Named the number one adventure vacation in the nation by US News and World Report, Yellowstone National Park is truly a playground for all ages. Established in 1872, and covering 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park is the obvious namesake of Montana’s Yellowstone Country. Populated by a large variety of wildlife, including both grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, bison, wolves, eagles and a number of other species, it also provides the backdrop for a large number of geologic and geothermal features, such as geysers, hot springs, rivers, waterfalls and canyons that are the iconic signatures of the park. The park is home to more than 300 different species of birds and its blue-ribbon streams and rivers host Brook, Brown, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. Lodging options, including camping, cabins, hotels and lodges, exist within the park and in the gateway cities of West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City.
Three of the park’s five entrances are in Yellowstone Country and are open to vehicles mid-April to mid-November, weather permitting. Of the park’s winter entrances, only two—Gardiner and Cooke City—are open to vehicular traffic and both are located within Montana’s Yellowstone Country. A third Yellowstone Country entrance, West Yellowstone, is open to over-the-snow transport traffic, but not vehicular traffic, from mid-December to mid-March, each year.
Yellowstone Park Website Map of Yellowstone Park