Hi, I’m Kelli English. I’ve been a park ranger for the national park service since 2001 and I came here to Yellowstone National Park in 2006. Yellowstone is a truly incredible place. The breathtaking mountain scenery and the untouched natural landscapes evoke images of an earlier era, when much of our country was still wilderness.
Animals like bison, grizzly bears and wolves roam freely, living out the dramas of their lives. Here they are protected and will always have a safe haven.
The thermal features are my favorites. Geysers erupt daily in the park’s thermal basins, joyfully sending thousands of gallons of hot water hurdling skyward. Beautiful blue hot springs provide a unique habitat for heat-loving micro-organisms and look great in photographs.
For me, there’s nothing quite like the sounds of Yellowstone. I love the high-pitched yipping of coyotes at sunset, the bizarre gurgling of mudpots, the eerie bugle of a bull elk echoing through the mist on a chilly fall morning. Those are the kinds of experiences that will stay with me always.
One of the neatest things about Yellowstone is that you don’t have to be an experienced hiker or backpacker to enjoy the park. Some folks do come here and spend days in the backcountry, immersing themselves in the outdoors.
However, you can also enjoy Yellowstone sitting down. Three hundred and ten miles of paved roads wind through the park, connecting travelers with our eight visitor centers. Many people have an unforgettable experience right from the front seat of their car.
Our job as park rangers is to protect and preserve this incredible place but also to help people discover and nurture their own special relationship with the park. Please enjoy the Inside Yellowstone videos, and I hope to see you sometime in Yellowstone, creating your own unforgettable experience.