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Grant Village and West Thumb are often thought of as one location, as they both populate the scenic shoreline of Yellowstone Lake. Amenities along the shoreline include several restaurants, accommodations, camping facilities and a variety of exhibits and audio visual presentations on Yellowstone ecology and history.
Overlooking the southwest shore of West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake, Grant Village's attractive setting makes it a favorite stopping place for many visitors. A restaurant and lodge overlook the water's edge, approximately three miles from the West Thumb. Those who are willing to rise before dawn are treated to a first-hand view of Yellowstone Lake's scenery at its best.
Known as one of the hottest areas of the park, West Thumb is an expanse of active and dormant geysers, many of which can be seen along the shoreline or below the water's surface. Geologists continue to study West Thumb and Mary Bay, on the east side of the lake, for clues about the earth's early formation.
West Thumb Information Center, which includes a warming hut for winter visitors, hosts a bookstore and interpretive talks during the summer. The local information center provides an overview of the area's unusual attractions.
North of West Thumb is the 51-foot-high Natural Bridge, an outcropping of rhyolite lava that was carved by erosion thousands of years ago and extends across Bridge Bay. North America's largest population of native cutthroat trout can be found at Bridge Bay Marina, a favorite location as well for bird enthusiasts.
Visitor Center facilities
Location: At Grant Village, on western shore of Yellowstone Lake, 17 miles east of Old Faithful.
Seasonal hours: Late May - September; 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily
Accommodations available: Camping, lodge.
Other services: Bookstore, exhibits, video of Yellowstone fire history, ranger station, stores and restaurants.
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Compass American Guides: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, 1st Edition by Brian Kevin. Fodor's Compass American Guides have a new design and practical information you need to make the most of your visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Easy-to-use practical information you need to get around and experience the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Order now...
The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone by Matt Bolton. Sized perfectly for backpacks this guide offers specifics on food, what to see, children's activities, weather, wildlife, seasonal road closures, ranger programs, visitor centers, what differentiates each section of the park and more. Filled with information, phone numbers, web sites, and detailed maps this is the tool to use when planning a trip to Yellowstone. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Yellowstone National Park by Don Pitcher. 80-page compact guide covering must-see attractions and maps with sightseeing highlights. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
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