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.
Preserving Cultural Resources
Learn how Yellowstone National Park works to preserve and interpret the human history of the region.
In the Shadow of the Arch
A blog by our archivists will give you a peek into the stacks and storage areas of our library, archives, and museum collections.
Timeline of Human History in Yellowstone
The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years.
Last updated: March 15, 2021