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Photographer in the mist of a geyser basin in Yellowstone

2021 National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape, a wildlife pic, or a Milky Way shot, send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

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Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Music Revues

Gatherings across the West celebrate the heritage and history of ranching, cowboys, western music and the traditions of the rural West.

Interior of the Occidental Hotel. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

8 Best Historic Hotels in Yellowstone Country

Stay or just visit the historic hotels near Yellowstone including Old Faithful Inn, Occidental Hotel, Irma Hotel, The Elephant Head Lodge and the Lake Hotel

A family camping in a national park

Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.

Mud Volcano Dragon's Mouth Hot Spring

Listen to the Recorded Sounds of Yellowstone

Free access to audio clips of people, animals and nature (think a bubbling geyser), many of which have been recorded in the Greater Yellowstone area.

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Quick Overview Map of the Black Hills plus Official Badlands National Park Map

Download a PDF region map showing South Dakota and Wyoming parks plus an official map of Badlands National Park.

Bison on the road near Yellowstone National Park

Win a Yellowstone Vacation Plus a Road Trip to the Park

Enter through Feb 23, 2021 to win an adventure starting from one of four cities and ending with a 3-day guided tour and lodging in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone's Map Room in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins

Mammoth offers a chance to see elk grazing around the travertine terraces as the hotel sits alongside what was once Fort Yellowstone.

A snowy spring day at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone

Springtime in Yellowstone

Visit Yellowstone during its warming-up season—spring. Here are the road, camping and facilities opening dates.

Kids skiiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming

Jackson Hole Central Reservations

One call for lodging, activities & discounts on airfare. Local experts on Yellowstone and Grand Teton make vacation planning effortless.

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A Quick Overview Map of Yellowstone

Start here with a map showing the locations of 25 areas of Yellowstone including visitor information centers, camping, lodging, dining, and geysers.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Courtesy photo

Top Museums - 6 On the Way Plus 2 Inside Yellowstone

Get out of the car and learn something at these amazing museums on the way to the park. Plus... two museums inside Yellowstone.

Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn at night

Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park

Stay at one of the most famous places in Yellowstone next to Old Faithful. Seven stories high, it's predominant feature is its gabled, shingled roof.

Elk grazing outside of the Mammoth Dining Room in Yellowstone. Photo by Tommy Tex 2001 via Flickr

Yellowstone’s Historic Mammoth Dining Room Restaurant

There are few places in the world where you can enjoy an elegant breakfast while watching bison roam outside your restaurant window.

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John Colter - The Mystery of the Stone and the Legend of the Run

Is the stone a fake or does it mean Colter was the first Yellowstone explorer. Also read about Colter's run from Blackfeet Indians which inspired a movie.

Sunset on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park

Would You Paddle Past Deadman's Bar on the Snake River?

Three murdered bodies discovered in the Snake River in the late 1800's have yet to find justice.

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Mysterious Sounds like Whispers on Lake Yellowstone

What are the strange sounds? Some talk about ghosts and lost-at-lake souls. A paranormal investigator and Yellowstone's historian talks about the mystery.

Badlands Formations in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

This 3-unit park is known for amazing wildlife (bison and elk), 95 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, water sports, and inspiring a president.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone Park

Bear Hibernation and Reemergence in Yellowstone

When do the Yellowstone bears hibernate and when do they wake and come out of their dens? See photos and watch a video.

A grizzly bear wandering among the pine trees near Swan Lake in Yellowstone

Important Food Source for Yellowstone Bears In Trouble

A history of fire suppression, rampant insect infestation, an invasive fungal plague, and global warning adds up to likely extinction for the whitebark pine.

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Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming

Located an hour from the park, Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the year-round aviation gateway to America’s first national park and NW Wyoming.

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Major Fires Burning in Yellowstone

August 2013: Three large fires and a collection of smaller blazes are burning in Yellowstone National Park. The Alum Fire, Alder Fire, and Druid Fire.

Bunsen Peak Trail in Yellowstone

Your Perfect Week in Yellowstone

Lucky you—with up to a week in the park, you can mix and match your favorite activities in and around Yellowstone for an unforgettable vacation.

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Two Perfect Days in Yellowstone. One Watching Wildlife, and One Geysers

Rookie mistake: trying to see everything at Yellowstone in a day. Instead of spending the whole time driving, pick one of these itineraries and make the most of your 24 hours.

Bison in Yellowstone

Your Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Yellowstone

Long weekend in Yellowstone? You’ll have time to explore some of the lesser-visited parts of the park.

Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park

Where Should I Stay in Glacier National Park?

Inside the park are nine different lodging options divided between the west side and east side ranging from rustic chalets to grand lodges.

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Where to See Bears in Yellowstone

From 1980 to 2005, over 37,000 bear sightings from park visitors have been reported to park managers...

Fairy Falls. Photo by C. Sagan

Fairy Falls Trail to Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone

See an incredible waterfall and two geysers along this hike starting near the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring off the Grand Loop Road.

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight

8 Best Yellowstone Geyser Basins and Map

A map showing Yellowstone's geyser basins including the Upper Geyser Basin with Old Faithful and Morning Glory Pool, and nearby Grand Prismatic.

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17 Best Hot Springs & Pools In and Near Yellowstone

The Yellowstone area has many places to go swimming and soak in the natural mineral hot springs.

Swimming in Yellowstone's Boiling River

Swim in Yellowstone's Boiling River

Find out exactly how to get to Yellowstone's Boiling River and the rules and regulation for this hot spring near the Mammoth area of the park.

Rafting the Yellowstone River. Photo by Ondrus courtesy of Paradise Adventure Company

Paradise Adventure Company

Go on the horseback ride or raft the longest free-flowing river in America, the Yellowstone. Class II and III rolling rapids are perfect for beginners to experienced rafters.

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Lodge at Deadwood in South Dakota

When you arrive at the Lodge at Deadwood, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the breathtaking panoramic view of the Black Hills and the high plains of Western South Dakota.

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Movies Featuring Yellowstone National Park

Documentaries aside, movies about Yellowstone National Park tend to focus on fiery natural disasters.

Crust waves of a geyser at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Scientists Find 4X Magma Under Yellowstone's Supervolcano

Yellowstone’s plumbing system is no larger - nor closer to erupting - than before but now we have advanced techniques to map the system. See animation of magma chamber.

Executive Lodging in Sturgis, S.D. Courtesy photo

Executive Lodging of the Black Hills in Sturgis & Deadwood

Stay in rustic homes, log cabins, luxury accommodations, with a clubhouse, swimming pool, and everything in between.

"Lunch Counter - For Bears Only" at Old Faithful, southeast of the upper Hamilton Store, and Ranger Naturalist Walter Phillip Martindale;

No More Lunch Counter for Yellowstone Bears

Today, it would be unheard of for people to intentionally feed bears but in the early 1900s it was common practice.

This 1894 photo of Yellowstone soldiers posing with bison killed by a poacher led to national public outcry and spurred Congress to give the Army the power to prosecute park violators. Photo by NPS

The Photo that Saved the Bison in Yellowstone

A 1894 photo of Yellowstone soldiers posing with bison killed by a poacher led to national public outcry and spurred Congress.

The monument to mark the Geographic Center of the United States north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Super 8 Belle Fourche in South Dakota

Situated on Route 85, the hotel is just minutes from popular attractions such as the Center of Nation Monument.

Shoshone-Bannock Festival

Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival

If you're heading to Yellowstone this summer, via Idaho, be sure to stop at the 51st Annual Shoshone-Banncock Festival August 9-12, 2018.

Queen Settler Room at the Elk Country Inn

Elk Country Inn in Jackson, Wyoming

One of four Town Square Inns. With 400 rooms and cabins combined, you have more options to meet your style and budget than any other hotelier in town.

Under Canvas at Mount Rushmore

Glamp at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Enjoy stunning views of Mount Rushmore from your private luxury tent in a peaceful location away from the crowds of the parks.

Treehouse tent at Under Canvas Glacier

Glamp at Under Canvas Glacier

Get back to nature without giving up the comforts and amenities you’d expect with upscale accommodations, but in a tent at Glacier National Park.

Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone, Montana

Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone, Montana

Located at West Yellowstone, Montana just two miles from Yellowstone and close to Big Sky, Island Park. Delta Connection is the exclusive commercial carrier.

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Buy the Yellowstone Magazine

All about Yellowstone and the road trips to the park with tips on where to stay, things to do, and where to stop on the way. Choose paper or digital.

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Official Yellowstone National Park Map PDF

This map is an essential tool to planning a vacation. Note the route of the Grand Loop Road and the attractions of the park before you decide where to stay.

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Official Grand Teton National Park Map PDF

See park entrances, visitor centers and the route through the Memorial Parkway to Yellowstone. The map also shows the major recreational lakes and rivers

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Official Glacier National Park Map PDF

This is an essential tool to planning a vacation. Note the route of Going To The Sun Road, attractions on the west and east sides in U.S., plus the Canadian Waterton Lakes.

Bison Cow and Calf at the National Bison Range in Montana.

11 Places to Watch Wildlife Beyond Yellowstone

Catch wildlife-viewing fever in Yellowstone? You can see magnificent animals far beyond the park’s boundaries in Wyoming, Idaho or Montana.

Pahaska Tepee Resort near Yellowstone's east entrance

Pahaska Tepee Resort near Yellowstone's East Entrance

Originally Buffalo Bill's hunting lodge, the Pahaska Tepee Resort is the closest lodging to the park's east entrance at only 2 miles.