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 visit the links below 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?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.