Lodging - Hotels & Camping
Nine lodges in Yellowstone National Park (cabin & hotel style) totalling over 2000 rooms are available for accommodation. Only the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are open in the winter months.
12 campgrounds with over 2000 campsites are available for campers.
In Yellowstone National Park, the summers are short, comfortable, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 4°F (-15°C) to 76°F (25°C) and is rarely below -15°F (-26°C) or above 84°F (28°C) (Source: Weatherspark)
Where To See Wildlife
The best place to see Grizzly bears is in Hayden and Lamar valleys on the north slopes of MT. Washburn, and from Fishing Bridge to the East Entrance.
Grey wolves are best seen in the in the Northern ranges of Yellowstone in the Lamar valley. Bison are also best found in the Hayden and Lamar valleys.
There are estimated to be around 150 Grizzly bears with home ranges wholly or partially in the park, and 728 estimated to be in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem (2019).
They are currently listed as threatened but are said to be doing well in the area by scientists and managers.
How Many Rangers Work There
Many employee positions in Yellowstone are seasonal due to the fact that summer attracts the most tourists.
About 738 people work for the National Park service during summer and there are around 386 permanent, year round employees.
How Did The Park Get Its Name
It derives its name from the major river running through the area, also called Yellowstone.