Travel to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park, established on March 1, 1872. It is a huge park, spanning 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles east to west, and totaling 3,472 square miles.

Annual precipitation ranges from 10 inches at the north boundary to 80 inches in the southwest corner. Winters are cold, with a record low of -66 degrees F.

A beautiful bison at full speed in
Yellowstone National Park (Staff Photo)
A beautiful bison at full speed in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Attractions

Yellowstone Lake covers over 131 square miles of area, reaching a maximum depth of 138 feet.

The park sits atop one of the world’s largest calderas at 45 x 30 miles and experiences up to 3,000 earthquakes every year. It features more than 10,000 hydrothermal features and 500 geysers.

Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser erupts about every 74 minutes. But intervals are not constant, and can in fact range from 60-110 minutes. The next eruption time is posted around the park. Old Faithful can vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average of about 130-140 feet. Eruptions normally last between 1.5 to 5 minutes.

 

One of the main attractions in the park is its wildlife, including bears, fox, elk, bison, lynx, 285 species of birds and more.

The National Park Service provides numerous visitor centers, geyser viewing areas, lookouts, museums, and contact stations.

The Park is one of the world's most popular natural attractions, with attendance exceeding 4 million visitors a year.

 

Geysers and steam vents along the river near
Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park
Geysers and steam vents along the river near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park

The Roosevelt Arch at the Gardiner, Montana
north entrance to Yellowstone National Park
The Roosevelt Arch at the Gardiner, Montana north entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Park Location and Access

Yellowstone is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, with small parts of the park also in southern Montana and eastern Idaho.

There are four entrances to the park ... we have been through all of them in our trips to Yellowstone over the years!

The Old Faithful Lodge is located:

  • 113 miles west of Cody, Wyoming
  • 137 miles south of Bozeman, Montana
  • 98 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming
  • 50 miles southeast of West Yellowstone, Montana

 

Visitors walk a wooden bridge across a geothermal area at Yellowstone National Park
Visitors walk a wooden bridge across a geothermal area at Yellowstone National Park



Lodging Options In and Near Yellowstone National Park

 

Lodging in Yellowstone National Park

Nine hotels/lodges with over 2,000 hotel rooms/cabins are located inside of the Park. Camping and wilderness camps are also available.

Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone NP

Lake Yellowstone Hotels & Cabins in the Park

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins in Yellowstone NP

Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Yellowstone NP

Dunraven Lodge in Yellowstone NP

Grant Village Lodge in Yellowstone NP

Cascade Lodge in Yellowstone NP

Lodging Near Yellowstone National Park

The closest lodging outside the park is located in West Yellowstone.

Lodging in West Yellowstone

Lodging in Cody, Wyoming

 

Hotel and lodging options at Yellowstone National Park

 

Our Original Photographs of Yellowstone National Park

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park
Entrance to Yellowstone National Park


 

View toward the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park
View toward the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park

Bison grazing on the grass in Yellowstone National Park
Bison grazing on the grass in Yellowstone National Park

Geyser venting steam in Yellowstone National Park
Geyser venting steam in Yellowstone National Park

Trickling stream of water through the orange-brown grasslands
Trickling stream of water in Yellowstone National Park


 

Lovely stream through a geothermal area
Lovely stream through a geothermal area in Yellowstone National Park

Thundering bison herd down a slope
Thundering bison herd down a slope in Yellowstone National Park

Dozens of bison grazing on the grasslands at Yellowstone National Park
Dozens of bison grazing on the grasslands at Yellowstone National Park

Geothermal activity panorama at Yellowstone National Park
Geothermal activity panorama at Yellowstone National Park

Crystal clear hot boiling water in Yellowstone National Park
Crystal clear hot boiling water in Yellowstone National Park

Geyser ... at rest in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Brilliant, colorful hot water pool at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park


Active geyser at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park



Interactive Map of the Yellowstone National Park Area


For More Information about Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park official website at NPS

 

Phone 307.344.7381 for recorded information. For road and weather information, phone 307.344.2117.