Best Yellowstone National Park Apps [Updated for 2020]

Be amazed with the wonder of Yellowstone

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Yellowstone National Park Apps So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Yellowstone National Park is a dream vacation, and now you can make the most of it with the help of some great apps that will put important information at your fingertips. These apps (for both iOS and Android) will keep you up to date on happenings in the Park, on availability of lodging and on other critical info.

The park itself is huge, with loads to see and do. You’ll want to plan your trip carefully and make the most of your time there. After all, it covers parts of three states! Check out these informative apps.

 

NPS Yellowstone National Park

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This free app from the National Park Service is practical as well as helpful. It includes a detailed park map that you’ll find very helpful, as well as up to the minute information about predictions for geyser activity, visitor centers, activities, and availability of services.  There are self-guided tour instructions so you can see the sights at your own pace and information about accessibility of trails, road construction, and other bits of knowledge which can be a real plus for families.

You can even build your own itinerary and set the app to send alerts when you are near important spots on your list. Park officials do caution that you should download and set up the app before you arrive since cell reception can be spotty in parts of the park. The app also runs GPS in the background, which can impact your device’s battery life.

Yellowstone GyPSy Guide Tour

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This app relies on your device’s location system to automatically play tour guide commentary wherever you may roam in the park. For just $5.99, it’s like having your own personal tour guide right in the car with you! You’ll love the informative monologues, and there are even stories and other features related to the sights around the park.

The app does NOT need to be connected to wi-fi to operate; just be sure to download it before you head out. It saves you time and money because it allows you to set your own pace, to visit the sights that are important to you, and to be independent.

 

Just Ahead: Audio Travel Guides

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Just Ahead Travel Guides is an app you’ll want to keep with you for many vacations to come. Each major attraction out west (and many other areas of the country) is available by in-app purchase, and Yellowstone is no exception. They cost $19.99 each, but include literally tons of information about the area. In addition to narrated information about the great sights in the park, you’ll also hear stories, facts about the local wildlife and plants, and so much more that will make your tour literally come alive.

You’ll want to download the tour for Yellowstone before you get to the park, since the cellular connection can be unreliable, but once downloaded, the app works just fine offline. It does use location services in the background, so it will decrease your device’s battery life, though. And best of all, you can use the app again and again as you travel all around the country-just purchase and download the info for your next destination and you’ll know you have a reliable and informative guide in the palm of your hand.

Flora of Yellowstone

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

With over 400 entries relating to wildflowers, bushes, grasses, trees, and more, this app gives visitors a comprehensive look at just what is growing in and around Yellowstone. It’s the perfect companion to your trip. You’ll be able to enter the features you notice about the plant, like the color of the flowers, the size, or the shape of its leaves. From there, the app does all the work and fetches a list of plants that meet your search criteria.

This field guide will help you enjoy the growing things in the park for just $7.99.  The photography is absolutely gorgeous, and the descriptions are detailed and informative. It’s a must-have for anyone who is interested in identifying the plants along the trail side.