Movies Featuring Yellowstone

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

Everyone knows about the beautiful Ken Burns documentary ("The National Parks: America's Best Idea") showcasing the nation's parks. But who saw "2012" starring John Cusack? Well at 1:08-minute marker of the below clip you can see what the end of the world looks like while driving around Yellowstone in an RV with John Cusack and a cute kid.

And in one of Paul Walker's first films (Walker became famous for the Fast & the Furious franchise and infamous for the fiery car crash that killed him in 2013), he and fellow surfer dude Stew are mistaken for Yellowstone park rangers come to rescue the park from evil.

Seeing a movie trend here?

In 2005 the BBC released a made-for-television movie called "Supervolcano". Lucky for you, the whole two-hours is available on YouTube (quality is variable).

But it wasn't always doom and gloom when it came to Yellowstone movies. In 1959, people swooned over Clint Walker, star of "Yellowstone Kelly," in a plot in which a fur-trapper fell in love with an Arapahoe woman. 

In the early 1900s several silent films were shot in the park including "Cupid Angling" from 1918 starring Ruth Roland and "Seeing America" in 1916 - both of these films were also shot in Yosemite National Park.


Fake Explosion

Is Yellowstone Going to Blow? Exaggerated Reports of Volatility

As long as there's been a National Park seated on a super volcano, there's been erroneous reports of impending doom.

Officers Row has some of the 35 remaining structures from the 1890s to the early 1900s when the U.S. Army oversaw Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Sheffieldb via Flickr

Historic Fort Yellowstone Remains in Park Today

U.S. Army cavalry men protected the park from poachers and those looking to exploit its natural resources before the National Park Service 32 years later.

Little Bighorn Memorial

Yellowstone Country Is Indian Country

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Yellowstone elk sticking out his tongue

Funny and Tragic Tales in our National Parks

At What Altitude Does a Deer Become an Elk? Read a compilation of mostly funny, some weird and a few tragic tales of adventures in our national parks.


Ghosts of Yellowstone

With geysers hissing and the earth gurgling, it’s no wonder that Yellowstone National Park is home to its share of ghost stories.

Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Moose in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

About 800 moose inhabit the southern part of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and surrounding national forests.

Dan Wenk

Q&A with Yellowstone's Superintendent Dan Wenk

Superintendent Dan Wenk reminisces about the last century and shares thoughts about the challenges and opportunities for the next century.

Stagecoach at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone

The History of West Yellowstone

The trip E.H. Harriman, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, and Frank J. Haynes, president of Monida & Yellowstone Stage Line, made to Yellowstone National Park in 1905, led to the existence of the town of West Yellowstone.

Philetus Walter Norris in his trapper clothing

Yellowstone's First Park Superintendents

Horace Albright, Nathaniel Langford, and Philetus Norris were essential to the success of Yellowstone National Park, and quite the characters.