Nov 05
Brink of the Lower Falls

10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Yellowstone

We have so much to be thankful for in Yellowstone: more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, 500 active geysers, the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, Native American culture and heritage, national park rangers. Here’s our list—in no particular order—of 10 Reasons to be Thankful for Yellowstone.



YF / Matt Ludin

Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. While you can’t see a live dinosaur, you can see a herd of wild and woolly Yellowstone bison, and that’s almost just as good. Learn more


Geysers & Hot Springs

NPS / Dan Stahler

Having heard this statistic before doesn’t make it any less mind-blowing: Yellowstone has more geysers and hot springs than the rest of the world combined. We’ll probably never manage to see all 10,000 of these hissing, bubbling, colorful, or odd-smelling phenomena. But we can try! Learn more


Native American Culture and Heritage

For thousands of years prior to being established as a national park, Yellowstone was the home of—and is still culturally significant to—many Tribal Nations. Currently, 27 Tribes are recognized as having cultural association with the park. Yellowstone’s ethnographic resources are the natural and cultural features that are significant to tribes. They include sites, plant and animal species, objects associated with routine or ceremonial activities, and migration routes.  Learn more


Old Faithful Inn

Photo: Yellowstone National Park Lodges

It has been called the world’s largest log cabin. While we can’t confirm that distinction, it is indeed magnificent! When you visit, it’s hard not to feel like a kid in your own giant, fantasy treehouse. Learn more



NPS / Neal Herbert

Grizzly bears currently occupy only 2% of their historic range in the lower 48 states. We are thankful that Yellowstone provides habitat where this remarkable creature can endure. Learn more


Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Artist Point View

YF / Matt Ludin

The canyon has inspired many artists, but the true artist is Mother Nature, having carved this extraordinary masterpiece with volcanic activity and water over the course of millennia. Learn more


Yellowstone Lake

NPS / Neal Herbert

Although we can’t witness the eruption of the Yellowstone volcano, we can see one of its byproducts. Yellowstone Lake is part of the caldera formed after the last major eruption 640,000 years ago. Today, we can enjoy boating, fishing, or just marveling at its 136 square miles of splendor. Learn more


Yellowstone Rangers

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Those high-tech companies might have ping-pong tables, but if you want to meet someone with a true passion for their workplace, all you need to do is talk to a Yellowstone ranger. They are always happy to share their immense knowledge and enthusiasm for the park. Learn more



NPS / Jacob W. Frank

With more than 1,000 miles of trails, there is a hike to suit every taste. The only bad thing we can say is that it’s so very hard to choose which trail to take! Want some hiking ideas and inspiration? Learn more



NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Since the wolves were reintroduced in 1995, Yellowstone is one of the best places worldwide to watch wolves in the wild. Today, the park provides the optimal place to research how this amazing predator affects many aspects of the ecosystem. The Yellowstone Wolf Project has been funded by Yellowstone Forever since 1996. Learn more


Bonus: YOU!

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Yellowstone Forever’s members are true caretakers of the country’s first national park. Through their generous donations they fund projects that protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone for future generations such as wolf research, bison conservation, trail maintenance, visitor safety, and more! Learn more