History & Culture

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.

Rocks covered in lichen arranged in the shape of a tall fire ring on a mountain top

Park History

Learn about Yellowstone's story from the earliest humans to today.

A yellow bus in front of a yellow wood-sided building with white pillars and trim


Every place and building in Yellowstone has a story.

A horseshoe covered in white rock reads


The Heritage and Research Center houses Yellowstone's extensive museum collection, archives, and research library.

A one-story log cabin across a meadow with bison in it


The preservation of cultural resources helps tell the stories of people and their connections to the park.


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Publications About Yellowstone History

Last updated: August 16, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168


(307) 344-7381

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