Mammoth Area NPS Visitor Facilities
Albright Visitor Center
The Albright Visitor Center is located at Mammoth Hot Springs, five miles inside the North Entrance and at the northwest corner of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road. The visitor center and all the red-roofed, many-chimneyed houses down the street from it were built by the U.S. Cavalry during a time when this was "Fort Yellowstone," an Army post dedicated to protecting the national park. Although the soldiers left after the Park Service was created in 1916, outwardly the old fort has changed little from the time of Army residency. Fort Yellowstone, comprised mostly of this block and the two rows of buildings behind it, is one of the best remaining examples of a 1900-era cavalry post.
The visitor center (formerly bachelor officers' quarters) will house a new series of exhibits beginning in 2015. The exhibits will range from Yellowstone wildlife and cultural history, to an in-depth look at Yellowstone's Northern Range. The Yellowstone Association will have a sales area near the information desk in the visitor center and the Division of Resource Management and Visitor Protection will operate a backcountry office inside the visitor center. This office issues backcountry camping permits, boating permits, fishing permits, and general information.
Did You Know?
There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.