What is Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park (USA) is the most well-known national park in the United States. While it isn't the largest national park (that applies to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska), people love coming here to take pictures of animals, watch Old Faithful erupt, hike and explore the land of Wyoming.

Yellowstone National Park (United States) is found in the northwest corner of Wyoming. A minimal part of the park is considered to be in Montana. The park is an awesome haven for outdoor enthusiasts. 

What is Yellowstone National Park known for?

Yellowstone national state park is known for being the first national park in the world. Visitors from all over the world come there to be part of Wyoming's amazing outdoors and mountains.

How many acres is Yellowstone National Park?

According to the National Park Service, the Yellowstone National Park size is over 2 million acres.

What animals can I find there?

The Yellowstone National Park animals you may have the chance of seeing include:
  • Badgers
  • Coyotes
  • Martens
  • Long-tailed weasels
  • Bisons
  • Mule deer
  • Red squirrels
  • Bats
  • Bald eagles
  • Owls
  • Columbia spotted frogs
  • Prairie rattlesnakes
  • Rubber boas
  • Mountain whitefish
  • Suckers

You can learn more about the wildlife in the national park, Yellowstone, here.

What can I do there?

The best Yellowstone attractions include the following.


Explore the outdoors and take in the fresh air of Wyoming by going on a hike. Some of the hikes we recommend that are closer to Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana include:
  • Bannock Trail Trailhead - 5 miles
  • Mud Volcano Trail - 1 mile
  • Pebble Creek - 12 miles
  • Slough Creek Trailhead - 3.5 miles

If you're just looking to be on top of the world, then hike up any of these mountains or areas:
  • Amphitheater Mountain
  • Hurricane Mesa
  • Indian Peak
  • Mt. Washburn
  • Pilot Peak

Lamar Valley

Drive through the scenic Lamar Valley during your trip to see bison, grizzly bears and wolves up close. The tributary is 40-miles long, so you and your family can take gorgeous pictures of the landscape and animals for hours. You can also walk or fish along the Lamar River or Butte River.

Be sure to visit the rock formation called Soda Butte, too. You'll be able to see more bison and a dormant geyser that was active a century ago.

Old Faithful

The most well-known spot of the park, Old Faithful is one of the few geysers in the park that has predictable eruptions of hot water. There are around 500 similar geysers in the national park, such as Grand, Castle, Daisy, Riverside, Lone Star Geyser and more. You can see predictions for these landmarks here.

Yellowstone Lake

A gorgeous lake in Wyoming, Yellowstone Lake is the "largest high elevation lake in the United States (above 7,000 feet)," according to the National Park Service. This lake features crystal clear water, roaming bison, the largest population of cutthroat trout in the United States and frozen waters until May or June. Most people like to go to this lake to fish or enjoy the scenery, as the water is usually cold. Besides trout, you can fish for grayling and whitefish. Just be sure to have a license.

You can also attend 2021 Yellowstone events.

Some of the best Yellowstone National Park events to look forward to for 2021 include:
  • Aug. 1 to 8: Backpacking and Yoga Retreat
  • Aug. 20 to 22: Hike Yellowstone Geyser Basins under the Full Moon
  • Aug. 22 to 28: Women's Best of Yellowstone
  • Sept. 1 to 4: Yellowstone at Night - Astrophotography Workshop
  • Jan. 26, 2022: Winter in Yellowstone NP Photography Workshop


There's nowhere I've been that comes close to the experience I had in Yellowstone National Park. It's one of a kind and a definite must do! If you'll be hiking or exploring the area, get (or rent) bear spray and learn when/how to use it.

TL C - Google Reviews

My first of many National park visits and what a way to start. Geysers, prismatic lake, wildlife, canyons! Inspirational is the word that comes to mind. Heavy traffic throughout so bring some snacks drinks and music and stay patient, it's absolutely worth it. If you're tenting it gets real chilly at night so dress warmly.

moshe schiller - Google Reviews

Stay with Antlers Lodge

Stay at our Yellowstone National Park lodging to enjoy all the awesome things to do and sights of the park. We're also in downtown Cooke City, Montana, so you can go snowmobiling and enjoy other outdoor activities easily.

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