Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Ron Crabtree/P.Choice)

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Jay Anderson/NP Photo Contest)

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Adam Jones/Photodisc/Getty)

Mount Moran, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Corel)

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Richard Nowitz/Digital Vision/Getty)

Entrance sign at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Comstock/Thinsktock)

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Bison in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Medioimages/Photodisc)


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What to do in Yellowstone National Park

The sign welcoming visitors to Yellowstone National Park is like a beacon in a seemingly deserted wilderness. Enter the park via Beartooth Highway, and you’ll eventually reach Lamar Valley, where the “locals” begin to stir: Bison roam in great numbers, and elk stare intently at passersby. Mule deer trot up the steep ravines, and packs of wolves creep out at dusk and dawn. From the east entrance through Sylvan Pass, you’ll drive by Yellowstone Lake, frozen no matter if it’s June or January, reflecting the surrounding mountains. Camping in Yellowstone will grant you front-row access to a bevy of wildlife—playful black bears, regal bighorn sheep, antsy mountain goats, and even the occasional grizzly. Anglers, take note: Fishing in these parts is not only allowed, but encouraged, as long as you hook a non-native lake trout. While you might be inclined to avoid crowds, sometimes in Yellowstone it’s best to go where the people are. Clusters of tourists and cars parked haphazardly on the side of the road often signal a “bear jam” or maybe, if you’re really lucky, the rare sight of a moose and her baby.

Traveler Reviews of Yellowstone National Park

MrsJBolt rates Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is a place of many wanders. The geysers and hot springs are unbelievable; it almost looks like sets out of a movie. This trip is best for teens & adults so they can truly understand & enjoy the gorgeous scenes of Yellowstone. Yellowstone is best visited in the summer months when the snow has melted and all roads are open. Many day hikes, bike routes, and camping spots are available to enjoy as well.
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