Yellowstone National Park is an amazing place to visit and offers plenty of things to see and do. But there's a lot you should know about Yellowstone before you start to load up the motorhome ....
Yellowstone spans three states.
Though 96 percent of Yellowstone lies in the state of Wyoming, 3 percent of the park is actually in Montana, and the remaining 1 percent is in Idaho. Because part of the park lies in Montana, you can actually visit Yellowstone by taking a detour off of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which Forbes has named as one of the top ten RV road trip paths in the United States.
There are 12 different campgrounds.
When you visit Yellowstone, you can choose from among 12 different campgrounds that span the park's 2,221,766 acres. Exploring the natural surroundings is one of the best ways to avoid conflict and cabin fever, so it's a good thing Yellowstone has so much space. Even if you spend an entire week at Yellowstone, chances are you will leave without seeing even half of the park.
Yellowstone is home to an active volcano.
If you visit the right part of Yellowstone, you will come face-to-face with an active volcano. You may also see one or more of the 300 geysers operating within the park. In addition to its thermal features, the park is home to approximately 290 waterfalls and thousands of petrified trees.
You may experience an earthquake.
Yellowstone National Park experiences between 1,000 and 3,000 earthquakes each year, which can vary in severity. If you happen to be camping during an earthquake, you will be glad that you took the time to compare RV insurance rates before you left home.
You may need a reservation.
Yellowstone is extremely busy. During the peak season, which lasts from early July to late August, campgrounds fill up early in the day. Even during off-season months it can be difficult to find an open site, especially if you are driving an RV that is longer than 30 feet. For this reason, it is wise to reserve a campsite well in advance when you plan to stay in the park. Sites for large RVs can be found at Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge RV Park and Flagg Ranch.
There are limits on how long you can camp.
During peak season, no one visitor can camp for longer than 14 days at a time. During the rest of the year, camping is limited to 30 consecutive days, except at Fishing Bridge. Yellowstone also limits the number of people that can stay in each campsite to six at a time.
Yellowstone is full of culture.
Though you may be expecting to visit Yellowstone and see nothing but trees, animals and natural phenomena, Yellowstone also boasts a rich cultural history. While camping in the park, you can visit up to 900 historic buildings, 9 museums and one national historic trail. You can also learn about the 24 Native American tribes associated with the park.
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For more information about Yellowstone National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell