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Yellowstone National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Yellowstone National Park featuring rapids, a cascade and mist or fog
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.

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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Grant Village - Inside the Park
Grant Village - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
24 Rainbow Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Located in West Thumb, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grant Village Visitor Center and Grant Village Campground. Abyss Pool and West Thumb Geyser Basin ...
3.1/5 (28 reviews)
"I booked the hotel because I needed a bed to sleep in and that’s what I got. No frills or additional comfort amenities."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

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
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser ...
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
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser ...
3.8/5Good! (66 reviews)
Will be coming back again post-Covid
"Great experience! Gorgeous hotel. Covid certainly made things very difficult getting food (and the food we got wasn't great), but the staff were doing the very best they could. This would have been a perfect rating if it were not for Covid."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
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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
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
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
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park
Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
235 Yellowstone Lake Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
725 Old Faithful Lodge Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
Lake Yellowstone Hotel And Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Yellowstone Hotel And Cabins - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
1 Grand Loop Road, PO Box 165, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Lake Yellowstone Hotel And 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
Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
3 out of 5
2 mi south of S. Entrance of Yellowstone, Hwy 89, Moran, WY
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.