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A visit to Yellowstone National Park is a visit to one of the most amazing and special places on planet earth. Each year some 4,000,000 persons from throughout the world travel to Yellowstone and experience the magic of Wonderland – majestic geysers, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains, high alpine lakes, pristine rivers and much more that provide ample opportunity for exploration and photography.

Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life and situated atop a high mountain plateau, Yellowstone is an outdoor paradise for family vacationers, wildlife watchers, geyser gazers, hiking enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, and photographers of all skill levels.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the closest year-around airport to Yellowstone National Park. Located some 90 miles to the North of Yellowstone, Bozeman

Midway Geyser Basin

Yellowstone International Airport is accessible by all major American airlines and provides quick and easy access to the West and North entrances to the park. Rentals cars from major car rental agencies are available at the airport.

The closest major airport to Yellowstone is Salt Lake International Airport in Utah. Cheap flights are often available at Salt Lake International for those willing to drive 4-5 hours to the Park. As at the Bozeman airport, rental cars from major car rental agencies are available at Salt Lake International.

Yellowstone National Park and the larger Yellowstone region feature numerous hotel and other lodging facilities. Lodging inside Yellowstone is highly desirable but limited. The five Yellowstone gateway communities of West Yellowstone (MT), Gardiner (MT), Jackson (WY), Cody (WY) and Silver Gate / Cooke City (MT) offer additional hotel and lodging options, including some relatively cheap hotels.

Collectively, hotel and lodging options include rustic, historical, luxury, boutique, ranch, chain, local, glamping, camping, condos, home rentals and more.

Yellowstone National Park and the gateway communities feature a wide array of restaurant and food choices, including locally sourced food, wild game, American fare, Chinese food and much more.

Mt Haynes, Madison River
Mt Haynes and the Madison River

An entrance fee or National Park Pass is required to enter Yellowstone National Park, but once inside the Park visitors are free to travel around the Park, but must abide by National Park Service rules.

Many who visit Yellowstone feel a personal connection to this special place. Some return to work in the Park during the summer season. Seasonal jobs in the Yellowstone area include jobs in hotels, restaurants, gift shops and more.

Yellowstone.Net, a local online guide since 1997, is designed to help you plan your Yellowstone National Park vacation.

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Yellowstone National Park’s Top Ten things to see

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.

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
  • Records:
    High: 99°F/37 C, 2002 (Mammoth)
    Low Temp: -66° F/-54 C (West Entrance, Riverside Station 1933)

Read More on our Introduction to Yellowstone pages.