The easiest way to reach Yellowstone is either by car, plane or bus. Driving there, learn about the most suitable entrance. The North Entrance (near Gardiner, MT) is open all year long depending on the weather. The West Entrance (near West Yellowstone, MT) is open between end of April-beginning of November and end of December-mid March. The South-East Entrances are open mainly between mid May-beginning of November and end of December-mid March. Northeast Entrance (near Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT) is open all year long depending on the weather.
The nearest airports are Cody and Jackson, WY; Bozeman and Billings, MT, and Idaho Falls, ID.
Getting in by bus is possible all year long; main routes via Highway 191 from Bozeman. If you want to access the park from Idaho or Cody and Jackson, transportation is available here mainly in the summer months.
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Blazing not only when it comes to its volcanism, diverse in more than its famous megafauna, Yellowstone is widely regarded as the 1st National Park in the world. With untouched ecosystems, over 1000 archeological features and historical structures, the former home of the Clovis Indians has been conserved as a valuable UNESCO World Heritage Site ''as free as the air or water''.
Spread through 3 States
With canyons, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and half of the world's geothermal features, Yellowstone stretches over 8,983 square kilometers (3,468, 4 square miles). Most of the park is located in the state Wyoming even though it extends to the neighboring Montana and Idaho. The highest point measuring almost 3500 meters (11,358 feet) was baptized Eagle Peak and from the 290 waterfalls that the park hosts, Lower Falls is the highest at 94 meters (308 feet).
The Yellowstone River which brought the park its historical name has carved the two picturesque Grand Canyon and Black Canyon. Baptized with the same name as the river and the park, the Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in North America at approximately 2,357 meters (7,733 feet). Inside Yellowstone live unique, endangered or threatened species like grizzly bears, wolves and herds of bison or elk. Archeological evidence proves that these blessed grounds were inhabited by Clovis Indians who used to hunt and fish here about 11000 years ago.
Burning, smoking, exploding- three words to describe the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest volcanic system in North America. The still active giant has erupted a few times during the past two million years. It has earned the status ''supervolcano'' because it was formed through exceptionally large explosions and because its ongoing rage fuels the park's geothermal features. Eruptions are very common in the park, even if not always with hot magma. Yellowstone is the home of the largest active geyser in the world as well as to other 300 such naturally timed fountains. The Old Faithful Geyser discharging turbulent water and blowing out steam every 91 minutes carries the most fame in the park.
Aphrodite Terrace, Cupid Spring and Little Lucifer
The energy created by volcanism can be felt in the nearby Mammoth Hot Springs area. The complex where the trees are dead and the deposits of calcium carbonate remind of glacial activity, offers a stunning decor created by the superheated water. Terrace Mountain, part of the unique range is known as the largest carbonate-depositing spring in the world. There are more than 60 springs and terraces, most of them baptized after Greek or Roman gods or carrying a name associated with ''heat''.