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Yellowstone Park's eight visitor centers and accompanying museums are historic attractions in their own right. Spread across four distinct geographic areas of the park, they each tell a story about Yellowstone's gradual and sometimes awkward evolution as the country's first national park. Several of the visitor centers are listed on the Registry of National Historic Places and most date back to the early- or mid-20th century.
Located at Mammoth Hot Springs, five miles from the North Entrance, the Albright Visitor Center is best known as "Fort Yellowstone." Its museum features several historical exhibits, as well as a number of 19th century buildings that once served as a U.S. Calvary post.
Built in the early 20th century, this National Historic Landmark is thought to be located near the site of a campfire circle that had been used by the Washburn expedition in 1870.
The Norris Geyser Basin Visitor Center, located at the southwest end of the park, features exhibits on the park's unique geothermal features and is a National Historic Landmark.
Best known for Yellowstone's famous geyser, the visitor center provides information on backcountry access and Yellowstone ecology. The location also maintains a clinic and a ranger station.
One of the park's newest centers, it features interpretive walks and films on Yellowstone history and ecology.
The Fishing Bridge Visitor Center and Museum houses several exhibits on Yellowstone wildlife and is known for its early 20th century architecture.
Built in 1957, the structure serves as a welcome center for Yellowstone's spectacular canyon region, which includes 308-ft-high Lower Falls.
Several of this region's early 20th century ranger stations are listed on the Register of National Historic Places.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
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...
Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide (Falcon Pocket Guides Series) by Ann Simpson and Rob Simpson. Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide is an information-packed, pocket-size guide that helps visitors get the most out of their park visit in a unique, convenient, and portable package. Order now...
Wyoming Road & Recreation Atlas, 2nd Edition by Benchmark. Benchmark's field-checked Landscape Maps clearly depict the terrain, and pinpoint the many backroads that crisscross the state. The Recreation Guide lists the many outstanding recreation opportunities by category, with accompanying Public Lands maps. Order now...
The Rough Guide to Yellowstone & Grand Teton by Stephen Timblin. This guide is packed with full-colour photos, detailed maps, reviews on every single restaurant and lodge within Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and comprehensive looks at the Parks' various gateway towns. The guide also takes a detailed look at hiking, with two full chapters dedicated to the best hikes found in each park. Order now...
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