Preserving Cultural Resources

A historic photo of a large group of visitors walking away from the Old Faithful Inn.
Yellowstone’s cultural resources tell the stories of people, shown here around 1910 near the Old Faithful Inn, and their connections to the park. The protection of these resources affects how the park is managed today.



Yellowstone National Park’s mission includes preserving and interpreting evidence of past human activity through archeology and historic preservation; features that are integral to how a group of people identifies itself (ethnographic resources); and places associated with a significant event, activity, person or group of people that provide a sense of place and identity (historic buildings, roads, and cultural landscapes). All of these materials and places tell the story of people in Yellowstone. Collectively, they are referred to as cultural resources.

Black obsidian arrowheads and other artifacts collected in Norris Geyser Basin area

Archeological resources are the primary and often only source about humans in Yellowstone.

Three Nez Perce on horseback.
Native American Affairs

Many tribes have a traditional connection to the land and resources of Yellowstone.

Black and white image of a large, wooden A-frame structure.
Cultural Landscapes

Yellowstone contains an array of landscapes that reflect the park’s history and development patterns.

Scan of an historic Haynes postcard showing Roosevelt Arch
History & Culture

Explore the rich human and ecological stories that continue to unfold.

Last updated: August 14, 2023

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PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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