Books on Yellowstone National Park
Below is a listing of many of the books available about Yellowstone National Park. These range from hiking guides, to comprehensive information books and photo books. We use some of these ourselves, and note that in the descriptions. At the bottom of each listing, we list a number of places where these can be currently purchased. Click on the logo of the store you would like to use. Note that books occasionally go out of stock or are discontinued at certain stores. In this case, simply try another merchant, if available.
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Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park
This is widely considered the best overall guidebook to Yellowstone National Park. There are better books for specific subjects, such as hiking, thermal features, or photo books, but there are few better general guidebooks (for any park) than this one. A highly recommended purchase for anyone planning to travel to Yellowstone.
Hiking Yellowstone National Park
This is the Yellowstone National Park entry in the extensive Falcon Guides series. With few exceptions, they are very good at what they do, and we like to have a consistent format to get used to. Like most books in the Falcon series, there is also a much shorter "Best Easy Day Hikes" companion book, that describes only the shorter hikes. It is listed next.
Best Easy Day Hikes Yellowstone National Park
This is the Yellowstone National Park entry in the extensive Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes series. This is the shorter version of the book above. It focuses on the shorter, easier hikes in the book, although some can still be quite steep. There is less general information, and the trail information is more abbreviated, but if all you plan to do is the quick and easy trails, you can save a little money over the full guide above.
Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes
This is an excellent book on hiking Yellowstone National Park, focusing on some of the premiere day hikes in the park. It is written by a husband and wife team of park rangers. It is a highly recommended purchase for those confining their hiking to the dayhike variety.
Top Trails Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
This is yet another hiking guidebook for Yellowstone National Park. Unlike the books above, this one also includes trails in nearby Grand Teton National Park. If you're planning to do hiking in both parks, it is a good choice.
The Geysers of Yellowstone, 4th Edition
This is an amazing book. It describes, in painstaking detail, the location and activity of nearly every thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park, including many unnamed ones. It is a required purchase for anyone that plans to do some serious geyser watching in the park. It's a fascinating read.
Photographing Yellowstone National Park
This is a great little book on photographing Yellowstone National Park. I often hear people say "its impossible to take bad photos here". That may be true, to a point, but it can take several hours to go from one location to another. This book helps you get the most of your time by telling you the best times to be at certain places.
Yellowstone National Park, Images of America
This book is part of the Images of America series. It contains history and stories, along with a large number of historical photographs. Yellowstone has a long and rich history as the oldest national park, making this a very interesting book.
Spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
This is a beautiful hardcover photo book of both Yellowstone National Park and nearby Grand Teton National Park. It is a huge, high quality book that belongs on the coffee table of anyone who loves these parks.
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country
This is a book produced by National Geographic specifically about Yellowstone National Park. It is not so much a guidebook, but more of a photo book. Of course, few sources can claim to be better at nature photography than National Geographic, which makes this a very nice book.
Yellowstone: The Story Behind the Scenery
This is the Yellowstone National Park edition of the very common "The Story Behind the Scenery" series. These books are very commonly found in the visitor centers and gift shops of the parks. They are short, but they provide good photos and general information on the park itself.