Yellowstone

Roosevelt ArchYellowstone National Park is America's first and foremost National Park.  Established in 1872 by the United States Congress for the preservation of its many wonders and for the enjoyment of the people.

Established in 1872 by the United States Congress, Yellowstone was created for the preservation of its many wonders and the enjoyment of the people.

Yellowstone in its early days was known simply as "Wonderland."

It is the destination of a lifetime for all ages.

Yellowstone National Park and the larger Yellowstone region feature numerous hotel and other lodging facilities.

Old Faithful

Lodging inside Yellowstone is highly desirable but limited.

No visit to Yellowstone is complete without witnessing one or more eruptions ofOld Faithful Geyser. This iconic geyser is the most famous in the world and is one of America's greatest natural wonders.

Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneAnother must see place is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This is one of the most beautiful geologic wonders in Yellowstone. One of the most beautiful vistas in the park is from Artist Point, with its spectacular view of Lower Falls.

Yellowstone Net offers you the information and insight you need to plan your visit to the Park.

Entrance Fees
Seven-day Passes: Good for entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days from the date of purchase.
  • Private, non-commercial vehicle: $35
  • Motorcycle or snowmobile: $30
  • Individual (by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.): $20/person

2018 Fall Closing Dates

  • October 9: Tower Fall to Canyon, Beartooth Highway (US 212 to Red Lodge, Montana).
  • October 15: full closure of Fishing Bridge over the Yellowstone River. East Entrance Road will remain open as far as Sedge Bay. However, people needing to travel through Yellowstone to Cody, Wyoming and beyond will need to use the Northeast Entrance during this closure.
  • November 5: All roads close at 8 am except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance.
Fast 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
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Geology
At the heart of Yellowstone'sEarth Core past, present, and future lies volcanism. Catastrophic volcanic eruptions occurred here
  • About 2 million years ago,
  • then 1.2 million years ago,
  • and then again 600,000 years ago.
The latest eruption spewed out nearly 240 cubic miles of debris. In recent years, much public attention has focused on the fact that Yellowstone sits astride one of the world's largest active volcanic systems. Questions routinely arise in regards to the likelihood of a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone and the impact of such an eruption. More Geology
History
The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 History of Yellowstoneyears. From about 11,000 years ago to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes. These traditional uses of Yellowstone lands continued until a little over 200 years ago when the first people of European descent found their way into the park. In 1872 a country that had not yet seen its first centennial established Yellowstone as the first national park in the world. A new concept was born and with it a new way for people to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. More History