Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris Closed Sept. 14-30
The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. The road from Mammoth to Norris is closed for two weeks—traffic should detour over Dunraven Pass. More »
History & Culture
The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. From then until to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes. These traditional uses of Yellowstone lands continued until a little over 200 years ago when the first people of European descent found their way into the park. In 1872, a country that had not yet seen its first centennial established Yellowstone as the first national park in the world. A new concept was born and with it a new way for people to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Please explore these web pages to learn more about history and culture in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone's Heritage and Research Center
Online Publications Related to Yellowstone History
Enchanted Enclosure, The Army Engineers and Yellowstone National Park, A Documentary History - Historical Division, Office of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, Washington, D.C. 1976
Oh Ranger! - Horace Albright and Frank Taylor, published in 1928 by Stanford University
Yellowstone National Park, Its Exploration and Establishment - An online Yellowstone history book by Aubrey L. Haines
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.