Yellowstone Park


One of the best things about Bozeman is its proximity to Yellowstone National Park: the world’s first national park and one of the most amazing places on the planet. Tourists flock from all over the world to experience it, but you can jump in your car and be there in an hour and a half.

Yellowstone’s 2.2-million acres sprawl across a high plateau in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Spectacular rivers and falls, wide-open valleys, geysers and hot springs, endless forests, plateaus, cliffs, canyons, and peaks all combine to create a sublime and timeless landscape.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was America's first National Park, and is still one of our nation's greatest treasures. And it's only 90 miles from Bozeman. Stretching across Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, it's home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48, a collection of some of the world's most famous geysers, seemingly endless hot springs, and, of course, the incredible Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Take a video tour of the park by clicking here.

Additional information on the Park can be found here


Yellowstone National Park, Fisheries Management
Decker, David
A criticism of fisheries management.
Whitewater Kayaking national parks, Yellowstone National Park
Kennedy, Kevin
Paddling bill redux.
Yellowstone forest fire, backcountry skiing Yellowstone
Pogge, Drew
Skiing the Yellowstone burn.
Gardiner Arch, Yellowstone National Park, Outside Bozeman, North Enterance
Tucker, David
If you’ve driven to Yellowstone through the North Entrance, you’ve no doubt experienced the traffic congestion that aff Read more >>
weasel, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Lee, Barbara
Pine marten with a sweet tooth.
Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Park, Bozeman attractions
Knight, Phil
A mini-guide
Yellowstone hot pots, Yellowstone National Park, geyser basin
Drew Pogge
Do-not-miss Yellowstone features. 
Fishing in Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Firehole River
Parks, Richard
The fish are waiting.
Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone fishing, Rivers in Yellowstone
Matthews, Craig
There are over 100 lakes and thousands of river miles in Yellowstone Park. Nowhere else in the world is so much public water found in such a small area. Throw in dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife, and you’ve got the makings of fishing memories to last a lifetime. Read more >>
Illustration by Zuzana Drobnik
Icenoggle, Radd
Partners in time
Bean, Anya
Yellowstone Has Teeth (Riverbend Publishing, $15) is a memoir about the lives of the men and women who work in Yellowstone National Park. Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
After more than an hour of skiing in the shaded, narrow Spring Creek Canyon, I slid into a patch of sunlight. The snow sparkled with promise of longer days, light reflecting off every crystal. My toes were still frozen and the sun on my boots didn’t help warm them. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Imagine a cross-country skier gliding through the backcountry with only the sound of his skis on the groomed trail—a peaceful afternoon in the winter woods. Read more >>
Knight, Phil
It’s a tale as old as time: the lifelong game of chaos and uncertainty called seasonal work. Since I started mowing lawns as a kid, I’ve worked the seasonal circuit, bouncing from landscaping jobs to waiting tables to trail maintenance to wetland restoration labor to conservation jobs. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Twelve of us stood huddled by cameras on tripods under the cold sky, lenses aimed into the night. His breath coming out in clouds, our instructor Tom waded through the snow, popping an external flash onto the walls of the log cabin in front of us. Read more >>
Flannery, Joseph
Nothing deters backpackers from the Bechler more than the bugs. A handful of Deet and a quick pace might shield you along the trail from the ranger station to the edge of Bechler Meadows, but no further. Read more >>
O'Neal, Meghan
Yellowstone Yesterday and Today (Golden Valley Press, $45) provides a captivating photographic history of Yellowstone Park. Photographer Paul Horsted recreates historic photographs of Yellowstone, illustrating how the Park has developed over the years. Read more >>
England, Mike
“Multimedia” is a bland and nebulous term, and therefore fails to capture the elegant and symbiotic blend of song and imagery that is Mike Haring’s new DVD, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (self-produced, $20). Read more >>
Photo by Ryan Krueger
Stone, Robert
The entire length of the Gneiss Creek Trail traverses 14 miles through the Madison Valley. The trail, which lies mostly within Yellowstone National Park, connects the Gallatin with Madison Canyon and the Madison River. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Every year, our corner of Montana braces for an endless caravan of RVs parading down toward Yellowstone, stopping in Livingston, Paradise Valley, and Gardiner along the way in vehicular atrocities larger than your house. Read more >>
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