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Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is America's first and foremost National Park, drawing over three million visitors yearly. Established  in 1872 by the United States Congress "for the preservation of" its many wonders and "for the enjoyment of the people," and now encompassing 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone in 2002 is celebrating it's 130th anniversary. The Park has five entrances and some 370 miles of paved roadway.  Situated in the northwest corner of the Wyoming frontier, Yellowstone is a treasure that inspires awe in travelers from around the world, boasting more geysers (about 250 active geysers from amidst 10,000 total thermal features) than anywhere else on the globe.Situated atop a huge Paint Potsvolcanic basin, Yellowstone is home to thousands of active thermal features, including the world renowned Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone is also known for the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is 1200 feet deep and highlighted by the powerful Upper Falls. Yellowstone is also pristine mountain-range wilderness and an open refuge for wildlife, including grizzly bear, elk, American bison, moose and wolf. In recent decades, it has been recognized that Yellowstone and the surrounding area are a biological unit, which is referred to as the Greater Yellowstone Area.


All wildlife, especially bison and bears, can be dangerous. Keep your distance! Never approach, harass, or feed any animals, even small ones. It is against the law to approach within 100 yards of bears or within 25 yards of other wildlife or within any distance where harassment occurs. Pets must be leashed; they are prohibited on trails and in the backcountry. Camp and build fires only in designated areas. Hot springs and geyser areas are fragile and unstable; stay on trails to protect yourself and features. Throwing coins and other items into thermal pools dmages them and is illegal. Climbing in the Canyon area is dangerous and is prohibited. Swimming or bathing in thermal pools or streams whose waters originate entirely from a thermal spring or pool is prohibited. Boating and fishing permits are required and availble at ranger stations. Boating is allowed only on lakes, which are dangerously cold. Fishing is limited in the Park. Backcountry permits are required for overnight trips. Never hike alone and always register at the trailhead before your trip. Food must be stored properly. Vehicles and bicycles are prohibited on trails. Maximum speed limit is 45 mph, lower when posted. Drive defensively! Traffic accidents cause more injuries to visitors than natural hazards. Use pullouts to watch wildlife and allow faster traffic to pass. Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists. Driving off roads is not permitted. Defacing park features, collecting natural or archeological objects, picking wildflowers, and littering are illegal. Store your valuables securely and lock your vehicle. Report thefts or accidents promptly to a ranger. (These regulations are taken from the "Official Visitors' Guide".) 


Seven Day Pass (good for seven days from issue date) -- $20 (per vehicle)

Annual Pass (good for one year from issue date) -- $40 (per vehicle)

National Parks Passport (good for one year in all National Parks) -- $50 (per vehicle)

Golden Age Passport (lifetime pass for citizens 62 or older) -- $10 (per person)




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