Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

Inscribed 1978

Visit Yellowstone and experience the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Yellowstone contains half of all the world’s known geothermal features and has the world’s largest concentration of geysers (two thirds of all those on the planet!).

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Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for you to enjoy. With so many adventures to choose from, you’ll have some tough decisions to make.

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Visit Gibbon Falls. This 84-foot (26-meter) waterfall tumbles over remnants of the Yellowstone Caldera rim.

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Mammoth Hot Springs is Yellowstone’s only major thermal area located well outside the Yellowstone Caldera. The terraces change constantly—sometimes noticeable within a day.

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Artist’s Point is a popular park destination. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is roughly 20 miles long, measured from the Upper Falls to the Tower Fall area. The canyon was formed by erosion as Yellowstone River flowed over progressively softer, less resistant rock.

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Yellowstone National Park entrance.

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Map of Yellowstone National Park.