Yellowstone National Park

The First National Park


Entrance to Yellowstone National Park
Roosevelt Arch at North Entrance to Yellowstone
Yellowstone Maps

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in winter.
NPS Photo

The Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance to the park at Gardiner. This is the only year round entrance to the park. NPS Photo

Basic Data

Area:
Yellowstone National Park encompasses 2.2 million acres, spanning over 3,472 square miles in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Elevations:
While most of Yellowstone’s highway system lies at 7,500 to 8,000 feet (2,275-2,427 meters) above sea level, the rest of the park’s elevation runs the gamut. The lowest elevation, 5,314 feet (1,608 meters), is at the park’s north entrance in Gardiner, Montana; the highest elevation, 11,358 feet (3,640 meters), rests on the eastern boundary at Eagle Peak. 

Speed limit:
45 mph (73 kph) or lower where posted.

Thermal features:
Yellowstone National Park boasts over 10,000 known thermal features, and researchers suspect that many others remain waiting discovery. Of these thermal wonders, more than 300 geysers sputter and spew.

Circling near the park’s major scenic attractions, the Grand Loop Road includes the 70-mile (113 kilometers) Upper Loop and the 96-mile (155 kilometer) Lower Loop. Highlights include the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and Old Faithful Geyser. Some attractions do require visitors to park and take a short walk.

Quick tour:
Short on time? Explore just one area of the park. Most people believe that it requires at least three full days to fully see and appreciate all the park’s major features.

General park information:
307-344-7381 (long distance from some park locations).

Yellowstone National Park Official Web Site: www.nps.gov/yell.

Lodging and Services:
Xanterra Parks & Resorts - 307-344-7311 (long distance from some park locations). Information regarding Yellowstone lodging, boating, bus/snowcoach tours and reservations, horseback riding, campground information, group camping data, and future campsite reservations.
www.travelyellowstone.com

Same-Day Campground Reservations: (307) 344-7901

Medical Emergencies: 911

Mammoth Medical Clinic:
(307) 344-7965

Lake Medical Clinic:
(307) 242-7241

Old Faithful Medical Clinic:
(307) 545-7325

Articles & Information

A Brief Overview of Yellowstone
Yellowstone Park Entrances
Entrance Fees & Recreational Permits
Traveling Seasons & Operating Hours
Weather & Climate in Yellowstone
What You Need To Know About Yellowstone
Visitor Precautions
Getting Around Yellowstone NP & Road Information
Yellowstone
Trip Checklist
Yellowstone Lodging
Camping in Yellowstone
Dining In Yellowstone

Wildlife Information
The Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone
Hiking & Camping in Bear Country
Respecting Wildlife with Wilderness Ethics
Wildlife Viewing in Yellowstone
Call of the Wild
Wildlife Safety & Protection
Wolves in Yellowstone

Recreating in Yellowstone
Summer Activities
Winter Activities
Self-Guided Yellowstone Walking Trails
Backcountry Rules

Articles of Interest
Yellowstone Highlights

Photograping in Yellowstone
Day Hikes in Yellowstone
Fire: A Natural Force Shaping Yellowstone
World's Tallest Geyser Erupts
Geothermal Features & How They Work

Mammoth Area:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Mammoth Tour
Historic Highlights
Day Hikes

Norris Area:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Norris Tour
Day Hikes

Madison Area
Natural Highlights
Day Hikes

Old Faithful Area:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Old Faithful Tour
Day Hikes

Canyon Village Area:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Canyon Village Tour
Day Hikes

Tower-Roosevelt Area:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Day Hikes

West Thumb & Grant Village Areas:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Day Hikes

Lake, Bridge Bay & Fishing Bridge Areas:
Natural Highlights
Geological Overview
Historic Highlights
Day Hikes

Gallatin Area
Hikes

Visitor Information

Albright Visitor Center, Mammoth: Daily, year-round. Information, bookstore, and exhibits on wildlife, early history, exploration, and establishment of the park. Films on the national park idea and artist Thomas Moran are shown throughout the day. Call 307-344-2263.

Norris Geyser Basin Museum:
Information, bookstore, and exhibits on the geothermal features of Yellowstone. Call 307-344-2812.

Museum of the National Park Ranger, Norris: Exhibits at historic soldier station trace development of the park ranger profession; video shown. Chat with former National Park Service employees who volunteer at the museum.

Madison Information Station:
Information and bookstore. Call 307-344-2821.

Canyon Visitor Center:
Information, bison exhibit, and bookstore. Call 307-242-2550.

Grant Village Visitor Center:
Information, bookstore, exhibits, video on the role of fire in Yellowstone. Call 307-242-2650.

Grant Village Backcountry Office:
Open when the Grant Village Visitor Center is closed.

Fishing Bridge Visitor Center:
Information, bookstore, and exhibits on the park’s birds and other wildlife. Call 307-242-2450.

Old Faithful Visitor Center:
Information, bookstore, and geyser eruption predictions. A short movie on thermal life is shown throughout the day. Call 307-545-2750.

West Thumb Information Station: Information and bookstore.

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