Yellowstone National Park (map) is a United States National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the world’s first national park, set aside in 1872 to preserve the vast number of geysers, hot springs, and other thermal areas, as well as to protect the incredible wildlife and rugged beauty of the area.
There are an extensive number of trails entering the park on all sides including the 3100-mile-long (5000 km) Continental Divide Trail. All vehicles and individuals entering the park must pay an entrance fee that is valid for seven days.
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With half of the earth’s geothermal features, Yellowstone holds the planet’s most diverse and intact collection of geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. Its more than 300 geysers make up two thirds of all those found on earth. Combine this with more than 10,000 thermal features comprised of brilliantly colored hot springs, bubbling mudpots, and steaming fumaroles, and you have a place like no other.
The weather in Yellowstone National Park can change very rapidly from sunny and warm to cold and rainy, so it’s important to bring along extra layers of clothing which can be used as needed. Snow can fall in Yellowstone at any time of the year.
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The park can be sub-divided into approximately eight major areas, which are organized below as they would be encountered by someone traveling the park in a clockwise direction, starting from the east.
Camping. Yellowstone National Park offers 12 campgrounds with over 2,000 established campsites. All campsites must be reserved in advance, with the exception of Mammoth Campground which offers first-come, first-served sites from October 15 – April 1. Most campsites are reserved far in advance, so it is recommended that you make reservations as early as you can. All dates are subject to change.
Safety. Protect Your Park; Protect Yourself. Yellowstone’s scenic wonders are sure to take your breath away: don’t let them take your life. From boiling hot springs to thousands of wild animals, some of the hazards in Yellowstone will be new to you. Protect yourself and the sights you plan to enjoy by following ⇒ a few simple rules.