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Yellowstone National Park Map-Which Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Mar 23, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Yellowstone National Park is huge with nearly 3,500-sq. miles of wilderness recreation area. There are five entrances to the park ⎯ North Entrance, Northeast Entrance, South Entrance, East Entrance and West Entrance. Here are the details on each to help you plan your trip to the Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

North Entrance

From the North Entrance, you are well-situated to see the park’s incredible wildlife, as well as the famed Mammoth Hot Springs and the historic hotel and dining room located near the hot springs. You also pass the Boiling River turnoff on the stretch of road from Gardiner to Mammoth. In the Boiling River, one of two sanctioned swimming areas in the park, you can swim in an area where warm hot springs water enters the Yellowstone River.

Northeast Entrance

With its sweeping alpine vistas, Beartooth Highway, along US 212, is the closest you may get to feeling as if you are on top of the world. Every corner of the road presents a more incredible view than the previous. Head south over Beartooth Pass, before dropping into Cooke City and Silver Gate, the closest towns to the Northeast Entrance.

East Entrance

The East Entrance brings you right to the Yellowstone Lake, the largest mountain lake at such a high elevation of 7,733 feet. It stretches 20 miles long and 14 miles across and its shorelines are dotted with geothermal features. From there, the West Thumb Geyser Basic and Old Faithful lie to the southeast and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to the north.

South Entrance

If you are looking to tackle two national parks in one day, the South Entrance is for you. From Jackson, Wyoming you can stop at the awe-inspiring Grand Teton National Park along your 64-mile drive north on the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Highway up to Yellowstone. Once you enter through the South Entrance, you will drive along a stretch of the park’s road without any turnoffs for more than 20 miles. But once you hit the West Thumb Geyser Basin, you can explore some of the park’s amazing geothermal features. From there, head west to view Old Faithful or continue north along the shores of Yellowstone Lake and on up as far as the Lamar Valley, which stretches to the Montana border and is known for its abundance of large mammals, including wolves, bison and bears.

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West Entrance

When you enter the park through the West Entrance, you will drive 14 miles until you reach Madison, a jumping off point for geyser basin to the north and south. Head south and you will see the largest geyser basin in Yellowstone called the Lower Geyser Basin, which includes Fountain Paint Pot, Fire hole Lake Drive area and the Great Fountain Geyser. You’ll want to stop at the Midway Geyser Basin, slightly south, which is home to the dazzling Grand Prismatic Spring, which has resident bacteria that creates rainbow-like rings in the spring. Further south is the Upper Geyser Basin, which is home to Old Faithful, Biscuit Basin and others. At least 150 geysers exist in 1 square mile here.

Yellowstone Entrance Timings 

Yellowstone Entrance

Timings

North Entrance

Open year-round

West Entrance

Open from third Friday in April through early November & tracked-oversnow vehicles (snowcoaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15. 

 

East Entrance

Open from from the third Friday in April through early November, and to tracked-oversnow vehicles (snowcoaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15. 

South Entrance

Open from the second Friday in May through early November and to tracked-over snow vehicles (snowcoaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15

Northeast Entrance

Open year-round

 

Nearest Airport

Yellowstone Entrance

Nearest Airport

North Entrance

Bozeman, MT

West Entrance

West Yellowstone, MT; Bozeman, MT; Idaho Falls, ID; and Salt Lake City, UT

East Entrance

Cody, WY

South Entrance

Jackson, WY

Northeast Entrance

 Billings, MT

 

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