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38570077 Yellow Stone National Park

38570077 Yellow Stone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is the flagship of the National ParkService and a favorite to millions of visitors each year. The park is amajor destination for all members of the family. By driving thegrand loop road, visitors can view the park from the comfort of theirvehicle and also take a rest at one of the many roadside picnicareas. For the active visitor, the park has thousands of miles of trails from dayhikes to backcountry explorations. The mainattractions are all located on the grand loop road and here are someof the top reasons to visit the park. This site has a lot of theinformation you need for your trip and you may also consider ourdvd"The Wonders of Yellowstone"to help you plan your visit.* World's First National Park* 2,219,789 acres (Larger than Rhode Island and Delawarecombined)* Wildlife - 7 species of ungulates (bison, moose, elk, pronghorn), 2species of bear and 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16species of fish and of course the gray wolf.* Plants - There are over 1,100 species of native plants, more than200 species of exotic plants and over 400 species of thermopholes.* Geology - The park is home to one of the world's largest calderaswith over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. Ithas one of the world's largest petrifiied forests. It has over 290waterfalls with the 308' Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River as it'sshowpiece.* Yellowstone Lake is the largest (132 sq. mi.) high altitude (7,732')lake in north america.* 9 visitor centers* 12 campgrounds (over 2,000 campsites)
 
How to get to Yellowstone
North Entrance
- Near the gateway community of Gardiner, MT,the North Entrance is the only park entrance open to wheeledvehicles all year. November through April, the North Entranceprovides the only access to Cooke City, MT. US Highway 212 east of Cooke City is closed to wheeled vehicles November through April.The road from Mammoth to Norris is open to wheeled vehicles fromthe third Friday in April through the first Sunday in November, andto commercially guided, tracked oversnow vehicles usually fromabout December 15 to the Monday of the first full week in March(weather and snowpack permitting). Closest airline service isBozeman, MT. See theOperating Hours and Seasonsfor moreinformation. Services are available year around.
West Entrance
- Adjacent to the town of West Yellowstone, MT,the West Entrance is open to wheeled vehicles from the third Fridayin April through the first Sunday in November, and to commerciallyguided, tracked oversnow vehicles from December 15 to March 15,weather and snowpack permitting. Closest airline service is WestYellowstone, MT, Bozeman, MT, Idaho Falls, ID, and Salt Lake City,UT. See theOperating Hours and Seasonsfor more information.Services are available year around.
South Entrance
- Open to wheeled vehicles from the second Friday

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