Yellowstone National Park

Just yesterday, in geological time, the area that is now Yellowstone National Park exploded, creating a caldera 35 miles wide and 45 miles long. A mere 640,000 years later, geysers, mud pots, and fumeroles remind visitors that this precious ecosystem remains perched atop a vast hydrothermal underworld. The surface subsides or bulges by several inches annually due to deep migrations of molten rock.

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Latitude: 44.7072 Longitude: -110.628 Elevation: 7928 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for you to enjoy, including the following. 

  • Backcountry Camping & Hiking
  • Boating
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
  • Day Hiking 
  • Fishing
  • Guided Tours & Other Services
  • Horseback Riding and Llama Packing
  • Picnicking
  • Ranger-Led Activities
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Horseback Riding and Llama Packing
  • Guided Tours & Other Services
  • Ranger-Led Activities
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Snowmobiles and Snowcoaches

With so many adventures to choose from, you’ll have some tough decisions to make.

 

Seasons Accessible

Entrances open 24 hours per day during main season (Memorial Day weekend through October).

Winter access: The road between Gardiner, MT and Cooke City, MT is the only road plowed year round for vehicle access. During the winter season, no other roads are plowed and access is possible only via guided snowmobile or snow-coach tours. Summer access: plows typically open roads on the west side of the park by mid-April, then gradually the remaining roads are plowed until everything is generally open by Memorial Day weekend. The park closes for the season the first Monday in November. Ranger-led activities and programs are offered during the summer and winter seasons. The park's official web site (www.nps.gov/yell) provides a wealth of trip planning assistance and extensive information on Yellowstone's natural and cultural resources.

Fees

Yes - contact park or visit website

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