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    Yellowstone

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    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 »

Mammoth Area NPS Visitor Facilities

Exterior photo of Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth

Albright Visitor Center

  • The Albright Visitor Center is currently undergoing renovation and is closed. It will reopen by May, 2015.
  • A temporary visitor center is located across the street from the Albright Visitor Center. There you will find park information, a bookstore, and exhibits on wildlife.
  • Beginning May, backcountry camping permits, boating permits, fishing permits may be obtained in the Ranger Station across the street.

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?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.