Yellowstone National Park
Come visit the majestic Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as America’s very first national park. It is open year round and features mountains, vast planes, and is home to grizzly bears, wolves and herds of bison and elk. This wonderland features a myriad of different activities adults and children can participate in that provide real experience in the wild of Idaho. (Learn more about what you can do here by visiting www.yellowstonenationalpark.com)
There are 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Campgrounds include fire rings for charcoal or wood burning fires, RV parking space, pic-nick tables, and other amenities depending on the campground you choose. All of them are located near mountains, rivers, streams, and other beautiful, natural landmarks.
Dining in the Park
Dining facilities are available throughout the park, ranging from fine dining to snack shops and cafeterias. Dinner reservations are required at the fine dining facilities. Inquire at any lodging front desk or park dining establishments.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFETERIAS
Old Faithful Inn Dining Room
Old Faithful Snow Lodge Restaurant
Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria
Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room
Lake Lodge Cafeteria
Grant Village Restaurant
Grant Village Lake House Restaurant
Canyon Lodge Cafeteria
Canyon Lodge Dining Room
Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room
LIGHT MEALS AND FAST FOODS
Mammoth Hot Springs: General Store and Terrace Grill
Canyon: Photo Shop, Snack Bar and General Store
Tower Fall Store
Lake: Hotel Deli and General Store
Grant Village: General Store and Mini Store
Fishing Bridge General Store
Bridge Bay Marina Store
Old Faithful: Basin Store and Snack Shops
Driving Through the Park
Perhaps one of the most exciting and popular things to do in Yellowstone National Park is to drive through getting first hand experience in the wild of Idaho. By driving the grand loop road, visitors can view the park from the comfort of their vehicle and also take a rest at one of the many roadside picnic areas. The main attractions (geysers, rivers, mountains and animals of all kinds) are all located on the grand loop road but don’t miss out on the many other roadways that lead to more animal sightings and beautiful country.
Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place for big-time fly fishers. There are over 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of stream. Seven different varieties of fish reside including cutthroat, rainbow, brown, brook, and lake trout. There is no “best time” to fish the waters of the park but in planning your time fishing their waters it is best to look into which areas are open for fishing at different times.
One of the things that Yellowstone National Park is most known for are the geysers and other areas of thermal activity. There is a balance that must be maintained for these geysers and if interrupted, they literally explode and water shoots up from the ground. The most famous of these geysers is Old Faithful. It erupts approximately every 45 to 90 minutes and shoots water up in the air 100+ feet! This is something you won’t want to miss on your visit to Yellowstone National Park.
In Yellowstone National Park, over 1,100 miles of trails are available for hiking. You may choose to hike some of this beautiful land on your own, or join a park ranger for an in-depth, half-day hike into Yellowstone’s back-country! Visit remote thermal areas, explore wildlife habitats, or experience Yellowstone’s wilderness. These high-quality experiences are limited to 15 people per hike and are rated from easy to difficult so you know which hikes are best for you and/or your party.
Tours are offered at Yellowstone National Park year round and individuals are welcome to drive through the park at their own pace. Because of the freedom afforded to tourists and the breath-taking landscape, Yellowstone National Park is the perfect area for photographing wildlife and scenery.
Yellowstone National Park is covered in snow during the winter months and has a long season for downhill AND cross-country skiing. Miles upon miles of the perfect snow trails are available for you to enjoy long ours of cross-country skiing taking you to beautiful sites and animal viewing. Downhill skiing is also popular because of the excellent slopes and snow in the Park conveniently located to restaurants and other places to warm up and get a bite to eat after a long day in the snow.
Yellowstone in winter is a special experience. Most winter visitors currently prefer to travel by snowmobile. The snowmobile offers more mobility to the most popular attractions. Round-trip tours are available for your enjoyment as a guide will help you explore features and see the best sites. Fueling up in Yellowstone is easy and offered in four convenient locations: Old Faithful, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
Along with the incredible scenery and activities possible in Yellowstone National Park, you don’t want to miss the expansive wildlife that lives here. Some of these animals are bears, wolves, moose, elk bison, badgers, otters and fox. The park prides itself on giving you the best experience to view these animals in their natural habitat behaving as they would in every day life out in open country where no humans reside.