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Ask a random person to name just one national park in the US, and there is a good chance they will reply, "Yellowstone" right away. Each year, millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park from countries around the world to explore more than 2 million acres of rugged scenery and spectacular wildlife.
In this park guide, we will introduce you to some of the coolest things to see and do in Yellowstone National Park. We will also tell you what you need to know about camping in and around the park.
Yellowstone National Park is easy to navigate and explore. The main road makes roughly the shape of a figure 8, with five roads leading out of the park in five different directions. Alas, the park is so huge that there is no way to see it all in a single visit, especially if you will only be there for a few days. Here are some top recommended destinations and activities:
This is truly just a sampling of the amazing destinations in the park, and we have largely gone over the more popular destinations. There are plenty of off-the-beaten-path hikes you can take to explore deeper into the park.
Pro Tip: Consider taking a drive at night. Watch out for wild animals, as they are all over the roads after dark. But what you won’t see is a lot of other tourists. There are some geysers that go off at night, and the entire character of the park transforms when you see the steam from the basins glowing in the moonlight.
What kinds of wildlife can you see in Yellowstone? You can look forward to spotting bison, coyotes, elk, otters, wolves, moose and more.
There are twelve campgrounds in Yellowstone:
Although there are around 2,000 campsites, they book fast every season. You will have to reserve as early as possible, otherwise you will be typically be stuck camping outside the park. Only Mammoth Campground is first come, first served through the off-season (October 15th through April 1st).
Check the amenities at each of the campgrounds to see what you will and will not need to bring. Some of them are located close to general stores. These stores carry some basic foodstuffs and supplies. Check out our guide if you are in the market for a camping tent that provides protection from rain.
Most people visit Yellowstone National Park during summer. One thing to know about Yellowstone in summer is that there are huge temperature swings between day and night. Not only that, but the weather can change at the drop of a hat. So, pack with that in mind, especially if you are going to be camping in a tent. You will need a warm sleeping bag. And during the day, you are going to want clothes you can layer up or down as needed.
A 10x10 canopy tent can also be a great addition to your camp supplies. You can set it up at your site and relax under it after a day out hiking. It will ensure that you stay comfortable whether the sun is beating down or it is raining.
Now you have a preview of what you can expect when you visit Yellowstone National Park. But reading about these sights in text does not in any way capture the majesty of this park’s picturesque views or the delight of its wildlife. You will just need to plan a trip and experience it for yourself. Have fun camping in Yellowstone!