Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park by Anders Riishede via Shutterstock.

Yellowstone National Park, primarily in Wyoming, is the world’s first national park. Renowned for its geysers, especially Old Faithful, and diverse wildlife, it’s a testament to nature’s raw power and beauty.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
Area: 2,219,791 acres (8,983.18sq km) – 8th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Eagle Peak – 11,358 ft (3,461.92 m)
Lowest Elevation: Gardner River – 5,282 ft (1,609.95 m)
Date Established: March 1, 1872
Annual Visitors: 3,290,242 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: West Yellowstone, Montana

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Yellowstone National Park.

  1. Watching the eruption of Old Faithful geyser
  2. Wildlife viewing in Lamar and Hayden Valleys
  3. Visiting the Grand Prismatic Spring
  4. Driving the Grand Loop Road for scenic views
  5. Joining ranger-led evening programs at campgrounds

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Yellowstone National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Yellowstone National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Yellowstone National Park

After hiking and exploring Yellowstone National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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