The places people create in the natural world are known as cultural landscapes. In Yellowstone, these landscapes reflect the park’s history and changing relationship between people and the environment.
Many places in Yellowstone have been preserved because of the information they convey about past human activities in the region or because of their significance in architectural or park history. Historic structures and sites in Yellowstone contribute to the park's record of the early and on-going efforts to balance resource preservation and facility development for public enjoyment.
- Obsidian Cliff: Obsidian was first quarried from this cliff for toolmaking more than 11,000 years ago and gradually spread along trade routes from western Canada to Ohio.
- Yellowstone Lake, 9,000 years ago: The earliest intact cultural deposits in the park have been found at a site on the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
- Lake Hotel, 1891
- Lamar Buffalo Ranch, 1906
- Mammoth Hot Springs, late 1800s: Including the Mammoth Post Office and Roosevelt Arch
- Old Faithful Area, early 1900s: Including the Old Faithful Inn and Queen's Laundry Bathhouse
- Roosevelt Lodge, 1920
- Fishing Bridge, Madison, and Norris Trailside Museums,1929-1932
- Fort Yellowstone; includes Norris and Bechler River soldier stations, and Roosevelt Arch.
- Lake Fish Hatchery, 1930
- Northeast Entrance, 1935
- Town Site of Cinnabar, Montana, 1903: The Northern Pacific Railroad established Cinnabar in 1883 as the last stop on its branch line to Yellowstone National Park, and caused its abandonment after the railroad was extended to the park boundary in 1903. Nothing remains of the town today except archeological evidence.
- Historic Roads, 1905: The road construction that began in Yellowstone in the 1870s became the United States’ first large-scale road plan and served as a model for other parks. Engineer Hiram Chittenden designed the roads.
- Haynes Photo Shops, 1884: As leaders in concessions development in Yellowstone from 1884 to 1962, Frank Jay Haynes and his son Jack Ellis Haynes constructed many buildings for their enterprises.
- Lodging No Longer Standing: Several hotels are no longer standing in Yellowstone.
- Historic Backcountry Cabins