Yellowstone National Park
The World’s First National Park
The world’s first national park contains more than two million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls, panoramic vistas, and a remarkable diversity of mammals, birds and fish. Since being declared a national park in 1872 by the US Congress, Yellowstone National Park has attracted many from every state and country, speaking different languages…and they are proud of the treasure that is Yellowstone!
Yellowstone, a geological hotspot
Yellowstone is home to the largest collection of geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles in the world. From the punctual eruptions of the famous Old Faithful Geyser to the constantly changing terraces of the Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park is a geologist’s heaven.
Yellowstone natural wonders
Although Yellowstone National Park is primarily flanked by geysers, mud cauldrons and hot springs, Yellowstone’s lakes, rivers and waterfalls tend to draw the flash of a camera. Set your sights on Yellowstone Lake, one of the world’s largest natural fresh water lakes and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone Country is also home to an abundant and diverse wildlife that include grizzlies, wolves and elk.
Yellowstone outdoor adventures
The best way to experience Yellowstone Country’s natural wonders is to completely immerse yourself in this spectacular setting. Discover Yellowstone National Park while hiking through 1,100 miles of trails or get a little wet during a fly fishing excursion. During the winter months, Yellowstone National Park still brings much to do with snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.
Yellowstone National Park Guides and Tours
Join in an interpretive tour and journey through the park’s wildlife, waterfalls and geysers. Choose from a collection of Yellowstone’s guided tours that suit your exploring preference. Get a hands-on wildlife excursion and learn more on Yellowstone’s wildlife or go beyond the boardwalks and discover Yellowstone’s backcountry during an adventure tour!
General Yellowstone Park Information
Yellowstone National Park is open daily in the summer. Park interior roads close for the winter season the first Sunday in November; open to over-the-snow tracked vehicles in mid-December through mid-March; and reopen for vehicular travel in mid-April or May, weather permitting. Call ahead for opening dates. The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City, Montana is open year round (plowed in winter).
How to Get There
Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming just 52 miles west of Cody on Highway 14-16, & 20. Other entrances into Yellowstone are Highway 89, 287 & 191 in Wyoming, and 20, 287, 191, 89 & 212 in Montana.
The Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is 78 miles from Cody, Wyoming via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296), and 52 miles from the East Entrance via the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway (US 14-16-20).
Access is limited in November and April due to weather conditions. For road construction and general information call 307.344.7381 or 307.344.2117.