Ranger-led programs are one of the best ways to have fun and learn about Yellowstone. From June through September, rangers offer free walks and talks throughout the day at many park locations. Check the park website, the official park newspaper or at any visitor center for a list of topics and times. During the winter season, the park offers a limited number of programs.
Because Yellowstone is sits on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, rangers offer many programs on the park’s amazing geological features. Rangers lead walks through geyser basins, along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and to one of Yellowstone’s many waterfalls.
At other free walks and talks rangers can help you identify animal tracks and signs; learn how the park manages its natural resources like cutthroat trout, bison, and wolves; and learn about the basic plants and animals of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
History buffs can join a ranger for a free tour of Fort Yellowstone. Explore what it was like to be a soldier or an early visitor in the world’s first national park.
If you are interested in spending more time with a ranger, look into our summer Ranger Adventure Hikes. Reservations are required and must be made in person at a visitor center. There is a $15 fee for adults and a $5 fee for children between 7 and 15. Space is limited to fifteen participants on these half-day adventures.
Yellowstone’s weather changes fast, so come prepared. Don’t forget bug spray, sun screen and raingear if you attend an outdoor program.
After a successful day exploring Yellowstone, relax and enjoy a free Evening Program. During the summer, they are held at many campgrounds and visitor centers throughout the park. Remember-most Evening Programs don’t start until the sun goes down- but it is a great tradition that is worth staying up for.