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The Lay of the Land

Yellowstone geography

Described simply, most of Yellowstone National Park and region is a collection of high volcanic plateaus surrounded by mountains. Plateaus are associated with being flat, or relatively flat, but driving around Yellowstone doesn’t give that impression: There are too many mountains all over the park (for example, Mount Washburn and Sheridan Peak). There are several broad valleys, most with canyons, including the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There are some big lakes, including Yellowstone Lake. Even the true plateau areas, such as the Central Plateau or the Pitchstone Plateau, seem to be pitted, scarred, and not very flat. The ring of mountains around most sides of the park is fairly obvious (Absarokas east and north, Gallatin Range north and west, Red Mountains and Tetons south). In a word, the park’s terrain is best summed up as rugged.

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Fishing and Boating

Fishing is one of the great appeals of Yellowstone National Park. Though fishing in summer 2007 was curtailed by warm weather leading to a ban on fishing in certain parts of the park, fishing is still allowed in the rest of the area. Here’s a look at the fishing regulations for Yellowstone. 1.    Fishing Hours and Dates ·     Season begins ...

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Ranger Stations

Emergencies occur in Yellowstone all the time. Should something happen to you on your trip -- major or minor -- you'll want to know where the nearest ranger station is.

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Visitor Centers

A little bit of context greatly enhances the Yellowstone National Park experience. Anyone spending time in the park will want to check out the various visitor centers maintained by the National Park Service. No two are alike, and they cover all aspects of the Yellowstone experience. They're presented here in alphabetical order.

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Seasons and Weather


Nothing is normal in Yellowstone National Park when it comes to seasons: summers are hot, winters are amazingly cold, and spring and fall are short and sweet. There's something for everyone during the four seasons in Yellowstone National Park.

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Medical Services – Post Offices

You’re never too far away from a clinic or post office in Yellowstone. Medical Services There are three medical facilities in Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Clinic is open year-round Oct. 1 – May 30, open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 1-2 p.m.), closed Friday afternoons. June 1 – Sept. 30 open daily, 8:30 a.m. ...

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Park Fees & Prices — 2009

Nothing worthwhile in life is free, and that includes Yellowstone National Park. Here are the 2009 prices for park admission for vehicles, RVs, commercial vehicles and seniors.

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Yellowstone Park Entrances

Entrances Map

Entrances to Yellowstone National Park are known by their geographic direction in relation to the park, not by the cities near the entrance.

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2012-2013 Yellowstone National Park Opening and Closing Dates

Here are the 2012-2013 closing dates you’ll need to plan your next visit to Yellowstone National Park. These dates are current as of October 21, 2012. Bridge Bay Campground: Closed; opens late May. Dock Rental: Closed; opens late May. Scenic Cruises: Closed; opens early June. Guide Boats (outboards): Closed; opens early June. Marina Store: Closed; opens late May. Canyon Village ...

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Vehicle Services

In the summer, the vast majority of Yellowstone National Park visitors arrive in an automobile. Chances are pretty good you’ll need to fill the car or RV with gas during your Yellowstone sojourn. While gas prices are a little higher in the park than in the surrounding area, park regulations assure you won’t be gouged if you fill in the ...

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