All about Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is the world’s oldest National Park.  The wonders of Yellowstone has inspired generations of humans.  It inspired early European and American explorers that they worked to protect both the wildlife and the hot springs.  There were many mistakes made in the early years of the park, but those mistakes laid the foundation for modern park management and protection.   Today, visitors can see herds of bison, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves.  As well, they can walk around hot springs and watch geysers erupt.  Yellowstone is the only national park located in three states – Wyoming, Montana, Idaho.

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Yellowstone National Park Profile

Region Intermountain Region
Park Size2,219,791 acres (3468.42 sq miles) (8983.18 sq km)
About the size of the island of Puerto Rico
Elevation Highest point: 11,358 feet (3,462 m) at Eagle Peak Summit
Lowest point: 5,282 feet (1,610 m) at Reese Creek
Location Park  and Teton County, Wyoming
Gallatin and Park County, Montana
Fremont County, Idaho
Nearby CitiesCody, Wyoming
Gardiner, Montana
Red Lodge, Montana
West Yellowstone, Idaho
Founding DateYellowstone National Park – March 1, 1872
Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site – 1978
Visitors  4,115,000 (in 2018) 
Busy SeasonMay to September
Visitor Centers Albright Visitor Center – Open Year Around
Grant Visitor Center – Late May to Early October
Fishing Bridge Visitor Center – Late May to Early September
Canyon Visitor Education Center – Late April to Early November
Norris Geyser Basin Information Station – Late May to Late September
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center – Late April to Early November
Madison Information Station – Early June to Early October
Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $35
7-day Motorcycle Pass – $30
7-day Individual Pass – $20
Annual PassYellowstone National Park Pass – $70
American the Beautiful Pass – $80
Pets Yes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Yellowstone Pet Policy.

Yellowstone National Park Climate 

Jan Feb MarAprMayJun
Average high in °F:293440496070
Average low in °F:101317263431
Av. precipitation in inch:1.10.751.11.22.01.5
Av. Snowfall in inch:14.510.413.15.91.50.1
JulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high in °F:807868563931
Average low in °F:474537291912
Av. precipitation in inch:1.51.41.31.01.01.0
Av. Snowfall in inch:000.53.79.013.5

Yellowstone National Park Guide

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Golden Spike National Historic Site
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park
    • Big Hole National Battlefield
  • City of Rocks National Reserve

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8 hour drive):

  • Glacier National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Fossil Butte National Monument
  • Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Fort Laramie National Historical Site
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park
    • Visitor Center
    • Bear Paw Battlefield
    • Heart of the Monster
    • Canoe Camp
    • White Bird Battlefield

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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