Discover or rediscover the magic of the world’s first national park.
Families, friends, and nature lovers have been visiting Yellowstone National Park because its beauty is beyond parallel. From hot springs to history, not to mention wildlife, mountains, valleys and more, Yellowstone National Park sits in the backyard of Jackson Hole, and we are lucky to be so close (1.5 hours to be exact, hotel door to park entrance) to the wondrous natural attraction.
When to Go?
Winter is an impeccable season to visit. The park is open to snowcoach, snowmobile, cross country skiing and snowshoeing traffic from December – March, dates vary. The landscape shifts as steam from hot pots rise from sparkling blankets of snow. As the majority of the park is closed to car traffic, there are fewer crowds, which makes the winter an experience you don’t want to miss.
Spring is a great time to see baby animals, rushing waterfalls, and new green growth sprouting from the ground. Plus, the park is open to foot or bicycle traffic.
Summer is a favorite time of year to experience Yellowstone’s iconic Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and of course, the abundance of wildlife. You can visit Yellowstone in a car, public or private bus tour, or on a bicycle. Guided tours are great, so visitors can completely take in the awe-inspiring natural wonders and learn about them along the way.
Fall usually happens early in the season, specifically and celebratory on September 22, Colorful trees and bushes pop up amidst pine trees and there’s a good chance you will see a bunch of animals out of hibernation and frolicing. Bicycle traffic is popular in the fall, especially when the park closes to vehicle traffic.
What to Do
Camping is the major attraction within the park limits. There are many campgrounds that are perfect for car camping throughout the park, but reservations are strongly recommended as most first-come-first-served spots fill in by 9:00 a.m. Yellowstone also has an extensive backcountry camping system, but a permit is required for all designated sites.
Hiking, fishing, sightseeing or horseback riding are popular activities in warmer months, where cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are better when the winter has arrived. But the main attraction has got to be Old Faithful, which is open year round, but there may be temporary closures due to weather or other conditions.
Yellowstone National Park is home to many different forms of wildlife from bison and deer to wolves, coyotes and bald eagles. To get the most out of a visit to the park, a guided tour is often the best option, but you can also find the best wildlife by driving and playing eye-spy with many different animals during your stay. Keep in mind the dangers of wild animals, but sometimes, especially in Yellowstone, just exploring will provide the prettiest surprises.
More Than Meets The Eye
When it was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became not only America’s first National Park, but the world’s first official national park. Officially titled “An Act to set apart a certain Tract of Land lying near the Head-waters of the Yellowstone River as a public Park,” this landmark legislation created the first national park.
You won’t be the first person or the last person to visit Yellowstone National Park, but it’s guaranteed the experience will stay with you forever.
“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”