Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. To best prepare your visit to the park, identify routes, locate “must see” places, book your accommodation, it is recommended reading the Yellowstone map before going.
Indeed, Yellowstone National Park spans over an area of nearly 3.500 square miles. This means that about 100 miles separate the North entrance from the South entrance, and nearly as many miles between West Yellowstone and the East entrance of the park. It is so big that many occasional visitors to Yellowstone get lost and spend more time driving than watching the magnificent nature.
This guide presents the official Yellowstone National Park maps, detailed information on the main highlights and trail maps.
All images credit: By US National Park Service, restoration / cleanup by Matt Holly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
1. The official Yellowstone map
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Official Yellowstone map
This official map is given at each of the five park entrances. It can also be obtained at the Visitors Center of each area.
It gives an overview of the park and provides essential information on what services are available. It is the essential tool to prepare and enjoy your visit of Yellowstone.
2. Detailed Yellowstone maps of the main highlights
Detailed maps are very useful to help locate the services available, parking lots, picnic areas and so forth.
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Yellowstone – Mammoth Hot Springs Map
Mammoth Hot Springs is an exceptional geothermal site. The water is not discharged by geysers or hot springs. It builds on limestone and forms terraces. It has the largest hot springs in terraces in the world.
The map shows the roads and paths from which it is possible to observe the “Lower” and “Upper” Terraces. To know more, read our visit of Mammoth Hot Springs | Terraces of Yellowstone.
Old Faithful is Yellowstone most famous geyser. Its eruptions are “predictable”, ie that we know approximately at what time they will take place. Between two eruptions, we quietly explore the area to admire the other geysers and hot springs.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the most photographed site in the park after Old Faithful.
Several walks around the canyon let you feel the wonder at the site’s magnificence. The map shows observation points that offer spectacular views of the canyon.
We invite you to read our post Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran. It describes the different ways to experience Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
West Thumb is a geothermal area on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in North America. Its geothermal springs are absolutely breathtaking.
3. Trail maps
Norris Geyser Basin is the most acid and the hottest geothermal area of the park. The map shows the location of the various geothermal features.
Upper Geyser Basin is a striking place: this geothermal area concentrates most of the geysers in the world. This is a Super Volcano. It hosts Old Faithful, whose eruptions are “predictable”. Between two of them, we quietly explore the area to admire the other geysers and hot springs in action.Click on the map to enlarge:
This particular map shows the paths to discover “Main Terrace” and “Lower Terraces’ walk.
This map illustrates all the observation points and is essential to everyone who wants to admire Grand Canyon.
Yellowstone – Map of West Thumb
A trail of half a mile leads the visitors on the western shore of Lake Yellowstone where exceptional geothermal features can be observed.
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