Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. It was established in 1872. Yellowstone extends through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.  The park's name is derived from the Yellowstone River, which runs through the park. It's unclear if the name first referred to the sulfurous yellow rocks below the falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River or to the sandstone bluffs that border its shores.

Within the massive park boundaries, you can find mountains, rivers, lakes, and some of the most concentrated geothermal activity in the world. The park has 60% of the world’s geysers as well as many hot springs and several mud pots. Perhaps the most famous feature of the park is the geyser Old Faithful.

You can also see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, one of the world’s largest petrified forests, and countless waterfalls. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.

Outdoor recreation is boundless in this iconic national park. Madison and Yellowstone River are stocked with brown and rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. The many bike trails include an abandoned railroad bed that winds along with the wild Yellowstone River. You can backcountry camp or hike on the extensive trail system throughout the entire park, or boat on Yellowstone Lake. Stock outfitters lead horse and llama trips into the backcountry.

Historic points of interest include Fort Yellowstone, the permanent post of the cavalry when they managed the park in the late 19th century before the National Park Service was established in 1916. Old Faithful Inn is one of the last log hotels in the United States and is an impressive seven-story building of beautiful rustic architecture.

The original American national park and an icon of the entire National Park System, Yellowstone National Park is an American gem with millions of park visitors each year. Because of its magnitude and diversity, it is a park that really requires several visits to appreciate all it has to offer. Created in 1872 as the first national park in America, it set the standard for the entire national park system and is for many the most iconic park in the country.

—Caroline Griffith and Felicia Carr

Did You Know

The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region is a 2,000-mile-long wildlife migration corridor encompassing the Columbia, Mackenzie and Rocky Mountain ranges of Canada and the United States. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative works to preserve the mountains, ecosystems, wildlife and human communities of Y2Y.

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Trips

Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

Yellowstone in the springtime is enchanting and offers prime wildlife watching, and we specifically selected these dates to ensure the best wildlife viewing possible before the summer crowds really arrive. This trip is now full but a waitlist is available and September 14 alternate departure still has availability.

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New Year's in Yellowstone 2014/2015

Experience extraordinary opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife in the transformed snowy landscapes in Yellowstone National Park. Only 6 spots are left on this unique winter wonderland journey!

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PJ

December 9, 2013

just reading through some of these comments. This is for Holly B. Yellowstone is the 1st NATIONAL Park in the US, not a state park. I have visited Yellowstone a number of times and each time see something new and more breathtaking.

gavin

November 27, 2013

when do you think it will erupt again?

redskins 21

November 2, 2013

amazing

L Lawliet

October 28, 2013

I had a project and this helped a lot... thank you.

Yosemite Girl

October 26, 2013

The comment on not being the oldest state park doesn't quite work because Yellowstone is a National Park, not a state park. Yosemite is the oldest nationally protected area. Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant during the Civil War to protect the Valley and Sequoia groves. Yellowstone became the first official National park, followed later by the larger Yosemite National Park that encompassed the current boundaries.

michael

September 25, 2013

This the best information about this park!!!!!!!!!

YG

September 24, 2013

I visited this park about a week ago and I can honestly say it was a pretty awesome experience. I'm just a 16 year old who lives in a small town named Greenfield in California, but where I'm from compared to this National Park this Park was the BEST!! THANK YOU!

Holly B

September 19, 2013

You are wrong about this being the oldest State park i have been doing research and have found that Indian Springs State Park was obtained by the state of Georgia in 1825. My source http://outdoornation.org/profiles/blogs/americas-first-state-parks I have been to this park many times. Small but lovely it also has a natural spring that is open to the public to gather water from it. It has some of the best flavor and being all natural is good for you. (you should leave the containers open and covered with a screen until the sulfur smell has faded away for best flavor.) It may be a very small State Park but it is older than Yellowstone from the research I have done on this State Park. Also the park officials have allowed the Native American Peoples to keep a beloved tradition of having a true powwow each year in mid-September.

Simply Wild

August 27, 2013

Bubble bubble toil and... Watch the boiling mud bubble, blurp. It is soooo cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpL5MvBbrWw

JT

August 2, 2013

First time to Yellowstone and Tetons. We are from south Louisiana. It was awesome! Saw all the different animals. We went in Late May. Perfect time.

Bee

May 2, 2013

The article was well written and had some cool facts,but it didn't have the information I was looking for.

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May 2, 2013

best cite I've seen so far.thanks!

BriannasBestie

April 18, 2013

Do you have animals that will attack people there?

pictures

April 2, 2013

I really needed more pictures of the actual park! :/

princessleah

March 10, 2013

did not really help me, but does have some cool facts!

LIINKS

February 27, 2013

Yellowstone is so beautiful and a great place to go !

jennabobenna

February 10, 2013

Well i was looking for more information about the plate techtonics under yellowstone. Do you think you could have them described somewhere?

T&T

January 30, 2013

This site was helpful but can you please give information about the mountains there? That would be really helpful. Thank you T&T

Bubble head

January 30, 2013

Thanks. This really helped on my project

Lucy

January 27, 2013

Could you please talk a little bit more about Old Faithful? It's very intresting, and i want to learn more about it. Thanks!

nat

January 22, 2013

i felt this site was very helpful and intristing

Hobo

January 20, 2013

Really helped me on my school project! Thx!

hi

December 20, 2012

this really helped me on my shool project

shadoe

December 13, 2012

it didnt help me at all:(

Carole

November 30, 2012

I read there is a marked historical site at Emerald Pond to show where Thomas and Louise Brock discovered living microbes in the hot scum on the rim of the pool. Can anyone tell me more about this? Does anyone have a photo they would share? Thanks. Carole

Megan

November 15, 2012

I am finding an example of the six kingdomes in yellowstone but i am having trouble finding them can someone help please.

T.T

November 14, 2012

COOL

amber

November 7, 2012

this is only one attraction not more than one.......i was looking for like all the cool things there....i wish i cold go t yellowsotne though i dream about it every day......this was a good wesite on old faithful though.....i learned a lot.

delaniab

November 7, 2012

love this website! the best for a school project! Wahoooo!

delainab

November 7, 2012

this helped me so much in a project. Wahoooooo!!!!!

Jennifer

October 19, 2012

It's heaven on Earth.

Cookie Monster

October 15, 2012

I just skimmed through it and found interesting things. There is alot of words though. :0

shubdub

October 9, 2012

yellowstone national park is my favourite place

hahaha

October 1, 2012

love it here so natural

dori

September 28, 2012

here is alot of plants in yellowstone

lanie

August 11, 2012

This was my first trip to YNP. I got to share it with my one and only and my parents. It was the best vacation I have ever had. The sights are wonderful and Old faithful was a dream. We spent three days wondering the park looking at the mud pots, petrified tree, wildlife and many waterfalls. On the last day as we were leaving the park God prvided my favorite animal for us to see, the almighty grizzly bear. Our United States of America is beautiful and I thank Him everyday for making it for us to enjoy.

duckette12

August 5, 2012

am surprising my husband with a trip to yellowstone. we live in the flathead valley and hes never been . we have 3 days. wish me luck.lol sorry honey not a missoula trip. hope your not dissapointed. haha

Marblehead!

August 2, 2012

Leaving from Boston on a Goldwing with Jellystone National Park as our primary destination. For the first time ever, I've actually made reservations in Tetons National Park,Yellowstone, and Cody to guarantee we can stay in the parks and enjoy its wonders for several days.

takahik

July 31, 2012

my granddaughter great grandson and I are going to spend 10 days in yellowstone and the tetons , we are from a beautiful area of the rockies but I never tire of your area . the " kids " have never been to yellowstone . imagian their amazement at all they will see!!

gigs

July 30, 2012

my partner and i are going in september! hoping to find great hiking trails and camping.

Anonymous

July 17, 2012

i cant wait to go to yellowstone we are leaving in 3 weeks my kids are soooooooooooo exsided but we still need a hotel !!!

finn

July 14, 2012

I am soooooooooooooooooo excited to go to yellowstone.

The Flying Dutchmen Geocachers

July 14, 2012

Two weeks without TV. Two weeks without internet. Two weeks with minimal cell phone coverage. Two weeks without billboards and other ugly landscape clutter. Roosevelt and all the others were right in conserving the authentic views of the wilderness, valleys and mountains for all of us. We cannot thank them enough for pushing the National Park system.

Russ

July 13, 2012

Had the BEST family vacation of any my family went on. My two daughters actually got to know each other better and the quality time together was made that much better by the magnificent land

Birdina

July 12, 2012

Visited here in the 70's and it is still a thrill to see Old Faithful go off Live each evening. One of my very favorite places and I thank you for giving us the opportunity of watching it from home.

Cricket

July 6, 2012

Yellowstone here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaylee

June 21, 2012

I go here everysummer its my 12th time going her going here on the 29th :D exited to camp at norris

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June 4, 2012

You guys should add something about plants. Because i see nothing about plants.

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May 31, 2012

I am doing a project on Yellowstone national park. And i like your website. It has all the information i need. THANKS.

cool guy

May 11, 2012

it really helped me for my project i really liked learning About it

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