Yellowstone National Park

Just For Kids

A host of ranger-led activities are especially designed for young visitors to Yellowstone. Fun, educational films are also shown daily at several visitor centers. For more information about National Park Service programs, pick up a copy of Yellowstone Today at any visitor center or visit YellowstoneAssociation.org and Yellowstone's kids ...

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Campgrounds at Yellowstone

Campsite availability is first-come, first-served at the following campgrounds: Mammoth, Norris, Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall. During peak camping season (late June to mid-August) campgrounds may fill. Arrive early to obtain a site. Reserve sites at Canyon, Bridge Bay, Madison, Grant Village, and Fishing ...

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Life Zones

Marshland and Aquatic Community These communities are found in streams, rivers, lakes and marshes, such as Yellowstone Lake, Lamar River and Willow Flats. Vegetation includes riparian grasses and plants. Wildlife including the bald eagle, trout, beaver and moose are present in the area. Hydrothermal Community The Lower Geyser Basin and other hydrothermal ...

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Camping at Yellowstone

Of Yellowstone's 12 campgrounds, seven are operated on a first-come, first-served basis by the National Park Service. Five of the campgrounds, encompassing more than 1,400 sites, may be reserved one year in advance by calling Xanterra Parks & Resorts® toll-free at (866) GEYSERLAND (866) 439-7375. In addition, Fishing Bridge RV ...

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Continental Divide Trail

The construction of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is one of the most significant conservation initiatives ever undertaken. Designated by Congress in 1978, a focused effort to complete the trail by 2008 is underway. The course will run 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada, following the landmark divide through ...

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Drive to Yellowstone

Driving to Yellowstone Cody, Wyoming -- 52 miles East Jackson, Wyoming -- 57 miles South Bozeman, Montana -- 77 miles North Billings, Montana -- 129 miles Northeast Salt Lake City, Utah -- 320 miles West Cheyenne, Wyoming -- 430 miles South Rapid City, South Dakota -- 443 miles East Denver, Colorado -- 530 miles South Seattle, Washington -- ...

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Five Countries

For convenience purposes, Xanterra Parks & Resorts® divides the park into different regions, or "countries." Locations of park features and facilities in the countries are indicated by these colors throughout this guide. Mammoth Country extends outward from Mammoth Hot Springs. This fascinating thermal area is home to elk, bison, and ...

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Flora & Fauna

A greater number and variety of plants and wild animals live here, in their natural habitat, than anywhere else in the 48 contiguous states. Plants The following are a few of the most common species you'll see on your visit: Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), the most common tree in the park, is ...

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Yellowstone National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Suzanne Lewis
Yellowstone is the world's first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls and panoramic vistas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
2.22177e+06
Highest Point: 
Eagle Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11367 feet
Visitor Count: 
2870295
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Hot Springs; Old Faithful; Norris and Firehole River Geyser Basins; Grand Prismatic Sping; Morning Glory Pool; Yellowstone Lake; West Thumb Geyser Basin; Tower Fall; Petrified Forest; Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Hayden Valley
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Bald Eagle (threatened); Canada Lynx; Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Motorcycle or Snowmobile Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Annual Park Pass: $50
Nearest Major City: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Gardiner, MT; Silver Gate, MT; Cooke City, MT; Macks Inn, ID; Island Park, ID; Moran, WY; Emigrant, MT; Wapiti, WY; Pray, MT; Moose, WY; Squirrel, ID; Roscoe, MT; Big Sky, MT; Felt, ID; Tetonia, ID; Nye, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Gallatin Field Airport (BZN); Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

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