The world’s first national park is a great place to explore and learn together as a family. There is no end to the number of options and activities available to you. The hard part is trying to figure out which one to do first! We’ve pulled together all the resources and information you’ll need to plan an unforgettable family trip to Yellowstone National Park. You’re sure to take home memories to last a lifetime.
Kid-Friendly Hikes in Yellowstone
There’s so much to see and do in Yellowstone! Sometimes we don’t have time for a long hike, but we still want to get off the road and deeper into the park. We’ve rounded up some ideas for short hikes and walks ranging from 3/8 mile to three miles. They are appropriate for visitors of all ages, provide fantastic views, and offer informational trail signs to learn more.
Become a Yellowstone Junior Ranger
Children ages 4 and up can earn a Junior Ranger badge after completing an official activities booklet (available at visitor centers) that cover different aspects of the park like wildlife and geology. Adults – you can earn a badge, too! There is no age limit 😊. The well-loved Junior Ranger program provides a wonderful introduction to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and how each individual can play a role in preserving it for the future.
Explore a Yellowstone Visitor Center
Ten visitor centers and information stations are found throughout the park. Step inside one to talk with a ranger, discover more about the park’s wildlife and thermal features through exhibits for youth and adults, or simply to help plan your day’s adventure. You’ll also find Yellowstone Forever Park Stores at most locations. Stop in to say hello, become a supporter, and shop for books, maps/guides, clothes, and a multitude of souvenirs.
Take a Yellowstone Forever Institute Tour
Perfect for all ages and ability levels, Private Tours provide a truly customized experience. Registering is easy—simply choose from a variety of themed options and your Yellowstone Forever Institute instructor will provide an adventure designed around your needs and interests. We’ll connect you and your youngsters to the stories behind the fascinating sights and sounds of Yellowstone. We now also offer half day Yellowstone Day Adventures tours of the park’s northern range. These tours are convenient and designed around wildlife watching experiences.
Camping in Yellowstone = Family Fun
Camping in Yellowstone is a budget-friendly alternative to hotels, and also a whole lot of fun. It’s a terrific way to unplug, experience the park’s natural environment, and enjoy simple pleasures like cooking and eating around the campfire. Ready to plan your trip? Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about staying in a Yellowstone campground.
Yellowstone Art & Photography Center
The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center is located at Old Faithful near the visitor center and celebrates the role art and photography played in the preservation of Yellowstone and many other public lands. The Center offers staff-led activities, an art lecture series, and daily hands-on activities for the whole family. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit Yellowstone.org/art.
The Art & Photography Center will open for the season on May 24!