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Yellowstone National Park

  • Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

Overview

  • Mahtab Beheshti

Yellowstone National Park is truly a magical place. Located in the North West corner of Wyoming bordering Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone is a phenomenon unmatched anywhere else in the world. Huge historical volcanic eruptions have formed a 30- by 45-mile caldera or basin which is a part of today’s park. The magmatic heat powering those eruptions still powers the park’s geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots which you see at every corner of the park.

Animals roam the park freely in great numbers. The wildlife includes bison (buffalo), elk, grizzly and black bears, wolves, trumpeter swans, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Visitors are encouraged to carry bear spray on hikes and to make noise so as not to surprise the bears. Bears are harmless and wonderful to watch unless if they feel threatened.

From rivers to lakes to waterfalls, there’s no shortage of amazing hikes. Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon makes for great views of the river and waterfalls while hiking its ridges.

Yellowstone’s main travel thoroughfares are the five entrance roads and the Grand Loop Road. On the Loop, you will find many visitor centers, museums, boardwalks, and scenic side roads. Shaped like a figure eight, the Grand Loop is approximately 142 miles long with the average speed limit of 45 mph. The rest of the park is backcountry, traversed by some 1,000 miles of trails.

Weather changes so rapidly in Yellowstone and from one section to the other you might go from sunny to rainy to freezing in a matter of hours. Always dress in layers and carry rain gear with you.

Staying in the park: There are 9 lodges and over 2,000 rooms available in Yellowstone’s hotels, cabins, and lodges. They become available on May 1 st for the following summer. In order to get your choice of rooms, you’re encourage to make your reservation in the first couple of days as Tour companies book most of the rooms in the first week.

Visitors can stay right outside the park in West Yellowstone, Montana or any other surrounding cities close to the 5 different entrances to the park.

For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/lodging.htm

Hike to Lost Creek Falls(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): This is a great beautiful hike to an amazing waterfall in Lost Creek. It’s an easy 1 mile hike to a 40-foot waterfall along Lost Creek and is the most secluded waterfalls with many opportunities to spot wildlife and wildflowers. The hike begins behind the Roosevelt Lodge in the Tower Roosevelt area of Yellowstone.

Hike to Lamar Valley Outlook near Specimen(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): This is a 4.2 mile hike in Yellowstone Lamar Valley with an optional 17.7 mile Specimen Ridge Trail. The valley offers a wide open space through rolling hills and many different trails. It’s great for a longer quieter hike.

Explore Midway Geyser(Fall-Spring)(Beginner): The Midway Geyser Basin is one of the most colorful and steamy basins in the world. The amazing colors will leave visitors in awe along with the beautiful backdrop of the forest and surrounding area.

Drive the Firehole Lake Loop(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): This is one of the hidden gems in Yellowstone where you’ll find solitude and quietness along with a beautiful view. The drive is a 2 mile one way road, near the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. The area offers several unique and beautiful thermal features in this area.

Hike above Grand Prismatic Spring(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): This hike is a must when you visit Yellowstone and is a very rewarding way to spend an hour or two while visiting. The Grand Prismatic Spring is Yellowstone’s largest hot spring and is the third largest spring in the world. The spring is a gargantuan pool steaming hot and colorful water.

Hike to Mystic Falls(Spring-Summer)(Beginner): This hike is one visitors should take to explore different landscapes in the park. Here, you can take an easy day hike to a 70 foot Yellowstone Waterfall. Find this hike in the Biscuit Basin area of Yellowstone Park. The hike offers access to several thermal features, like Sapphire Pool, and a walk through a luscious green forest.

Hike Uncle Tom’s Trail(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): Uncle Tom’s Trail includes 382 steps up a short but strenuous hike. The hike offers a scenic view of the lower Yellowstone Falls from ¾ of the way down the canyon. The trail is found in the Artist’s Point Road.

Boiling river near mammoth lodge: (swimming)  There is a short walk from the parking lot that brings you to the “boiling” spot that you can go into.  The hot water flows in the cold river to make this a once in a lifetime experience.  It’s like a natural jacuzzi at the edge of the river.

Swim in Firehole River:  For the kid at heart, there is a natural water slide that brings you down with the flow of the river to the cool natural pool.

Wildlife Viewing: For your best chance of spotting bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and many more species, visit the Lamar and Hayden Valleys.These expansive valleys along the Lamar River, in Yellowstone’s northeast section, is often called America’s Serengeti for its large and easy-to- see populations of charismatic megafauna Lamar Valley is the best area to drive around to see wildlife.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Mountain Roads, Boating, Nature Walks

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate

SEASON:

Spring, Summer

How to Get There

Yellowstone International Airport in Bozeman, MT is approximately 1.5 hours/85 miles from North Entrance of the park. Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, WY is approximately 1 hour/50 miles from the South Entrance of the Park. Major airports in the vicinity of Yellowstone Park are Denver, Salt Lake City and Billings. Of those three Billings would be the closest. Billings to the northeast entrance is 120 miles. It’s noteworthy that if you fly into Salt Lake City, you can visit the Caribou-Targhee National Forest on your way to West Entrance of Yellowstone. How long should I stay? 7-10 Days

Vacation Rentals (powered by HomeAway.com)

West Yellowstone, MT, 3 Bedroom /SN #1

**Weekend nights (Friday & Saturday) are a mandatory 2-night minimum stay! Please DO NOT send booking for 1-night if it involves a Friday -or- Saturday night, as it will be declined.** However, if booking within *2-days* of arrival, I can accept a...

Price (avg)
$214/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

West Yellowstone, MT, 2 Bedroom Queen #1

**Weekend nights (Friday & Saturday) are a mandatory 2-night minimum stay! Please DO NOT send booking for 1-night if it involves a Friday -or- Saturday night, as it will be declined** However, if booking within *2-days* of arrival, I can accept a ...

Price (avg)
$194/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
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6

Pine Mountain Lodge Next to Trail System and a 7-Person Hot Tub

Pine Mountain Lodge is a spacious, 2900 square foot cabin located in the Lazy Acres neighborhood of West Yellowstone, Montana. Situated next to the trail system and only 8 miles from the West Yellowstone entrance to the park, this cabin is perfect...

Price (avg)
$299/night
Bedroom
5
Bathroom
5
Sleeps
10

Newly Built Condo Steps away from Yellowstone's Wonders

Rating: 5/5 (21reviews)

Completed in January of 2017, this three bedroom, two bath condo is located just steps away from Yellowstone National Park at the northeast corner of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. From the condo you can cross the street and follow the ...

Price (avg)
$300/night
Bedroom
3
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2
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6

Gorgeous Upper Madison Valley Home 3bed/3ba

Rating: 5/5 (11reviews)

Situated in the Upper Madison Valley in Sportsman's Paradise, Slide Mountain Ranch is a custom home on 20 acres enjoyed by vacation guests since 2006. Within miles of this home you will find unlimited recreational opportunities. Experience world-...

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$300/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
3
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8

Yellowstone home ten minutes from the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Rating: 5/5 (69reviews)

The Fox Den Lodge was designed with vacationing family and/or friends in mind. Built in the spring of 2014 it has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Each bedroom has an independent bath accessed from the bedroom. The master bedroom has a Queen bed ...

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$218/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
3
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8

Sheep Mountain Cabin - Sleeps 8; 3BD/2.5BA on 19 acres of Montana paradise

Rating: 5/5 (20reviews)

Sheep Mountain Cabin is nestled on a 19 acre property just 30 minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park in the upper reaches of the beautiful Madison River valley. The 360° wrap-around deck affords breathtaking views of the Henr...

Price (avg)
$238/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Beautiful Home, with Great Mountain Views, 7 Miles to Park

Rating: 5/5 (88reviews)

'ELK CROSSING' Vacation Home: (Construction Completed, January, 2008) This lovely vacation home is located just 7 miles west of West Yellowstone, MT, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It is set in a meadow bordering Gallatin National Fore...

Price (avg)
$321/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
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6

Mountain Luxury @ WorldMark Resort - 1 Block From The West Gate To The Park

Rating: 4/5 (14reviews)

I usually answer inquires within the hour. Please inquire first for more details. Inquiry vs paid request are equivalent for consideration in booking priority unless arrival is within two days. I enjoy answering questions to be sure all is underst...

Price (avg)
$247/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Luxury Lake Front Paradise, 15 minutes from YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Rating: 5/5 (16reviews)

Lose yourself in this perfect paradise!!! A 10 acre sanctuary located right on Hebgen Lake and just 15 minutes from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Reclaimed timbers and rustic detailing abound in this architecturally designed m...

Price (avg)
$489/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
6

Arrowhead Lodge, Suite 2 - Just Minutes From Yellowstone National Park!!

Rating: 5/5 (6reviews)

Welcome to Arrowhead Lodge, Suite 2, your Yellowstone retreat! Suite 2 is a well appointed, furnished two bedroom condo with a fully equipped kitchen and one bathroom. Suite 2 has one queen bed per bedroom making this condo perfectly suited for 4 ...

Price (avg)
$154/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
4

Last Minute Inquires Are Welcome. Please Inquire - 30 minute response time!.

Rating: 5/5 (3reviews)

I will provide a two bedroom unit with twins or a queen in the second bedroom. The master bedroom has a king. (July 29-31 is a three bedroom unit that sleeps up to 8. I'd be happy to answer your questions... Resort Overview Yellowstone National...

Price (avg)
$314/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

One Block to Yellowstone Gate- One Bedroom - Full Kitchen - WorldMark by Wyndham

Rating: 4/5 (4reviews)

Feel free to contact before booking. I answer within two hours. Whether you're here to explore the park, visit the charming and historic community or to relax, we're sure you'll enjoy your stay at WorldMark West Yellowstone. Our beautiful lodge-...

Price (avg)
$239/night
Bedroom
1
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
4

Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Home just outside of West Yellowstone

Rating: 5/5 (40reviews)

This gorgeous home is just a few miles outside of West Yellowstone. Enjoy Yellowstone National Park, fish Hebgen Lake, or canoe down the Henry's Fork of the Salmon River. Perhaps you'd rather snowmobile, ORV or mountain bike on Lion's Head or Tw...

Price (avg)
$314/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Spacious 8 Bedroom/5 Bath Home in West Yellowstone, Private Laundry, Deck & BBQ

Rating: 5/5 (17reviews)

Completed in December 2008, Buffalo Creek Cabin accommodates up to 18 guests, features 8 bedrooms (2 masters), 5 bathrooms, a large deck with barbecue area, and has 3,600 square feet of living area on two levels. On the main level, the Buffalo Cr...

Price (avg)
$399/night
Bedroom
8
Bathroom
5
Sleeps
18

West Edge Retreat - A Wonderful Townhouse in West Yellowstone

Rating: 5/5 (66reviews)

The West Edge Retreat is our home away from home, located in the town of West Yellowstone, just 8 blocks away from the Yellowstone Park entrance. It is a three story townhouse which sleeps eight. The main level consists of a fully-supplied kitch...

Price (avg)
$240/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Deer Meadow Vacation Home Only 7 Miles From Yellowstone Park

Rating: 5/5 (47reviews)

Located only 7 miles from West Yellowstone, the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, our vacation home built in 2005 sits on a gentle grassy slope ringed by forests and mountains. The Great Room offers a spectacular view of Lionhead Mountai...

Price (avg)
$275/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

New Cabin with exclusive access to the Slide portion of the Madison River

Rating: 5/5 (2reviews)

The Madison Channels Riverfront Cabin is a new cabin just 35 miles from West Yellowstone, the western gate of Yellowstone Park, and 40 miles south of Ennis. The local lakes, Cliff & Wade, Henry's, Hebgen and Quake Lakes, are close for fishing, swi...

Price (avg)
$272/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
8

West Yellowstone/Intown Condo. Snowmobiling directly from front door.

Rating: 5/5 (54reviews)

Welcome to our home away from home. This is a three level fully equipped townhouse located in the mountain village of West Yellowstone, Montana. Just 2 blocks away from Downtown businesses and just blocks away from the West entrance to Yellows...

Price (avg)
$225/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Just 1 Block From The Gate To The Park - 2 Bdrm

Rating: 5/5 (4reviews)

Resort Overview Yellowstone National Park has been a top tourist destination since its opening in 1872. And your WorldMark West Yellowstone is the perfect location for seeing the park’s hundreds of geysers (including the world-famous Old Faithful)...

Price (avg)
$289/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Additional Logding Options

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins (1 Grand Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190)
Website: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/lodging/winter-lodges/mammoth-hot-springs-cabins/
Phone: (307)344-7311

Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins (Lake Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190)
Website: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/lodging/summer-lodges/lake-yellowstone-hotel-cabins/
Phone: (307)344-7311

The Cody Hotel (232 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY 82414)
Website: http://www.thecody.com/
Phone: (307) 587-5915

Dining

Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room (Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190)
Website: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/dining/old-faithful/old-faithful-inn-dining-room/
Phone:(307) 344-7311

Running Bear Pancake House (538 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758)
Website: http://www.runningbearph.com/
Phone: (406)646-7703

Wild West Pizzeria (14 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758)
Website: http://wildwestpizza.com/
Phone: (406)646-4400

Tours

The Wildland Trekking Company Hiking Guides - Day Tours ( Visitor Centers, Yellowstone National Park, WY82190)
Website: http://www.wildlandtrekking.com/yellowstone/day-hike-tours.html
Phone Number: +1 800-715-4453

Yellowstone Geyser Kayak Tours (Grant Village Marina, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY 83002)
Website: http://www.geyserkayak.com/
Phone: (307)413-6177

Historic Yellow Bus Tour (Old Faithful Inn, Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY)
Website: http://www.yellowstonevacations.com/tours/summer-bus-tours/
Phone: (866)439-7375

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