Yellowstone National Park

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Embark on a thrilling outdoor adventure at the oldest and largest national park in the United States. You’ll come across one magnificent view after another.

Yellowstone National Park is a colossal wilderness of diverse landscapes and ecosystems, a natural playground of mountains, roaring waterfalls, volcanic phenomena, bears and bison.

The park was established in 1872 to preserve and protect its 2.2 million acres (890,308 hectares) as a rugged retreat.

Beneath the forests, springs and mountain peaks is an active volcanic system. Although the last major eruption was 640,000 years ago, its presence is revealed at the surface with steam vents, geysers, mud pools and superheated water pools. Visit Mammoth Hot Springs and walk along the boardwalks that trail around some of these hydrothermal features.

Make your way to the park’s most popular attraction, Old Faithful. The world-famous geyser erupts about 17 times a day. According to park officials, the intervals between eruptions can be from 60 to 120 minutes. Prediction times are posted at the Old Faithful Visitor Center. An eruption can last several minutes, expelling thousands of gallons of boiling water and steam high into the air. While you are in the area enjoy the park’s other sights. Old Faithful is situated in Upper Geyser Basin, a 1-square mile (2.59-square kilometer) area that contains over 150 geysers.

Hiking is a great way to explore Yellowstone’s wilderness there are more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of trails. Some have gentle slopes and are suitable for most people while others can be challenging. Among the most popular hikes are those around Old Faithful, the Geyser Hill Loop and day hikes in the canyon area. Yellowstone’s canyon is approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) long and more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) deep in places.

Experienced hikers used to strenuous conditions may take the Observation Peak trail. It climbs 1,400 feet (425 meters) in 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) to a mountain peak overlooking Old Faithful Village.

Yellowstone National Park is open every day of the year. There are five entrances. Any of these will take you to the Grand Loop Road, the figure-eight trail that links many of the park’s principle features. Some entrances and roads may be closed during the cold winter months.

For a full list of amenities, activities including camping and sports and safety advice, visit Yellowstone’s pages on the U.S. National Park Service’s official website.

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Top Hotels Close to Yellowstone National Park

Grant Village - Inside the Park
Grant Village - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
24 Rainbow Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Popular attractions Yellowstone National ...
3.3/5 (199 reviews)
"We were going to camp - but due to my sinus problems, decided staying on the property was best. It was nice we got to stay in the park!"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Grant Village - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this historic hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy 2 restaurants, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Old Faithful and Old ...
3.5/5 Good! (68 reviews)
"Rustic and glorious! So close to Old Faithful and roaming bison."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this business-friendly lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (122 reviews)
"Pretty lodge, with a good amount of space in the common areas for games. Room was immaculate, had sufficient space and great lighting. Internet is enough to do simple browsing, and streaming. I found a number of website were blocked (stackexchange, reddit). There was no tv in the room but you don't ..."

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
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Yellowstone Lodge
Yellowstone Lodge
2 out of 5
251 S. Electric Street, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
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Grant Village - Inside the Park
Grant Village - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
24 Rainbow Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Grant Village - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
725 Old Faithful Lodge Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
235 Yellowstone Lake Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
459 Lake Village Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
250 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
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