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America’s oldest national park, Yellowstone National Park is primarily located in the great state of Wyoming. The 3,468 square miles of the park also extends partially into Montana and Idaho. Comprised of lakes, canyons, rivers and beautiful mountain ranges, Yellowstone offers numerous recreational opportunities. 

Geyser erupting in Yellowstone National Park

With hundreds of species of plants and animals, a rich history of early settlers to the area, and countless ecology and geology lessons, a trip to Yellowstone is an educational experience for all ages. The sheer magnitude and beauty of Yellowstone National Park will create a memorable experience for all those who encounter this national treasure.

Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Facts:

  • Yellowstone is the first national park, signed into law by Ulysses Grant on March 1st, 1872.
  • World’s largest collection of geysers can be seen in the park, the most popular, Old Faithful, erupts approximately every 90 minutes.
  • The park is home to large herds of buffalo and elk that roam free, along with bears and wolves.
  • Yellowstone is one of the last nearly intact natural ecosystems left on earth.
  • Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for 11,000 years.
  • July is the most popular month for visiting Yellowstone.
  • The park is 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles west to east, larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware.
  • Natural wildfires occur every year (to varying degrees). The largest Yellowstone fire was in 1988.

There is an abundance of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Here, a grizzly bear cub plays in the springtime. 

Entrance Fees

VehiclesThe entrance fee is $30 per vehicle to visit Yellowstone National Park for 1-7 days. Grand Teton National Park is a separate pass for $30. People visiting both parks can save $10 by purchasing a $50 two-park vehicle pass, also valid for 1-7 days.

Motorcycles: Motorcycles can enter Yellowstone for $25 for 1-7 days or both parks for $40.

Individuals: Per-person fees are $15 for Yellowstone or $20 for both parks for cyclists to use the Pathway system.

Annual Passes: Yellowstone’s annual pass is $60. This pass offers visitors an option that is less expensive than the $80 Interagency Pass. Senior Interagency Pass is $10. Military passes and Access passes (for people with permanent disabilities) are free. 

A walking path in Yellowstone National Park