The king of all National Parks – Yellowstone is also the oldest. It’s the most popular summer destination in the West. And no wonder! Natural phenomenon like geysers and hot pots, frequent sightings of bison, bears, and elk, and refreshing mountain air and scenery make this a do-not-miss! destination.

Foreword

Everyone wants to visit Yellowstone. It’s consistently in the top 10 most visited parks. This means there’s a lot to take into account: weather, lodging, safety, best practices, price… The park is incredibly beautiful, and we want to stress that this is public land. Please be considerate when you visit. Heavy usage means many areas are fragile, and some are dangerous. Take care and be courteous and responsible to land , wildlife, visitors, and the wonderful Park Service who makes your trip possible.

Attractions & Exploration

  • easyGrand Prismatic – is the largest hot spring in the park and is bordered by a gentle boardwalk in the Midway Geyser Basin.
  • easyLower Falls/Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – the largest waterfall in the park has many accessible overlooks. Hiking to the base of the falls is moderately difficult. Gentle trails run the rim of the canyon.
  • moderateMount Washburn – a moderate hike to the top of one of the tallest peak in the park provides awe-inspiring views and a chance to visit a fire lookout.
  • Ranger Programs – many education experiences are offered multiple times a week at Yellowstone campgrounds. Check in at any ranger station or campground information board for times.

Activities

  • climbing (rock/ice)
  • cycling
  • biking (mtn)
  • backpacking
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • skiing/boarding (backcountry)
  • snowshoeing
  • swimming
  • bird watching
  • boating (power)
  • canoeing
  • cultural/historical
  • equestrian/horseback
  • fishing
  • museums
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sledding
  • stargazing
  • wild-life viewing

Camping & Lodging

Campground Price/Night Distance Hookup Dumping
Fishing Bridge RV Park $47.75  – full services
Grant Village Campground $28.00  –
Grizzly RV Park $60 and up >20 mi full services

 

Season

 summer season

Summer – Like all National Parks, Yellowstone is open year round. However, almost everything is open from late May to early September only. The off-season is wonderfully quiet, but often much of the park is inaccessible due to snow. Visitors must lodge outside of the park or remote camp (tent only).

Considerations

  • The short-lived summer warmth brings millions of visitors. Expect traffic, rarity of campsites, and crowds.
  • Get off the beaten path for some solitude! Did you know most visitors don’t travel more than a 1/2 mile up any given trail?
  • Early risers see more wildlife and have more of the park to themselves while most sleep. Natural attractions are always open.
  • Wildlife is wild! And hot springs are hot! Be considerate of both and keep your distance. (They’re unpredictable)

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