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.
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Overview map of Yellowstone facilities and attractions

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1. Mammoth Hot Springs

The boardwalk at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs.

The boardwalk at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs.

A series of striking travertine terraces make this northern hub a can’t-miss stop.

2. Norris Geyser Basin

Emerald Spring in the Norris Back Geyser Basin. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Emerald Spring in the Norris Back Geyser Basin. 

Yellowstone’s oldest and hottest thermal area consists of two walkable zones: Porcelain Basin and Back Basin. You’ll find the world’s tallest geyser, 400-foot Steamboat Geyser, here, as well as a museum and bookstore.

3. Artist Paint Pots

A 1-mile trail winds to brightly colored mudpots, small geysers, and fumaroles (steam vents). A short distance south on the Grand Loop is Gibbon Falls.

4. Madison area

The closest developed area to the West Entrance lies where the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers join to form the Madison. An information station and the Madison Campground are also here. Drive the short side road to Firehole Falls.

5. Lower Geyser Basin

This large thermal area features Fountain Paint Pot and the one-way, 3-mile Firehole Lake Drive.

6. Midway Geyser Basin

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Famous for gorgeous Grand Prismatic Spring, the park’s largest hot spring, Midway is also home to Excelsior Geyser’s 200- by 300-foot crater. Follow the hiking trail to Fairy Falls.

7. Upper Geyser Basin

Bison Herd at Old Faithful

Bison Herd at Old Faithful

If you visit only one thermal zone, make it this one. At least 150 geysers pack into one square mile here, including the world’s most famous, Old Faithful.

8. Old Faithful area

Here you’ll find Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge, and the Snow Lodge, along with a gift shop and clinic.

9. Shoshone Lake

The Lower 48’s largest backcountry lake offers superb paddling and camping along its shores. You can reach the backcountry Shoshone Geyser Basin from a trail on the lake’s northwest end.

10. Bechler area

Called “Cascade Corner” for its abundance of waterfalls, this remote zone offers fantastic wildlife habitat and backcountry hot spring Mr. Bubbles.

11. Grant Village

The park’s southern hub houses Grant Village Campground, Visitor Center, and Lodge, plus a café and gas station.

12. West Thumb

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake

This area around Yellowstone Lake’s “thumb” has its own small geyser basin and an information station.

13. Bridge Bay

Launch or rent a boat or catch a guided fishing tour at this marina.

14. Lake Village

This shoreline hub offers lodging and several cafés. Pick up the Elephant Back Trail from this area.

15. Fishing Bridge

Yellowstone's Fishing Bridge. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Yellowstone's Fishing Bridge. 

The complex includes Fishing Bridge RV Park, a museum, a visitor center, café, and a gas station.

16. Yellowstone Lake

North America’s largest high-elevation lake, Yellowstone Lake offers boating, paddling, and quiet camping. The South and Southeast Arms in particular offer solitude and wildlife habitat.

17. Thorofare Valley

Yellowstone’s southeastern corner is famed for its prime wildlife habitat and the wild Yellowstone River. Lucky hikers may hear or see grizzlies, moose, bald eagles, elk, and wolves here.

18. Hayden Valley

Bison in Hayden Valley by Jeff Vanuga

Bison in Hayden Valley

This central valley (an old lakebed) is one of the best spots in the country to see bison, plus grizzles, coyotes, wolves, moose, and osprey.

19. Pelican Valley

A hotbed for grizzly activity, this zone is closed from spring to early July, then open only for dayhiking. Hike in groups and follow bear safety practices if you explore this area.

20. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

This stunning, 1,200-foot canyon houses 109-foot Upper Falls and 308-foot Lower Falls. Uncle Tom’s Trail on the South Rim, a staircase bolted to the canyon’s side, delves into the chasm.

21. Canyon Village

This complex houses Canyon Lodge, Campground, gas, and a few cafés.

22. Dunraven Pass

The 8,859-foot pass is the trailhead for a 3.1-mile hike up Mt. Washburn. A 19-mile leg over Dunraven Pass closes completely in winter and typically reopens by the end of May.

23. Tower-Roosevelt area

The ideal launch point for exploring Lamar Valley, this area features Roosevelt Lodge, cafés, and a campground. Stop by the Tower Falls area off of the Grand Loop.

24. Blacktail Plateau Drive

Scan for deer, elk, and other wildlife on this one-way scenic drive.

25. Lamar Valley

A grizzly bear in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. Photo by NPS Neal Herbert

A grizzly bear in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. 

Ground zero for grizzly and wolf watching, this northeastern valley is also home to bison, and badgers.

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