that? You can spend a lifetime exploring just Yellowstone, never mind the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Returning staff are a great resource to learn about great places to hike, fish, photograph, and view wildlife. Ask around, talk to a ranger, or look to your Insider’s Guide that you receive(d) when you arrive. Whatever you do, make the most of your time here!
Playing in the Park: Yellowstone's Employee Recreation Program
Learn about the nation's oldest and best national park employee co-op recreation program.