Straddling the continental divide in the northwest corner of Wyoming (92% of the park is in the Cowboy State), Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres evoke a cascade of memories—the birthplace of the national park concept, wilderness, one of the world’s premiere wildlife refuges, the largest and most significant collection of thermal features, mountains, forests, lakes, “the mother” of great rivers, waterfalls and a rich, storied history.

Without doubt Yellowstone represents one of the preeminent places to view geological processes at Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Nat'l Park, Wyoming work—volcanism, earthquakes, glaciation, erosion—this is truly “a land of fire and ice!”

Nearly all the famous sights are within a couple hundred feet of the Grand Loop Road, a 142-mile figure eight through the middle of the park. For all too many visitors, Yellowstone becomes a checklist of places to visit, geysers to watch and animals to see. All this tends to inspire an attitude that treats this great national park as a drive-through zoo where the animals come out to perform, and the geyser eruptions are predicted so everyone can be there on time. If you’re one of this crowd, give yourself a giant kick in the rear and take a walk, even if it is just around Upper Geyser Basin where you see something beyond Old Faithful. Whatever you do, don’t see Yellowstone at 45 miles per hour; that’s like seeing the Louvre from a passing train.”

Take time to immerse yourself in the “world apart” wonders of this magnificent national park. Snowcoach from Cody in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Visit the Visitor Centers provided throughout Yellowstone National Park by the Nation Park Service. Take a hike, short or long, on any one of the hundreds of miles of trails.

Experience a stagecoach ride or take a boat ride on Yellowstone Lake. Fish for native cutthroat trout. Camp at any one of a dozen sites. Enjoy a picnic along the banksof the Yellowstone, Gibbon, Lamar or Madison rivers. Plan time for ranger interpretive programs which convey a wealth of information regarding the natural history, geology and man’s history in this region.

You owe it to yourself, to your children and to your grandchildren to experience Yellowstone.