Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide

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Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

  • Geysers/hot springs

    This Geyser has a high level of iron, giving it an orange appearance. It sits in the Norris Geyser basin one of the oldest and hottest in the park. The basin in on the western end of the grand loop road.

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  • Wildlife

    The Lamar Valley is located in the north-eastern part of Yellowstone National Park. It is named after the Lamar River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River. It is one of the best area for wildlife viewing, and the most likely spot for seeing wolves in the park. A one-way hiking trail leads into the valley, following the course of the river. My...

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  • Mammoth Hot Springs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a cone from a dormant geyser in the Mammoth Springs area. the Geyser once spouted up to 45 feet high when the park was first explored in the 1870's but has been dormant since. its sits in front of the main terrace.

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Yellowstone National Park Hotels

Yellowstone National Park Restaurants

  • Old Faithful Inn

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant has another fireplace with the wood beams and exposed roof/ceiling. Over the fireplace hangs a painting of Old Faithful. Beth's son wrote 'my grandmother and I tried to get a reservation here on the first night, and all we could get was 8:30 p.m. The next day, we ate breakfast here). Breakfast was first come, first served. We got a...

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  • Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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

  • Driving

    This is an open entrance to avoid road construction on your way into the park this year. It also has a grand historic archway for picture taking. It is close to Mammoth just inside the park....

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  • Bus Tours

    Sit back and relax, while letting someone else do the driving. While touring on the historic 1937 touring buses, you will not only enjoy the views, but you will also find interesting narrated trips, where you will hear stories about the past in Yellowstone. You may purchase tickets for All Day Tours, Partial Day tours, or Evening Tours. One evening...

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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

    There was a story in our local newspaper, the Cody Enterprise, about a mountain biker being attacked by a grizzly bear as he rode over Togwotee Pass near the Tetons in Wyoming. (Tetons are just south of Yellowstone.) Kirk was riding along near the wilderness area that is core grizzly habitat in the Yellowstone ecosystem. He saw the bear charging...

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  • Driving

    Maximum speed to drive in the park is 45 miles per hour, or even shower where posted. Drive carefully, many accidents happen each year. Please use pullouts to watch wildlife or pull off on the shoulder of the road. I would recommend that you avoid driving at night, or if you have to be out drive even slower at night, when wildlife are difficult to...

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  • Unstable ground

    The pothole seems to have opened up in the parking lot at the Mudvolcano area. We saw quite a few new thermal "holes" in areas that looked like they did not have any before. This one had some smoke coming out of it ( you can't see it really well on the photo). So, watch where you step, or park...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Grizzly Discovery Center

    The Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, gives visitors a chance to watch the behavior and interactions of wolves and grizzly bears in separate habitats. Photographers will delight in the fact that the animals can be captured from the viewing areas, and with a little luck and perseverance, the animals can be taken without the...

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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

    Antelope are not near as common in the park as I expected. I found these by the north entrance. They tend to prefer flat grasslands which is more predominant in the north of the park and the adjacent areas.

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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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  • 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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Comments (3)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Deal alert! In honor of the NPS' upcoming 100th birthday, the "Every Kid in a Park" program will make every American 4th grader eligible for a FREE ANNUAL PARK PASS for themselves and their families. The pass will allow free access to every national park, monument, forest, seashore and more from fall of 2015 to fall of 2016. So if you'll have a 4th grader in your family next school year, start planning your trip! whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/...

  • 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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