It has now been just over 100 years since park rangers assumed responsibility for Yellowstone National Park from the U.S. Army. To celebrate the rich history and incredible change in the park over the years, we put together these “then-and-now” photos, highlighting just how Yellowstone has changed.
The true beauty of the park is in the details – in seeing how time, wind, water, and yes, even we humans have changed Yellowstone. It’s incredible to look back at what the park’s most beloved landmarks were like back when those first rangers walked the trails and to compare those images with today’s.
These pictures tell a story decades in the making, which is still unfolding every day – and thanks to stewards of Yellowstone like yourself, there are generations’ worth of stories still left to tell.