History & Culture


Yellowstone National Park has rich human and ecological stories that continue to unfold. People have spent time in the Yellowstone region for more than 11,000 years. Many tribes and bands used the park as their home, hunting grounds, and transportation routes prior to and after European American arrival. Yellowstone was established as the world's first national park in 1872. Yellowstone tells the stories of people and their connections to the park.


Park History
Learn about Yellowstone's story from the earliest humans to today's modern management.


The Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center houses Yellowstone's museum collection, archives, and research library.


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Publications About Yellowstone History

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