Yellowstone Fast Facts
How big is Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone covers a total area of 2,219,799 acres or 3,468 square miles.
How many people visit Yellowstone National Park?
4,860,242 people visited Yellowstone in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Yellowstone Visitation Stats.
When was Yellowstone National Park created?
Yellowstone was made a national park on March 1, 1872.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone’s lowest point is 5,282 feet at the Gardner River. The highest point in Yellowstone is 11,358 feet on Eagle Peak.
What time zone is Yellowstone National Park located in?
Yellowstone is in the Mountain Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Yellowstone National Park?
$35 per private vehicle per week.
Five Random Facts About Yellowstone
Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. On March 1, 1872, Congress and President Grant passed and signed the legislation making Yellowstone the world’s first national park.
Yellowstone is frequently referred to as the “American Serengetti” for good reason. Every native large mammal survives here today. This includes bison, elk, mule deer, wolves, coyotes, pronghorn, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Many of these are frequently seen from park roads.
Yellowstone is a huge park. It is the largest U.S. national park outside the state of Alaska, with the exception of Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada. Yellowstone is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
Much of Yellowstone National Park actually lies within the volcanic caldera. Yellowstone is a super volcano. The caldera measures 45 by 30 miles
Yellowstone contains the majority of all the geysers in the world. Boardwalk trails through some of the main geyser basins provide easy access to an almost unimaginable number of thermal features.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone National Park takes up parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, with the vast majority of the land being in the northwest corner of Wyoming. The area is quite remote, but is very visitor friendly and extremely well presented, as befitting the first national park in the world. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Yellowstone.