Bucket List Adventures: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
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- The Wonder
Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring (the largest hot spring in the U.S.), and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (pictured lower). Home to hundreds of geysers, roughly 60 percent of all the geysers in the world.
- The Adventures
Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding, llama packing, ranger-led programs, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling
- One for the Bucket List
Saluting Old Faithful, the world's most famous geyser. Although many visitors assume Old Faithful toots its glory like clockwork, times between eruptions can vary between every hour or about every two hours. So first check with the staff at the Old Faithful Visitor Center for the predicted eruption schedules for the given day. You'll have to be patient. As for the steamy spectacle of huffing and puffing itself, Old Faithful can shoot up anywhere from 106 to 184 feet high, with an average around 130 feet, and usually blasts between a minute and a half to five minutes.
- Seasons and Hours
All of the park's visitor centers are open from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, with the new Old Faithful Visitor Center remaining opening through the beginning of November.
- Getting There
Although the park is open year-round, access diminishes from November through March, when most of the park's entrances are closed for winter, except the North Entrance on Highway 89 near Gardiner, Mont. (which is the only entrance to remain open all year). The West Entrance, close to West Yellowstone, Mont., is open from the third Friday in April through the first Sunday in November. The South Entrance (closest to Jackon, Wyo.) and the East Entrance (closest to Cody, Wyo.) are open from the second Friday in May through the first Sunday in November.
Average Temps (ºF) High/Low
January - 24/1
April - 47/21
July - 78/41
October - 52/22
Approximate Distance From...
(To Old Faithful)
Jackson, WY - 100 miles
Bozeman, MT - 120 miles
Salt Lake City, UT - 350 miles
Boise, ID - 420 miles
Fill Your Bucket List With Bewilderness
America the beautiful. You got that right. From the skytops of the world's tallest trees to the underwater color-play of tropical reefs, the National Park Service (NPS) oversees hundreds of parks and areas to conserve many of our country's most precious natural wonders.
Fewer than half of the national parks charge entrance fees, which usually range from $5 to $25 (often just per vehicle). Children 16 and under are always admitted for free. Daily fees for camping usually range between $10 and $20 per party.
If you're planning on visiting multiple parks, the NPS also offers America the Beautiful Passes that cover entrance fees at any national park.
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