Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide

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Yellowstone National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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    annk says…

     Unbelievable geothermal features, wildlife encounters, beautiful scenery 

  • Con
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    kazander says…

     Limited variety of food in the park and takes a LONG time to get out 

  • In a nutshell
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     One of the most amazing places I have visited. So many new natural wonders I had never seen before. 

Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

  • Geysers/hot springs

    My son spent a lot of time catching the geysers doing their thing. He took a lot of photos of Old Faithful, but he also walked around Upper Geyser Basin and took photos of things bubbling up there and he also saw Castle Geyser which is a cone geyser. The Upper Geyser Basin also boasts the largest concentration of geysers in the world, including...

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  • Old Faithful

    The Largest concentration of geysers in the world is in the Upper Geyser Basin. Check at the Old Faithful Visitor Center to find out when some of these wonderful Geysers are predicted to erupt, but remember, these are just guesses. Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the park and is located in the Upper Geyser Basin. This geyser erupts more...

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  • Mammoth Hot Springs

    The Lower Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs was our first stop of the day. We arrived early morning, just as the big tour groups were hurrying people back into the buses. It was a nice time to explore, it is a fairly large area with lots of boardwalks and stairs, it wasn't too hot out that it would slow us down. The Springs themselves are travertine...

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Yellowstone National Park Hotels

Yellowstone National Park Restaurants

  • Old Faithful Inn

    The Restaurant in Old Faithful Inn is open from mid May to mid October, and is located in the impressive, historic log hotel. The lobby in this inn is 85 feet high, with a huge stone fireplace, and a series of balconies. The restaurant is off of this grand log lobby, and has a rustic ambience. The menu is varied, with mouth watering descriptions of...

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  • Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    Mammoth Hot Springs Dinning Room has great meals in an attractive dinning room. Located near the historic parade grounds of the Mammoth Area, we have never been disappointed with our meals here. The last time we ate lunch here, my husband had bratwurst boiled in beer, then grilled with apple sauerkraut. I had a wonderful Chicken Curry Pot, which...

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  • Snowlodge

    The Obsidian Dining Room opened in 1999, and is open for the winter season, as well as the busy summer season. The dining room seats 106 people. One of the advantages to this restaurant, is that no reservations are accepted, so if you had hoped to eat out in one of the nicer restaurants, only to find out that they are filled with reservations made...

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Yellowstone National Park Nightlife

  • Evening Activities

    Many of the developed areas have evening ranger led talks about various topics within the park. Inquire at the visitor centers, and check the bulletin boards at the information areas and campgrounds. Often in the summer months, departing from Canyon Lodge there is a Twilight Shadows Excursion where you are taken out on a drive as the sun is...

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  • Soak in Paradise (Valley)

    Chico is a rustic, western hot springs resort about 30 miles north of Gardiner, Montana and Yellowstone Park nestled between gorgeous mountains. Chico has two open-air hot springs pools that are much like swimming pools, minus the chlorine.  The small pool averages 104 degrees, and the large one averages 96 degrees.  Hours are 6 a.m. - midnight....

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  • Stargazing and explosions...

    The first time we saw Old faithful erupt was at about 10pm after we had eaten dinner in the Old Faithful Dining Room at the Inn right near by. (Reservations are necessary to eat here. There are no Old Faithful views unfortunately). There were only a very few people about waiting on the benches. One guy was planning on waiting all night. He wanted...

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Yellowstone National Park Transportation

  • Bus Tours

    This is a tour run by Xanterra who also run the hotels at the parks. It is not run by the NPS. This is a full day tour, and travels along the lower portion of Yellowstone's figure eight road system. The major sights include the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and Norris Geyser Basin. On...

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  • Driving

    North Entrance - Near the gateway community of Gardiner, MT West Entrance - Adjacent to the town of West Yellowstone, MT South Entrance is Jackson, WY East Entrance is Cody, WY Please Check the Road Conditons before you travel Please! Map of Yellowstone

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  • Park Maps

    This is a map of Yellowstone National Park. I have highlighted the major destinations described in these travelogues. You can find this map and much more information on the website : http://www.yellowstone-natl-park.com

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Yellowstone National Park Shopping

  • Yellowstone Waterfalls and Their...

    This book contains over 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone. On main roads or in the Back country this book has information about it. Well written researched and organized. This is what waterfall books should be like. Each region is made separate and waterfalls are numbered for easy reference. The book also looks at historical discovery and naming of...

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  • Love Souvenirs:-)

    We bought this really neat sculpture and it is still one of my prized nick-nack:-) It's a scultpure of three howling wolves made from the vulcanic rock from Mount St. Helen, Wa. Do you believe that?....I got the biggest kick out of that because it found itself way over in Yellowstone Park Store in Wyoming. It's part of my southwest collection. This...

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  • Shopping In the Main Developed Areas

    Shops are located in the main developed areas. You will find five in the Old Faithful area, one in Bridge Bay, three in the Lake area, two in the Fishing Bridge area, three in Grant, two in Mammoth, three in the Tower Roosevelt area, and three in Canyon Village. Some of these are mainly gift shops where you can buy a little something for someone...

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Yellowstone National Park Local Customs

  • Fires

    Since the great fires of 1988, the park has increased the number of animals living in it's confines. The fires opened the forest, allowed for new growth, created more 'edges', where wildlife can live and diversity can florish. The easiest place to see it is along the central road from Norris Geyser Basin to Canyon Village. These pictures are...

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  • Regrowth and more critters

    Since the great fires of 1988, the park has increased the number of animals living in it's confines. The fires opened the forest, allowed for new growth, created more 'edges', where wildlife can live and diversity can florish. The easiest place to see it is along the central road from Norris Geyser Basin to Canyon Village.These pictures are 10years...

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  • Continental Divide

    The Continental Divide runs through Yellowstone park. This is the dividing line between waters that run to the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic.

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Yellowstone National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Wildlife

    Here is a fun and interesting example of what human fed ravens did one day in Yellowstone. One morning, as I was sitting in the Cody, Wyoming’s, Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s garden with Isham, our red-tailed hawk, a visitor told me this true story about an observation he had in the parking lot of one of Yellowstone’s geyser areas. As he and...

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  • Driving

    When driving around the park you will undoubtedly see animals. Two problems arise from that. First, many visitors will want to slam on their brakes and take a better look. You may be caught in a traffic jam of people that are just sitting in the middle of the road looking at wildlife. The other problem is that when the animals decide to cross the...

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  • Hot water

    There are several major hazards in Yellowstone. One is the animals, one is the hot water in the thermal springs. There are also hazards due to breaking through the thin crust over the hot internal features. You see those signs everywhere. The National Park Service has the following warning on their website: Scalding Water Can Ruin Your...

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Yellowstone National Park Tourist Traps

  • Old Faithful

    Waited several hours to see Old Faithful.There are so many other beautiful things to see and do besides wait for it to go off.Once it did,It was not as impressive as I imagined and there are way too many people to make this an enjoyable experience. Go to the Old Faithful Inn and get a seat on the outside deck . There is a bar nearby and you can sip...

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  • Have Realistic Expectations

    Yellowstone is many people’s favorite park. It is the most varied park in the nation with more wildlife, more varied landscapes, and one of the few places in the world where you can see geysers. So what isn’t to like? Many people come with expectations that they will have an almost wilderness experience. Think about it though, this is one of the...

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  • Old Faithful

    Waited several hours to see Old Faithful.There are so many other beautiful things to see and do besides wait for it to go off.Once it did,It was not as impressive as I imagined and there are way too many people to make this an enjoyable experience. Go to the Old Faithful Inn and get a seat on the outside deck . There is a bar nearby and you can...

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Yellowstone National Park What to Pack

  • Yellowstone Grand Teton Road Guide

    I ordered a package through the park service and found this guide to be the most useful of items received. Detailed sectional maps are on the left, descriptions of sights on the right. Compact and easy to follow. Easier than following a fold-out map. Guide is $5.95 U.S. Beside purchasing on-line these guides are for sale at all the visitors...

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  • Be Prepared for Anything

    I’m going to tell you to over pack. Although snow is rare in July and August you can get cold weather, rain, or snow during any month of the year in Yellowstone. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Bring shorts, long pants, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, rainwear, and jackets of varying weights. Even in the summer a mid weight jacket may...

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  • the big zoom

    Yellowstone has its share of backcountry camping so if inclined bring your backpack. Otherwise, a small day pack is sufficient for the relatively short hikes in this park. If you are not planning on doing any real hiking, comfortable walking shoes will suffice on most walks in the park. Wear synthetic layers for the very changeable weather in...

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Yellowstone National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Grand Tetons

    If you can, fit in a visit to this neighboring national park, even if it is just a day to drive the park road. From Yellowstone’s South Entrance, the road leads directly into Grand Teton National Park. This park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country. The peaks in the Teton Range stand a...

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  • Wildlife

    It's not exactly wildlife, but when I was in Yellowstone, I took a lot of photos of the trees. Mostly because there are a lot of trees in Yellowstone. When I labeled my photos, a lot of them were labeled "more trees", or in some cases "lodgepole pines" or "forest". My dad thought it was sort of funny that I had so many pictures of trees and that...

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  • Nevada City

    Had a great time peaking into the windows of these buildings.The rustic look of these buildings is so Montana.This area produced more than $30 million dollars in gold in the late 1800's.Some 35,000 people lived in this area at that time.

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Yellowstone National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing Inside the Park

    When we visit the park we see many fly fisherman fishing some of the rivers along the park roads. Fishing season begins on the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend, usually the last weekend in May, and continues through the fist Sunday of November. There are some exceptions to this, so check your park regulations to see where you may and may not...

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  • Winter travel

    There are only two ways to get around the interior of the park in winter; a snowcoach/van or snowmobiles. We took both. I highly recommend a trip into Old Faithful. Then if you can take a tour out from there take advantage of the opportunity.There are cross country ski trails groomed in many parts of the park. If you are able to do this it would be...

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  • Fly Fishing

    We saw quite a bit of fisherman all along the roadside. Permits are required for fishing and boating. Permits are available at Ranger stations. Know the regulations before you fish; many streams are catch-release or fly-fishing only.

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Yellowstone National Park Favorites

  • Wildlife

    Bison clean their hides by rolling in the dust. They often roll in the same location, over and over, killing off the grass in that area, causing a shallow, saucer like depression of dirt or sand. In the early spring, however, the moisture from the snow and early rains may have caused the grass to grow back within these depressions. When this...

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  • Grand Canyon

    Just to give you some geologic history about how the Park was formed... About 600,000 years ago the area that is now the center of the park exploded. At the center of the explosion remained a crater, known as the caldera. The boiling hot springs, fumaroles and geysers are all evidence that the this earth can explode again. The unfortunate event...

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  • Geysers/hot springs

    I have a lot of memories of the trip we took in 1948. Yellowstone was one of the most outstanding of them, and one of the places that I liked best was Morning Glory pool. I did not see it in 2010 - it used to be right on the road, but now it requires more walking than I could do. My grandson went to see it, and his pictures show that it is...

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Comments (2)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Annual National Park Week is April 19-27 this year with lots of special events happening at the parks. Even better, Saturday 4/19 and Sunday 4/30 are FREE admission days so it's a great opportunity to pack up the car with family and/or friends and go check out one of our national treasures!
    http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    8/21/13: A forest fire has temporarily closed part of the Park Loop Road: please reference the park's website for most current conditions:

    nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/p...

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Aug 23, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      8/23/13: Closed section of road has been reopened but it's a good idea to monitor the park website for any future closings due to a number of forest fires currently burning in the area.

 
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