A Yellowstone vacation is perfect for families of all ages. Between the mystifying geysers, awesome wildlife, outstanding camping and exceptional beauty, there is something for everyone!
Yellowstone Park is the most famous national park in the world and it attracts more than a million visitors every year. It is easily accessible from all directions with its five main entrances.
As you drive along the roads, expect to see animals on or near the roads. The roads are narrow and busy and sometimes rough. Obey the speed limits and be patient - you will often come upon people stopped to watch wildlife. You will want to watch them too, just try to get off the road and watch out for others who are trying to take pictures.
A Yellowstone vacation means being in a mystical and surreal wonderland of unique geothermal areas. The Yellowstone Super Volcano has the world's largest active geyser field. You will find more than 10,000 geysers, mud pots and hot springs in this interesting area.
This volcano produced a massive eruption 640,000 years ago and formed a gigantic caldera, which is what you see today.
Yellowstone geysers account for one fourth of all the geysers in the world. Old Faithful geyser is the most famous, but Steamboat Geyser is the largest in the world. It doesn't erupt often, but when it does, it is really something to see.
Camping in Yellowstone is a wonderful way to see the park on your Yellowstone vacation - you can take the day and see everything that is close around, then go back at night to sleep. Some people like to set up all their camping equipment and stay in the same camp site for their whole vacation. Others like to move to a different camp site every 2 or 3 days. Either way works great!
You can only camp in designated campgrounds. There is no overflow camping or camping in picnic areas. If the campgrounds are all full, there is usually space available at campgrounds in or near the gateway communities.
Yellowstone Campgrounds do not offer hookups for electricity and water except for Fishing Bridge RV Park. If this is important to you, one of the RV parks in the nearby communities would probably appeal to you.
There are 12 campgrounds with over 2000 campsites inside the park - some of these can be reserved and some can’t. They usually fill up early in the day, so be prepared if you do not have reservations.
Yellowstone National Park is home to more wildlife than anywhere in the world. You will find many wildlife viewing opportunities where you can watch elk moose, bears, buffalo and wolves roaming in complete freedom and of course, the hundreds of bird species.
The best times to see the Yellowstone animals are at dawn and dusk when they are out feeding. Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley are good areas for seeing wildlife, as well as the Firehole River, Fishing Bridge, between Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs, and between the Upper and Midway Geyser Basin.
You should stay 25 yards away from all animals except bears and wolves - these demand 100 yards!
Hiking in Yellowstone is one of the top activities for those who enjoy the outdoors and seeing nature’s wonders.
With almost a hundred Yellowstone trails and over 1200 miles to hike on, you will find solitude and exceptional scenery for an unforgettable vacation.
Weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for rain or even snow. Check at the Ranger Station for the status of the trails you want to hike on.
Sometimes a trail will be closed because of bear activities, a forest fire or maintenance.
Backpacking in Yellowstone is also a popular activity for a Yellowstone vacation in the rugged mountains and unspoiled wilderness.
Backpacking is a big draw for those wanting to see the best of Yellowstone. You do need a backcountry permit to stay overnight - available at ranger stations and visitor centers.
Some trails are open to stock use, but you must have a current negative Coggins test to use your horse on Park trails.
Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River and other streams is extremely popular and brings thousands of fisherman every year.
The Yellowstone ecosystem is considered to be the finest inland trout fishing in the world with over 100 lakes and 1000 miles of streams.
The Yellowstone angler can find fishing regulations at ranger stations, visitor centers and general stores. Anyone 16 years or older needs a Yellowstone National Park fishing permit.
A Yellowstone vacation is beyond special. Your family will treasure their experiences for many years to come!
Yellowstone Park is an incredible 2.5 million acres located in an ancient caldera.
See you soon on your Yellowstone vacation!
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