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Yellowstone National Park Turns 150

This year marks 150 years since Yellowstone National Park was declared America's first national park.

This year marks 150 years since Yellowstone National Park was declared America’s first national park. In 1872, this natural wonder attracted people from near and far away. Today, it still draws visitors from all around the world. The geologic and hydrothermal gems combined with the amazing wildlife make this park one of a kind.

What to do at Yellowstone National Park

Land Adventures

Explore the incredible natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park, guided by one of the park’s knowledgeable professionals. You can even take your own Wild West Adventure, experiencing Yellowstone the way the first pioneers did; travel by stagecoach or horseback, and enjoy a traditional cookout dinner.

A trail of horseback riders at Yellowstone National Park
Experience Yellowstone National Park as the pioneers did. Credit: NPS / Neal Herbert
Water Adventures

Yellowstone Lake, with 140 miles (225km) of shoreline, is home to native cutthroat trout and the non-native lake trout. It’s also a lake with lots of beautiful scenery and interesting history. It’s adjacent to some of the remote wilderness in the lower 48 states.

When To Go

Winter at Yellowstone National Park delivers a more intimate experience, featuring fascinating snowy landscapes and animals at home in the frost.

Four standing skiiers on snowy ground at Yellowstone National Park, watching a herd of bison.
Winter is wonderful at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: NPS / Neal Herbert

Accessibility at Yellowstone National Park

The Accessibility Guide to Yellowstone booklet is available to download from the park website. It includes the most detailed accessibility maps and information for the area. You should also download the free NPS Yellowstone app, which has a park map with a “Wheelchair Access” filter. It shows the trailheads and facilities that are wheelchair accessible.

A man seated in an off-road wheelchair taking a photo of a valley at Yellowstone National Park
Exploring Yellowstone National Park with an off-road wheelchair is a great option. Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Almost all activities and tours offered by Yellowstone National Park Lodges can accommodate visitors who use mobility aids. For more information, visit their website.

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