Yellowstone National Park is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, and includes small areas of Montana and Idaho as well. In addition to its superb Rocky Mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principal wildlife preserves. It’s also the site of America’s greatest concentration of geysers and hot springs, which form a visible and spectacular link with the primeval forces of the Earth’s creation.
Yellowstone is also the oldest national park in the country. In fact, the original idea of setting aside natural resources like Yellowstone began here when some of the territory’s first explorers began a unique campaign to preserve the beauty of these lands for generations to follow. Here more than two million acres of a high mountain-ringed plateau have been set aside for permanent protection as a natural preserve. It’s been called America’s finest and most diverse vacationland.
Yellowstone National Park’s Top Ten things to see:
We are sometimes asked, “What are the things I must see when I visit Yellowstone?”
Yellowstone National Park is vast and varied, and visitors have different interests and abilities, so there is no one easy answer. However, we have compiled a general list of the top attractions in Yellowstone that we feel will be helpful. It is designed to serve as a starting point for planning your visit. Click Here for our Top Ten things to see.
Yellowstone National Park Map / Newspaper / Entrance Fees:
Entrance Pass for…
|Yellowstone National Park||Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks|
|Private, non-commercial vehicle||$30||$50|
|Motorcycle or Snowmobile*||$25||$40|
|Individuals by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.||$15 per person 16 and older||$20 per person 16 and older|
|Non-commercial bus or vehicle with capacity of 16 people or more**||$15 per person 16 and older||$20 per person 16 and older|
**Examples of non-commercial groups include church groups and scouts.
2016 Scheduled Road Construction:
1. North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana)
- Construction has started and will include work on East Park Street, Yellowstone River Access, Main Street, as well as 1st and 3rd Streets.
2. Norris to Mammoth (Norris to Golden Gate)
- Late May: construction to start (expect 30-minute delays).
- June 1 to September 11: road closed at night (10 pm to 7 am).
- September 12 to October 7: road closed (detour via Dunraven Pass).
Norris and Indian Creek campgrounds will remain open. Grizzly Lake, Solfatara, and Mount Holmes trailheads are located within the night and full closure zones and will be closed during those periods. Construction work between Norris and Golden Gate will be suspended over Memorial Day weekend (May 27 to May 31), the 4th of July weekend (July 1 to July 5), and Labor Day weekend (September 2 to September 6).
3. Canyon Area
- Inspiration Point CLOSED for the season for construction.
- Brink of the Upper Falls CLOSED for the season for construction.
Interesting Yellowstone National Park Facts:
- World’s First National Park
- A designated World Heritage Site and designated Biosphere Reserve
- 3,472 square miles or 8,987 square km
- 2,221,766 acres or 898,317 hectares
- 63 air miles north to south (102 km)
- 54 air miles east to west 87 km)
- 96 % in Wyoming
- 3 % in Montana
- 1 % in Idaho
- Highest Point: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)
- Lowest Point: 5,282 ft / 1,610 m (Reese Creek)
- Larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined
- Approximately 5% of park is covered by water; 15% is grassland; and 80% is forest
- Precipitation ranges from 10 inches (26 cm) at the north boundary to 80 inches (205 cm) in the southwest corner
- Temperatures (average) at Mammoth: January: 9° F/-13 C in
July: 80° F/27 C
High: 99°F/37 C, 2002 (Mammoth)
Low Temp: -66° F/-54 C (West Entrance, Riverside Station 1933)
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