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Discover the Beauty of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Park GeyserIf you are looking for an unforgettable place to go and visit this summer, there is a unique place that is an absolutely must see – Yellowstone National Park! 

I used to live in Montana, and had an opportunity of a life time to go and see this incredible and breathtaking Yellowstone Park. It is not just an America’s First National Park –  it’s a wonderland!

It is hard to describe what an amazing, intriguing and at the same time naturally beautiful that place is.

I have never seen anything like it before…

Even if it’s not on the list, I would still consider it one of the Natural Wonders of the World.  

People from all over the world come to see this incredible National Park that was established in 1872!

When I was there, I had a feeling I was on a different planet.

This is how unbelievable that place is…

Yellowstone National Park Facts

Yellowstone National Park Fees

  • World’s First National Park (!)
  • 3,472 square miles or 8,987 square km
  • It’s located in 3 different states: 96 % in Wyoming, 3 % in Montana, 1 % in Idaho
  • Larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined (!)
  • Highest Point: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)
  • Approximately 5% of park is cover by water, 15% is grassland and 80% is forested

Yellowstone National Park Geology

  • An Active Volcano 
  • Approximately 2,000 earthquakes annually (!)
  • Approximately 10,000 thermal features
  • More than 300 geysers
  • One of the world’s largest calderas, measuring 45 by 30 miles (72 by 48 km) 
  • One of the world’s largest petrified forests
  • Approximately 290 waterfalls, 15 ft. or higher, flowing year-round
  • Tallest waterfall: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River at 308 ft. (94 m)

Yellowstone National Park FactsYellowstone National Park Wildlife

  • 7 species of native ungulates
  • 2 species of bears
  • Approximately 50 species of other mammals
  • 311 recorded species of birds
  • 18 species of fish
  • 6 species of reptiles
  • 5 species protected as “threatened or endangered”

Threatened: bald eagle, grizzly bear, lynx      

Endangered: whooping crane, gray wolf

Yellowstone National Park Fees

Yellowstone Park

There is an entrance fee to enter Yellowstone Park which is only $25 per vehicle, but the fees vary if you enter by bicycle, foot, motorcycle or commercial vehicle.

Things to Do in Yellowstone Park

If you are looking for a little adventure travel, Yellowstone Park is the perfect place for that.

Every day there will be lots of adventure and exploration with great deal of things to do. From guided fishing trips on Yellowstone Lake to Wild West horseback rides, from hiking tours to bicycling, boating and camping (if you are not afraid of grizzly bears!). Take your pick! 

Yellowstone National Park FactsYellowstone National Park Trails                                             

  • 5 park entrances
  • 466 mi /750 km of roads
  • 950 mi /1,529 km of backcountry trails
  • 97 trailheads
  • 287 backcountry campsites

Best Time to Visit Yellowstone National Park

Things to Do in Yellowstone ParkYellowstone National Park is open all year round, but the best time to go there is in summer, because some roads may be closed to wheeled vehicles from November to May or even June. 

The typical temperature in Yellowstone Park in winter time will be 0ºF to 30ºF, while in summer it may vary from 40ºF to 80ºF.

I went there in May once, and there was a lot of snow on the ground, but it was fairly warm. So, I would say, from May to September/October would be the perfect time to visit. Keep in mind, that Yellowstone’s climate change very quickly and dramatically within a short period of time, so be prepared to bring some warm clothes to enjoy your trip more.

  • Year 2000 – almost 3 million (!) visitors

  • Record year: 1992 – over 3,144,000 visitors (!)

Yellowstone National Park FactsYellowstone National Park Hotels and Facilities

  • 9 hotels/lodges
  • 9 visitor centers and museums
  • 7 campgrounds
  • 2,000+ buildings
  • 49 picnic areas
  • 1 marina

Yellowstone Park Employees

Approximately 800 (!) National Park employees work there during summer time.

Yellowstone National Park Mailing Address

National Park Service

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park,

WY 82190-0168

Cell Phone Service in Yellowstone Park

One more thing I would like to add that there is inconsistent cell phone service around the park. The best reception you can find at Old Faithful, Grant Village and Mammoth areas. 

Have you ever been to Yellowstone National Park? What was your experience?

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12 Responses to “Discover the Beauty of Yellowstone National Park”

  1. Shirley Lee Says:

    We have visited Yellowstone and it is every bit as beautiful as the article describes. Most amazing were the “thermal features.” Many were gorgeous, with aqua and white colors. But you knew not to touch them as their temperatures were just below the boiling point. Are these found in any other area of the world?? I don’t know. We also loved the abundant elk, buffaloes, and moose. As I was watching one buffalo, he happened to look up, making eye contact. Because of this, he charged our car, his gigantic head stopping just short of my passenger side. We understood his message, and left faster than you can imagine. All in all, a wonderful place for everyone.

  2. Tammy R Says:

    We have not been, Elena, but we sure would like to go. This is the most comprehensive information I have seen in one place, and I especially like the “Best Time to Visit” section. We are planning more travel now that we have paid down several loans! Thank you so much!

  3. Elena Says:

    Thank you Tammy for your feedback. I am glad you liked the information about Yellowstone Park and found it useful. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thomas Says:

    Never been to Yellowstone before but have had some friend that have been and took some pictures of the park. They said that had a great time but didnt go into as much detail as this. I thought is was just a part but you make there look like there is a lot more to offer than I thought at first. Its good to know that the best time to go is in the Summer.
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  5. Elena Says:

    Hi Thomas, I am glad you liked my article and found some useful information on Yellowstone Park. I really like that place and would go there every summer if I could. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sam Gill Says:

    Never got a chance to visit so far. But after reading your post for sure I feel it is missed out from my travel list. Thanks for sharing, will plan out some day to visit
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  7. Elena Says:

    Hi Sam, I am glad to hear that you would like to visit Yellowstone Park one day. It is a truly amazing place! Thanks for your comment!

  8. Steve Says:

    I’ve never been there, but a friend of mine has. He said it was a great place to visit. So many beautiful views. So many places to wander around and explore. I think there’s a reason why when I think national parks, this is the one that comes to mind. And this post just makes me want to go even more now.
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  9. Elena Says:

    Hi Steve, thank you for your feedback. Yes, indeed, Yellowstone National Park is very unique – no wonder it’s got visitors from all over the world! Thanks for coming back Steve!

  10. Brad Castro Says:

    Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the world.

    I worked there for three summers (long ago), and my plan is to someday have my ashes secretly smuggled into the Park and scattered at an undisclosed location (don’t tell the Rangers).

    There are actually two different Yellowstones – the Tourist Yellowstone where you only venture a few feet off the road, and the Backcountry Yellowstone.

    You don’t have to be a hardcore backpacker or anything – but I definitely recommend you at least go one one or two actual hikes while you’re there.

    Plan ahead and do some research – there are plenty of shorter hiking opportunities available (the place is bigger than Rhode Island).

    And don’t overlook some of the Park’s quieter – and cooler – locations. Yeah, everyone thinks they have to go see Old Faithful when they’re in Yellowstone, but trust me, it’s not that impressive and you’ll likely remember Lake Lodge and Lake Hotel with a lot more fondness in the years following your visit.

    Thanks for posting this Elena – I enjoyed my trip down memory lane . . .
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  11. Elena Says:

    Hi Brad, wow! What a great insightful update on Yellowstone Park! I am very impressed! And I am definitely going to go and check out Lake Lodge next time now that you have mentioned it. Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am so glad that a lot of people so fond of Yellowstone Park as much as I am!

  12. Indonesia Travel Says:

    a beautiful place… hopefully I can get there
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