WHAT YELLOWSTONE HAS TO OFFER
Many people who are contemplating a trip to Yellowstone may wonder what the park has to offer as far as lodging and roads and trails are concerned. Listed below is some general information about the park that might be of help and answer some of the questions.
The park has 9 visitor centers, museums and contact stations.
There are 9 hotels/lodges with 2,000 plus hotel rooms and cabins.
There are 7 National Park Service operated campgrounds with 1,700 plus campsites. The majority of these campgrounds are operated on a first come – first served basis. The campground at Fishing Bridge is closed for the 2019 season. To get a list of the campgrounds and their amenities go to www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds. This will give you a list of the campgrounds where you can make reservation as well as the rates. It also gives a list of the “first come – first served” campgrounds.
There are more than 1,500 buildings in the park both National Park Service buildings and concessions.
There are 52 picnic areas
13 self-guiding trails.
There are more than 24 sites in the park that are on the National Register of Historic Places
There is one National Historic Trail
More than 900 historical buildings.
ROADS AND TRAILS:
There are 5 park entrances. The North entrance at Gardiner, Montana – the South entrance thru Grand Teton National Park along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Highway – the East entrance out of Cody, Wyoming – the Northeast Entrance thru the Beartooth Mountains and the West entrance out of West Yellowstone, Montana
466 miles of roads of which 310 are paved
More than 15 miles of boardwalks
Approximately 1,000 miles of backcountry trails
310 back country campsites
There are approximately 800 people who work for the National Park Service during the peak summer months and about 400 year around National Park Service employees.
The concessioners employ about 3,500 people during the peak summer months.
Hopefully this information will be useful and informative for you. We look forward to seeing you when you come to visit our First National Park. There is only one Yellowstone!
AUTHOR: SUE KNAPP
PHOTOS: HOLLY SCHOLL