There are 27 current tribes that have historic connections to the lands and resources now found within Yellowstone National Park.
Learn about Yellowstone's story from the earliest humans to today.
European Americans Arrive
In the late 1700s, fur traders traveled the Yellowstone River in search of Native Americans with whom to trade.
Expeditions Explore Yellowstone
Formal expeditions mapped and explored the area, leading to the nation's understanding of the region.
Birth of a National Park
Learn about Yellowstone's early days as a national park.
Managing the national park has evolved over time and dealt with some complex issues.
Today's National Park Service
The National Park Service manages over 80 million acres in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.
Timeline of Human History in Yellowstone
The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years.
The Earliest Humans in Yellowstone
Human occupation of this area seems to follow environmental changes of the last 15,000 years.
Many tribes have a traditional connection to this region and its resources.
Last updated: March 12, 2021