There are few places in the country where you can watch a geyser spout, explore a grand canyon, glimpse a grizzly bear on the hunt for prey, and get up close to a herd of buffalo all in the same day. But you can do all this and more at Yellowstone National Park! Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America’s first national park and stretches a whopping 3,468 square miles into parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
During peak summer season, many visitors come to camp at this park, creating noisy, overcrowded campsites. Save yourself the headache of finding a suitable camping spot and stay in your very own vacation rental, instead. Not only will you have quick access to the park, but you’ll be able to come home to top-notch amenities and relax in comfort in Big Sky
after all your Yellowstone adventures.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
The majority of Yellowstone National Park’s 2.2 million acres lies in northwest Wyoming, extending west into Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest and north into Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Of the park's five entrances, the most popular is the entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, due in large part to its numerous lodging options and easy access to geysers.
Activities in Yellowstone National Park
From your vacation rental in Big Sky, take a scenic drive to explore the Lamar Valley. Make sure to bring your camera along to snap photos of large herds of grazing bison, elk, and pronghorn antelope. History buffs will appreciate a visit to the north entrance’s Roosevelt Arch, a monument built in 1903 to commemorate the park.
Only 82 miles from our Big Sky vacation rentals, you’ll find one of Yellowstone’s most famous features: Old Faithful. This cone geyser received its name from early settlers observing its constant, regular eruptions. Every 35 minutes to two hours it erupts, sending huge geothermal plumes of superheated water and steam as high as 106 feet in the air! Watch it all from a safe distance on an official guided tour offered by the National Park Service.
Close to Old Faithful, check out the majestic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Hike along Uncle Tom’s Trail or the South Rim Trail to access a lookout deck for snapping postcard-worthy photos of its thundering upper and lower waterfalls.
Family Fun in Yellowstone National Park
Take a ride aboard the vintage wagon on the Old West Dinner Cookout to experience the cowboy lifestyle with the whole family, enjoying a classic steak and beans dinner while a singin' cowboy serenades your group with traditional campfire anthems. Afterward, you'll really appreciate having a soft bed to return to.
Passionate kids might enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger program offered at Yellowstone, where they can learn about the park’s natural history through Ranger-led games, hikes, wildlife talks, and more. Anyone who completes the program is awarded an official Junior Ranger patch!
Depending on the time of year your trip falls, you’ll find numerous seasonal activities. In the summer, fun on the water is possible with a guided whitewater rafting on the Yellowstone River, or go kayaking, fishing, and take a boat tour on Yellowstone Lake. You might also enjoy family-friendly bike tours, horseback riding, and hiking on countless trails. When the snow falls, make the most of it by going cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
An all-seasons destination with limitless options for exploring some of America’s most pristine wildlands, Yellowstone National Park is a must-see. Experience the convenience of witnessing it all from one of our comfortable vacation rentals today!
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