A How to Guide: Planning a Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park is necessary; otherwise, visitors may miss important sites. To help visitors best plan their wilderness adventure, this helpful guide provides systematic advice.

  • Entrances – There are five entrances into Yellowstone National Park. The North Entrance is near Gardiner, Montana. The Northeast Entrance is near Cooke City. The East Entrance is near Cody, Wyoming. The South Entrance is near Jackson, Wyoming. The West Entrance is near West Yellowstone.
  • When – Deciding when to go is also important. During the wintertime, most of the roads are closed, except the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance. Most visitors plan their trips during July or August.
  • Reservations – To save money stay outside the park, visitors can call Yellowstone Holiday, which is located near the West Entrance. They offer Yellowstone RV camping and Hebgen Lake cabins. Located on the shores of Lake Hebgen, this area also offers superb flyfishing.
  • Sites – There are so many sites within the park, it is important that visitors determine what sites they want to prioritize.
    • Old Faithful – The Old Faithful area has several other geysers, which are included in the Upper Geyser Basin. It is also nearby the Midway Geyser Basin and the Lower Geyser Basin.
    • Madison – Firehole Canyon Drive is along the Firehole River. The Firehole Falls offers a swimming area, which is popular in July and August. It is also nearby the Artist Paint Pots, which are colorful and are a mere one-mile hike.
    • Norris – Among the hottest thermal areas in Yellowstone, the Norris Geyser Basin includes two sections: the Porcelain Basin and the Black Basin.
    • Tower-Roosevelt – Tower Fall features a 132-foot drop, which also includes a petrified tree.
    • Mammoth – Mammoth Hot Springs is an interesting specimen that is sometimes filled with water and is sometimes dry. The Upper Terrace is viewable from the road and the Lower Terrace is seen from a walkable boardwalk.
    • Canyon – This encompasses the Yellowstone Falls and Hayden Valley, which is known for having herds of wild bison.
  • Activities – Visitors should plan what types of activities they are interested in when visiting Yellowstone. This may include bicycling, boating, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing.
  • Grand Tetons – South of Yellowstone are the Grand Tetons, which are beautiful and lead to Jackson, Wyoming.

Yellowstone Holiday offers offsite Yellowstone campgrounds, which are a great point for exploring Big Sky, Montana, and other nearby areas.



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