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Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Yellowstone National Park featuring a river or creek and forest scenes

Go from one amazing attraction to another, with each one having its own unique features that never fail to fascinate.

With its 3,472 square miles (8,991 square kilometers) spanning three states, Yellowstone National Park is an impressive place to visit. It’s located over a subterranean volcano, resulting in an array of hydrothermal and geological features. Experience geysers in the park, watch wildlife, see a painted pool or listen to a mountain that is never quiet.

The world evolved billions of years ago, but this park still shows signs of development. Some of the turmoil from that ancient time is visible in the area of the park’s caldera, the remnants of a smoldering volcano. Notice hot springs and fumaroles, which indicate activity happening far beneath Earth’s surface.

Despite the internal heat, a high-altitude cold lake is located in this portion of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Yellowstone Lake at an elevation of 7,733 feet (2,357 meters) above sea level, making it North America’s largest high-elevation lake.

Among the various water features in the park, you’ll find numerous waterfalls, with Gibbon Falls one of the favorites. Fountain Paint Pot and Grand Prismatic Spring are bodies of hot, acidic water exhibiting incredible colors. Let your imagination wander at Dragon’s Mouth Springs where gases and steam from inside a cave give the illusion that a mythical creature lives within.

Old Faithful is one of about 500 geysers in the park, which has more than half of the world’s total geysers. The famous geyser is almost certain to put on a show while you’re at its visitor center. Refer to the National Park Service timetable for eruption schedules of this and other geysers.

Geological features are also fascinating, such as Roaring Mountain. It provides an eerie sight with no vegetation on one side and plumes of steam releasing hissing noises. These hot plumes, or fumaroles, are found throughout the park. Spot wildlife in Lamar Valley. Herds of bison are a common sight.

Have a great family vacation traveling around Yellowstone National Park. You can pay the weekly or annual fee at one of five entrances. Note that some roads close during winter.

Where to stay in Yellowstone National 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
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Canyon Visitor Education Center and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Lower Yellowstone ...
3.5/5Good! (348 reviews)
"Beautiful facility. It's the National Park Services flagship eco lodge. Nice laundry room. Wifi only in main lodge. No TV, which I don't mind. Nice place to sit outside. Canyon village, with shops and eateries, is a 7 minute walk away. Wildlife, even bison, come onto the property."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2 Mammoth Hotel Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Situated in a national park, this hotel is steps from Fort Yellowstone Historic District, Osprey Falls Trail, and Albright Visitor Center. Mammoth Hot Springs ...
4.2/5Very Good! (66 reviews)
"The property was in perfect condition with wonderful atmosphere. The rooms were amazing and the bathroom was especially beautiful. I loved seeing the bison and the elk that wander the property."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
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Wander Camp Yellowstone
Wander Camp Yellowstone
2 out of 5
Old U.S. Hwy 191, Island Park, ID
The price is $134 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Situated in a rural location, this campground is 20 mi (32.3 km) from Yellowstone Park West Entrance.
4.1/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
"Our family really enjoyed this unique accommodation. The view was tremendous and the stargazing was out of this world! This tent was surprisingly spacious and bedding very comfortable and warm."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Wander Camp Yellowstone
Terra Nova Cabins
Terra Nova Cabins
3 out of 5
35 Kirkwood Creek Road, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $272 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is steps from Gallatin National Forest and Hebgen Lake. Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Park West Entrance ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (216 reviews)
"Nice over all but no AC"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Terra Nova Cabins
Cabin Village
Cabin Village
2.5 out of 5
4147 N Big Springs Loop Rd, Island Park, ID
The price is $249 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in Island Park, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Caribou-Targhee National Forest and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Mack's Inn Playhouse. Big Springs and Henrys ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"The cleanest place I have ever stayed. We loved it and wished we booked more than one night there."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Cabin Village
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