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Yellowstone National Park

Park is about an hour north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Park is open all year. Albright Visitor Center is open 9-5, longer in the summer.
307-344-7381 1 Week
August 2012 Summer
$10-29 Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Website Nature National Parks
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US's Largest Active Volcano Erupts with Surprises Yellowstone National Park contains over half of the world's observable geothermal features which are fueled by the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest active super volcano in North America. Located mostly in northeastern Wyoming, the park's 300 geysers and thousands of other geothermal features such as fumaroles, paint pots, and hot springs are witnessed by over 2 million visitors each year. The natural beauty and geothermal activity of the park is breathtaking and unique.

Activities at Yellowstone include hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, backpacking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, bicycling, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and ranger lead programs on topics from geology to ecosystems. Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk are main attractions for visitors.

In planning your activities, remember the park exceeds 3000 square miles. If you plan on visiting in July or August, you should consider lodging options and make reservations early. Private companies manage nine hotels and lodges, but early reservations are advised.

Yellowstone has a dozen campgrounds. The campgrounds that take reservations (over 1,700 sites) are privately managed. The "first come, first serve" campgrounds (about 450 sites) fill quickly in the busy months. If you are RV or car camping and not backpacking overnight into the park, scarcity of campsites can be problem, unless reservations are made early. Backcountry campsites are usually available even at the busiest times of year, and you can obtain a permit from a ranger station. Backcountry sites are quite private, and can only be reached by backpacking or horseback.

If you want to fly to Yellowstone, the closest regional airports are between 50 miles (Jackson Hole, WY) and 150 miles (Billings MT) from various park entrances. In making plans, you should visit the official park website Yellowstone
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