Yellowstone is officially recognized as America's first National Park, established in 1872. This historic act of conservation has been instrumental in protecting some of the most fragile wildlife species and wilderness areas that are a vital part of America's national heritage. Yellowstone is also home to the largest active geyser field in the world. In addition to a wide variety of steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs, there are about 10,000 active geysers here, nearly 300 of which erupt yearly. As you explore the park, visit the Upper, Lower, Midway and Norris Geyser Basins to see some extraordinary natural phenomena you won't find anywhere else on earth. Explore the park by car, on horseback, or on foot, and take advantage of guided hikes and information centers that can help you interpret the extraordinary sights around you. Come to Yellowstone during any season of the year and leave with lasting memories and a greater understanding of the natural world.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Yellowstone:
-Hike the trails: Hike or mountain bike to some of Yellowstone's breathtaking summits and scenic overlooks. In the spring the mountains are alive with wildflowers, the colors change dramatically in the fall, and the summer is a perfect time to see elusive species of wildlife like wolves, buffalo, and elk.
-See Old Faithful: The original Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in America, erupts every 92 minutes, spraying water 135 feet into the air.
-Go whitewater rafting: There's no more exhilarating way to explore the natural landscape of Yellowstone during the summer. Adventures are available for every experience level.
-Visit Dragon's Mouth Spring: There are several notable water and rock formations in the Mud Volcano area, but Dragon's Mouth Spring is among the most fascinating. A natural spring fills a cave on the side of the mountain, and heated gases rise to the surface and hurl the waters against the cave walls like a lashing tongue.
-Mammoth Hot Springs: Visit these fascinating natural terraces of travertine limestone, colorfully streaked and formed by thousands of years of trickling acidic water.
-Join the Junior Rangers: Help children earn badges as they learn more about art, science, nature, and history.
There are plenty of places to stay on the Montana side of Yellowstone National Park. Find a vacation rental in the local towns near the park entrance, or rent a cozy cabin in the mountains close to the best trails and scenic overlooks.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
New to FlipKey?
FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 300,000 homes and rooms around the world. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and get great value along with the space, privacy and amenities of home.
Find the vacation rental perfect for you. Learn how.