Every year, millions of visitors delight in the awe-inspiring wonders found throughout Yellowstone National Park. But most don’t consider exploring the park after the sun has set. On a clear night, visitors who venture out to the park’s many attractions will not only find solitude, but will be surrounded by a world of stars, the Milky Way, and even the magical glow of an Aurora Borealis on a rare occasion. The night sky over Yellowstone will take your breath away. See for yourself in the images below!
For stargazing tips and and organized activities in and around the park, read Stargazing in Yellowstone National Park by our friends at Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
Old Faithful and Milky Way
Aurora Borealis over Mammoth Hot Springs
Milky Way over Grand Prismatic Spring
Milky Way over the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone’s North Entrance
A park visitor takes in the stars above the Upper Geyser Basin
Car headlights light up steam from Excelsior Geyser
Aurora Borealis over the Firehole River
Milky Way over Castle Geyser
Milky Way over the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
Milky Way reflecting in the pool of Great Fountain Geyser
Night sky over the Mammoth Hot Springs area
Note: When exploring the park at night, it is even more important to be prepared and follow all of the park’s safety guidelines, including carrying bear spray.
All images courtesy of NPS / Neal Herbert and NPS / Jacob W. Frank