Yellowstone Map, Wyoming, USA.
Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. To best prepare your visit to the park, to identify itineraries and to locate the “must see” geothermical features, it is recommended to study the Yellowstone map before making your trip.
Indeed, Yellowstone National Park covers an area of nearly 3.500 square miles. It is so large that many visitors get lost and spend more time driving in search of their way than watching this magnificent wilderness.
This guide presents the official map of Yellowstone National Park, as well as 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. Yellowstone Map : Regional area
There are 5 entrances to Yellowstone National Park:
– The West entrance at West Yellowstone (Montana),
– the North entrance at Gardiner (Montana). This entrance is the only one to be open year-round,
– the Northeast entrance at Cooke City-Silver Gate (Montana),
– the South entrance, on the scenic highway US 191 (Wyoming),
– the East entrance after Cody (Wyoming).
Depending on the highlights you wish to visit, this map of Yellowstone park will help you to choose the most appropriate entrance.
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2. Yellowstone National Park map with mileage
As we mentioned in the introduction, Yellowstone National Park covers such a large territory, that distances between the different highlights should not be underestimated. For example, this map of Yellowstone National Park shows that there are 100 miles between the north and south entrances, and almost as many between West Yellowstone and the east entrance to the park.
You will need it to plan your daily visits and itineraries.
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3. The official Yellowstone Park map
This official map of Yellowstone park is given at each of the five park entrances. It can also be obtained at the Visitors Center of each area.
The map gives an overview of the park and provides necessary information on what services are available. It is an essential tool to prepare and enjoy your visit of Yellowstone Park.
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4. Yellowstone Lodging maps
Staying inside the park is a rare experience that allows you to enjoy the proximity with nature.
Yellowstone National Park has 9 hotels/lodges shown on the map below:
The other way to immerse yourself in the park is to camp there. Here is the Yellowstone camping map.
5. Yellowstone Park map – Services and Trails
a. 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.
b. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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. It describes the different ways to experience Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
This Yellowstone map illustrates all the observation points and is essential to everyone who wants to admire Grand Canyon.
c. Upper Geyser Basin
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.
d. Old Faithful Map
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.
To know more about the #1 geyser in Yellowstone.
e. Norris Geyser Basin
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.
f. West Thumb
West Thumb is a geothermal area on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in North America. Its geothermal springs are absolutely breathtaking.
A trail of half a mile leads the visitors on the western shore of Lake Yellowstone where exceptional geothermal features can be observed.
Photo credit : U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons