Yellowstone National Park

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 and Yellowstone's kids page.

Kids 11 and under stay for free at park lodges, while discounts for youngsters are available for most Xanterra Parks & Resorts® activities, services and tours. Call (307) 344-7311 or stop at desks at any lodge or activities desks for more information.

Become a Junior Ranger. Pick up a Junior Ranger newspaper for $3 at any visitor center and start tracking animals, predicting geyser eruptions and more. Kids ages 5 to 12 who complete enough activities earn their Junior Ranger patches. The program runs year-round.

Become a WebRanger. Bring national park fun to your computer as a WebRanger. Learn more about your national parks before you visit them, or even if you can't visit them. WebRangers can help you learn how to care for the parks and the world. Visit online at, take the WebRanger pledge and print out and sign your WebRanger membership card. Complete all the activities in one "ranger station" for an award.

See a waterfall! Upper and Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone highlight the incredible beauty and force of waterfalls.

Go on a Photo Safari. Take photos of the animals, geysers and amazing scenery. When you get home, make a scrapbook so you can revisit Yellowstone whenever you want.

Stop in at a visitor center. Visitor centers feature many exhibits of interest to kids. At Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs, for example, kids love the animal displays and the trapper exhibit, which includes all the tools and weapons of the trade.

Watch Old Faithful erupt. No trip to Yellowstone is complete without taking in this magnificent live show, which may be caught, on average, about every 92 minutes.

Hear tales around a campfire. Come to a family campfire program to hear tall tales about mountain men and American Indians, as well as stories and information about bison, elk and bears. Check at any visitor center for program locations.

Pick up a free Kids Activity Book at any hotel dining room. This booklet includes games and activities, including a Yellowstone map sticker game, which kids can complete to redeem prizes! Stop by any dining room operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts® for details!

Hop the stagecoach at Roosevelt. Take a ride in a stagecoach accompanied by the musical cloppety-clop of the hooves of a pair of matched horses. Rides head out several times a day. For more information, please call (307) 344-7311 or stop at lodging front desks or activities desks at any lodge throughout the park.