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Visiting Yellowstone National Park

Stampeding bison. Steaming hot springs. Erupting geysers. Yellowstone National Park is home to all of these awe-inspiring sights and many more.

Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, is located mainly in Wyoming. Its spectacular geothermal features are fueled by the volcanic activity of the Yellowstone Caldera, a supervolcano located in the heart of the park. Yellowstone is well-known for its geysers, but its vast array of wildlife, spectacular waterfalls and over 900 miles of hiking trails make it an outdoor adventurer’s top destination.

Experience Yellowstone’s Beauty Up Close

Over 3.4 million eager explorers flock to the park throughout the year to see these wonders firsthand:

bulletOld Faithful
A renowned geyser that erupts every 60 to 110 minutes, shooting hot water up to 180 feet in the air!
bulletThe Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
20 miles long and half a mile wide, features a range of hiking trails that deliver incredible views of Upper Falls, Crystal Falls and Lower Falls.
bulletGrand Prismatic Spring
The largest hot spring in the U.S. and its vibrant colors – a rich cerulean and vivid orange – are enthralling.
bulletMammoth Hot Springs
The terraces of travertine formations are formed from the hot water that naturally bubbles up from deep in the earth.

Plan Your Visit: What’s the Best Time to Come?

Yellowstone National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but seasonal weather can lead to road and facility closures, so call the park service beforehand for up-to-date information.

While the summer months boast the busiest crowds, every day is the “right day” to visit, as the park’s beauty is unsurpassed at any time of year. No matter the weather, there is a never-ending list of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Are you visiting in the warmer summer?

  • Tour the park on horseback.
  • Fish Yellowstone Lake, the largest freshwater lake over 7,000 feet.
  • Visit Lamar Valley at sunset and catch a glimpse of one of the wild animals living in the park, including elk, bears, wolves, bison and bighorn sheep.

Are you visiting in the frosty winter?

  • See the magic of a fresh snow blanketing the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
  • Cross-country ski on Biscuit Basin Trail, right by Old Faithful.
  • Go snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding – you take your pick, as the Yellowstone region features world-class trails for every snow sport.

Stay in the Mountain Town of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is the quintessential modern mountain town – it’s surrounded by rugged peaks, but you have all of the comforts of home, plus a few extras.

Many travelers make Jackson Hole their home-base during a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It’s only a 20-minute drive from the Jackson Hole Airport to downtown, and driving from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone is one of the most scenic routes in the country, as the road takes you directly through Grand Teton National Park.

While in Jackson Hole, enjoy a range of dining options, from a rustic outback grill serving steakhouse fare to a romantic fine dining bistro with a wine selection and raw bar. Walk downtown and browse the local shops and art galleries. Catch a live band in the summer or schedule a spa appointment in the winter.

Save Your Tent for the Next Trip – Stay at the Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole

The Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole welcomes Yellowstone National Park travelers throughout the year. “Camp out” in our Western-inspired, remodeled guest rooms – fine linens and luxurious bathrooms are a must after a full day of adventure.

After you wake up and fill your tummy with our delicious organic breakfast, it’s time to hit the road. Yellowstone’s southernmost entrance is only one hour and 15 minutes from our doors.

We also offer:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Friendly staff who will help you plan your day
  • Inviting lobby complete with a wood-burning fireplace

With a recent multi-million-dollar renovation completed and “excellent” ratings from fellow travelers on, we’re the ideal hotel for your visit to the Yellowstone region.

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