Yellowstone National Park became a park in 1872! There is so much to see and do within Yellowstone! From wildlife to geysers to spectacular views there is something for everyone! When visiting Yellowstone National Park try and give yourself a bit more time than you originally plan if at all possible. The park is huge! Depending on the weather, animal sightings, traffic, road construction and any other thing that seems to happen within the park you may want to return to a section of the park again.
Give yourself as much time as possible to explore the park! While you can drive the entire park in a day it will be a long day and you may not see as much as you want too.
Things to know-
Research the times for Old Faithful during your visit. This will help prevent having to wait for an hour or more to see Old Faithful
If you plan on visiting Yellowstone Falls try and get there early in the day. During the afternoon, the sun is directly behind the falls making it really hard to photograph.
Keep you camera at ready during your drive through the park. You never know when a bear or other wildlife will appear.
If you are vegetarian the black bean burger at the grills inside the park is great.
Pack extra camera batteries and smart cards. You will take more pictures than you plan on
Be careful pulling off on the side of the road. In some areas, the dips are a lot bigger than you expect them to be. In the Lamar Valley, there can be quite a drop on the side of the road. If you have a low clearance vehicle be very careful.
Check the current fee and pass rates on the NPS website to get the update rate structure. You can buy a pass that is good at both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
Be prepared for road construction while driving through the park. You can be delayed for a few minutes to a lot longer.
Check your gas tank while near the few gas stations in the park. The gas stations are pretty spread out so make sure you have enough gas to get from one area of the park to the next.
Bug spray is your friend! Make sure you have some with you.
Getting to Yellowstone
By Air – Cody and Jackson, WY; Bozeman and Billings, MT, and Idaho Falls, ID are close airports that are open year round. The West Yellowstone, MT airport is serviced from June to early September from Salt Lake City, UT. The Jackson, Wyoming airport is great! You can rent a car on site and be in the park quicky. On your way back home you can enjoy comfy leather couches, fireplaces, and a relaxing airport before flying out.
By Car- There are five main entrances to the park. These are open depending on weather conditions. Be prepared that your GPS may not work correctly within the park. Bring a paper map and pick up current maps from the visitor center when you arrive at the park. For current road conditions call (307) 344-2117
~Old Faithful Inn is the largest log structure in the world. Completed in 1904 the Inn includes a 65-foot ceiling, stone fireplace and railings made with local Lodgepole.
-Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.
For more information check out the Yellowstone National Park section of the National Park Service Website.