Top things to do in Yellowstone with kids

Best Things to Do in Yellowstone with Kids

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Are you visiting Yellowstone with kids and looking for ideas on what there is to see and do for families? This article should give you plenty of inspiration for your family vacation in Yellowstone. Find out!

Recently, we visited Yellowstone National Park with our three kids; the 5-year-old twins and a 7-year-old. We spent four amazing days at America’s oldest national park and discovered some great activities for families that we didn’t know about in advance.

There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone for families with kids, but in four days we obviously couldn’t do it all. So we concentrated on the most beautiful, must-see areas of Yellowstone, but also left some spare time to explore, play and relax.

In this post, we are sharing our experience-based suggestions for the very best family-friendly things to do in Yellowstone with kids.

Good to know: We visited Yellowstone in July – August, so this is a summer activity list. July – August are very busy months at the Yellowstone National park, but the moment you leave the main landmarks, it’s not busy at all. You can easily avoid the crowds and find plenty of things to see and do in Yellowstone with kids in summer. Find out!

Read also: Our American road trip itinerary featuring Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and other amazing destinations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

Yellowstone National Park sign
Welcome to Yellowstone National Park!

Best things to do in Yellowstone with kids – our family’s favorites

  1. Admire the colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring
  2. See the wildlife of Yellowstone
  3. Catch a rainbow at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
  4. Go geyser hunting
  5. Discover the best swimming spots of Yellowstone
  6. Visit the Mammoth Hot Springs
  7. Discover The Old Faithful Inn
  8. Take your family hiking in Yellowstone
  9. Drive the most scenic roads of Yellowstone
  10. Other family-friendly Yellowstone activities

1. Visit the Grand Prismatic Spring

No trip to Yellowstone National Park would be complete without seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring.

One of the finest and biggest hot springs in Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic is ideally seen from above. Unfortunately, the Fairy Falls trail was closed for construction when we visited, so we could only see the Grand Prismatic from the boar walk. Nevertheless, it was absolutely worth it! Without a doubt, one of the most extraordinary natural features we had ever seen!

Colorful Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in summer
Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic, just as the Old Faithful Geyser, suffers from its own popularity. It seems that these two places attract ten times more tourists than any other feature in the park. So prepare for the crowds, have patience at the car parking, or come back during less busy times in the morning or late in the evening.

On the other hand, I read that Grand Prismatic is best appreciated during the day when the sun is high, because that’s when you get to see the most amazing color spectacle. Early in the morning, you may not get to see much due to the steam covering the spring… I cannot comment on this, because we only visited once and it was right in the middle of the day. The colors were absolutely amazing and it was well worth a short wait for a parking spot.

What to pack? Your camera and sun protection. Be careful with the sun hats as the wind can be very strong here. It’s sad to see all those hats laying in the hot spring and polluting it.

TIP: Recently (after our visit), a new viewing platform has been opened. I think that seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring from above is an absolute must, one of the best things to do in Yellowstone. Please note that the Grand Prismatic viewing platform is accessible via the Fairy Falls trail, so not from Midway Geyser Basin.

LEARN MORE: Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin

Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone national Park
The colors of the Grand Prismatic are incredible

2. See Wildlife in the Lamar Valley

Yellowstone is home to so many different species of wildlife that you’ll inevitably run into some elk or bison in the park. However, none of those experiences can compare to visiting the Lamar Valley, North-East of Yellowstone.

The Lamar Valley is a bit further from the main tourist routes in Yellowstone, but it’s definitely worth a detour and a couple of hours of your time. The best time to see wildlife in the Lamar Valley is at sunrise or at sunset. With kids, we couldn’t make it there early in the morning, so we went late in the afternoon. Driving through the Lamar Valley was one of the best things we did in Yellowstone and the kids loved it just as much as we did.

There were bison EVERYWHERE. Not one, not tens, but hundreds of these incredible animals! They were crossing the road and creating major traffic jams, but nobody minded. For once, we didn’t have any problems keeping kids quiet in the car – they didn’t know where to look first and were not bored for a second! For a real feel, take a look at this short video shot on the road in the Lamar Valley.

Did you know that in 2016 The United States Congress has passed legislation, the National Bison Legacy Act, which names the bison a historical symbol of the United States?! The bison has joined the bald eagle as America’s symbolic animal.

Bison in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone
The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone is often called the Serengeti of North America
Bison crossing the road in Yellowstone National Park
You’ll definitely see bison in Yellowstone
Yellowstone Elk
Yellowstone Elk

You can also see lots of bison (and other wildlife) in Hayden Valley, but it’s crowded with cars! The Lamar Valley has stunning landscapes and there are almost no people, so if you have an extra hour or two, make sure you don’t miss it!

Bison jam in Hayden Valley
Bison jam in Hayden Valley

What to pack? Binoculars are a must, as is a good camera with a telephoto lens and preferably also a tripod (check this post for tips for the best camera equipment for wildlife photography).

If you have a couple of hours to spare, you can take foldable camping chairs and a picnic and just watch wildlife from one of the parking areas next to the road. We saw quite some people doing just that.

READ MORE: What to Wear and What to Pack for Yellowstone in Summer

Bison in Yellowstone National Park
Bison photographed from the car – approaching these animals is dangerous

3. Catch a Rainbow at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

There is a big variety of hiking trails at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, but with young kids, many of them aren’t really an option. Don’t despair, because you can easily explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with kids.

There are several parking lots and viewpoints along the South Rim as well as along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, allowing you to see the best places without having to hike for hours.

These are our three favorite places you have to see at the Yellowstone Canyon:

  • Uncle Tom’s Trail
  • Artist Point
  • Brink of the Upper Falls

While Artist Point and the Upper Falls are each just a short walk from the car parking, Uncle Tom’s Trail is a steep stairway descent of more than 300 steps. It’s a great trail for families with active kids who like climbing and don’t mind some stairs. Our kids loved this hike and we had difficulties keeping up with them.

Lower Falls of Grand Canyon of Yelowstone as seen from Uncle Tom's Trail
Lower Falls as seen from the Uncle Tom’s Trail
Uncle Tom's Trail Staircase - hiking in Yellowstone with kids
Uncle Tom’s Trail requires some serious climbing

TIP: At certain times in the morning, you can see a rainbow at the Lower Falls from Uncle Tom’s trail and also from the Artist Point. We were lucky to see both. We read that you could see a rainbow over the waterfall from the Artist Point at around 9.45-10 AM every morning (summer months), and so we timed our visit for that.

At Uncle Tom’s trail, we were just lucky to be there at the right time (9-9.15 AM). There was approximately 40 min. between the two rainbows, it was enough time to climb the Uncle Tom’s staircase back up, take the car to the Artist Point, and see the rainbow there.

This is not something I would adapt my whole Yellowstone itinerary to, but it’s good to know if you are visiting the canyon in the morning anyway, as it makes the whole experience even more special, especially for the children.

What to pack? Sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, and drinking water.

LEARN MORE: What to Seeat the Yellowstone Canyon

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - view from Artist Point with a rainbow over the waterfall
Yellowstone Canyon as seen from Artist Point in summer

4. See the Geysers at the Upper Geyser Basin Trail – Old Faithful Area

If there is one area you have to visit in Yellowstone with kids, it’s the Upper Geyser Basin. This area contains almost 25% of the world’s geysers, and you’ll definitely see at least a couple of them erupt.

The trails here are flat and also easily accessible with strollers. So even families with very young children can explore the most amazing thermal features of Yellowstone.

Geyser hunting in Yellowstone with kids
Geyser hunting in Yellowstone with kids

The complete Upper Geyser Basin loop trail is over 4 miles, but you don’t have to do everything and can choose which parts to explore and where to go. There are so many junctions that you can make the tour as long or as short as you want.

I strongly suggest walking all the way to the Morning Glory Pool (+-1.4 mile one way), we found it to be one of the most impressive hot pools of Yellowstone.

READ MORE: Visiting the Upper Geyser Basin

Kids at the Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone
Morning Glory Pool

Make sure you visit the visitor’s information center at the Old Faithful before you do this walk. There you can find the predicted eruption times for some of the geysers in the area.

We were lucky to see four geysers in action during our walk, but that might not always be the case. The predictions are not always very accurate, but once again, it gives you an idea of what you can expect.

Old Faithful Geyser prediction clock at OF Inn
Old Faithful Geyser prediction clock at OF Inn

There is one geyser that you definitely have to see, and that’s the Old Faithful geyser. It erupts at average intervals of about 90 minutes.

When we visited, the OF always erupted 10-15 min later than predicted, but it was worth the wait. We stayed at the Old Faithful Inn for one night, so we saw the Old Faithful go several times.

READ MORE: Visiting the Old Faithful

Old Faithful Inn and Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful as seen from the OF Inn

The main highlights of the Upper Geyser Basin include:

  • Old Faithful Geyser
  • Castle Geyser
  • Daisy Geyser
  • Grotto Geyser
  • Morning Glory Pool

The favorites of the kids in this area were the colorful Morning Glory Pool and the Castle Geyser that kept erupting and letting steam longer than any other geyser in the park. Apparently, it only erupts every 10-12 hours, so we were lucky to see it. On the other hand, the actual eruption lasts about 20 minutes and is afterwards followed by a noisy steam phase that lasts another 30-40 minutes.

So if you really want to, you should be able to see the Castle Geyser in action. In the meantime, take a look at the short video below.

What to pack? Sun protection and water. Also, grab a map of the area at the visitor’s center and check the expected eruption times of some of the geysers in this area.

5. Go for a Swim at the Boiling River or at the Firehole River

Boiling River

We didn’t know about the Boiling River of Yellowstone before our trip. An accidental encounter with a family from Montana introduced this place to us and it became one of our absolute favorite things to do in Yellowstone with kids.

The Boiling River is a sort of a natural hot tub. It’s created where a large hot spring enters the cold mountain river. The cold and the hot water mix is comfortable enough to bathe in.

It’s a great place to relax after a long day exploring in Yellowstone, or just to hang out with your kids and spend a couple of hours.

Boiling river in Yellowstone with kids
Walking to the Boiling River

Beware that the current is strong (it is a mountain river after all) and the water temperature can change quickly. So with kids, I’d stay a bit more on the side and not too close to the hot spring itself.

The river is not deep and you can easily find a quieter spot to lie down and relax in this natural bath.

Where is the Boiling River? Boiling River can be found approx. 2 miles north of Mammoth Springs, just off the main road to Gardiner. The bathing area is a 5-10 min walk from the car park.

What to pack for the Boiling River? Swimming gear, sun protection, and towels. Ideally, you should also take water shoes or at least flip flops or crocs, as there are quite some sharp stones in the river. However, keep an eye on your loose footwear as the current is very strong. I ended up chasing my son’s slipper down the river and I can tell you it was no fun… I’m sure the spectators had another opinion :).

READ MORE: Visiting the Boiling River in Yellowstone

Swimming in Boiling River in Yellowstone National Park
Boiling river

Firehole River

There is one more place where you can swim in Yellowstone – Firehole River.

It was extremely busy there when we visited, the narrow road was full of cars parked on the side of the road, and the river itself was crowded with people.

We didn’t swim there, so I cannot comment on the experience. It looked like a very nice place, just much too crowded for us. We preferred the look of the Boiling River by far.

6. Discover Mammoth Hot Springs

When researching information for our family trip to Yellowstone, I found some very different opinions about the Mammoth Hot Springs area. Some people said that they’d skip it completely, while some others said it’s their favorite part of Yellowstone.

We found the Mammoth Hot Springs area well worth a visit. More so, it’s one of the most special areas in Yellowstone and very different from anything else in the park. I would definitely recommend including Mammoth Hot Springs in your itinerary!

Furthermore, you can easily visit Mammoth Hot Springs with kids. The area is not very big, there are boardwalks and some staircases that bring you very close to some fascinating thermal features.

Minerva Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone
Minerva Terrace

The only problem we experienced at Mammoth Hot Springs, was the heat. The area has no shade at all and it was really warm when we visited.

I hiked the whole area (a bit less than an hour in total), while my husband and kids only did the lower part. They then took the car and drove up the Terrace Drive where they picked me up on top of the hill.

On a cooler day and being less tired from other activities, the kids wouldn’t have had any problems doing the whole walk at the Mammoth Hot Springs.

Visiting Minerva Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs with kids
Mammoth Hot Springs

The highlights of Mammoth Hot Springs include:

  • Minerva Terrace
  • Palette Spring
  • Liberty Cap
  • Canary Spring

What to pack? Sun protection and water.

READ MORE: Mammoth Hot Springs

Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park
Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

7. Visit the Old Faithful Inn

To secure a room at the famous Old Faithful Inn in high season you need to book your stay about a year in advance (you can check availability here). However, you can still visit this iconic hotel even if you’re not staying there.

Make sure you go inside! The interior of the Old Faithful Inn is very impressive. Kids will love climbing the wooden stairs and exploring.

Furthermore, there is no better way to watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupt than from the beautiful outside terrace of the OF Inn while having a drink from the adjacent bar. The porch is freely accessible to everyone, so make sure to check it out!

READ MORE: Yellowstone Accommodation: Best Places to Stay In and Near Yellowstone NP

Old Faithful Inn in YellowstoneOld Faithful Inn Yellowstone
Old Faithful Inn interior

8. Take Your Family Hiking and Discover the Non-Touristy Side of Yellowstone

There are many short family-friendly hikes you can do in Yellowstone with kids. I’ll try to write a detailed post with more information, but for now, here are several of the best options (some of these I already discussed above).

Best short family-friendly hikes in Yellowstone with kids

  • Mammoth Hot Springs terrace – at Mammoth Springs
  • Uncle Tom’s Trail – at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
  • Upper Geyser Basin Trail – at the Old Faithful
  • Storm Point Hike – North of Yellowstone Lake
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin – West of Yellowstone Lake
  • Tower Fall – trailhead behind the Tower Fall general store
  • Porcelain Basin – at Norris Geyser Basin
  • Trout Lake Trail – East of Lamar Valley
  • Wraith Falls – between Tower-Roosevelt and Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Undine Falls – between Mammoth and Tower Junction (can also be seen from the road)
  • Ice Lake – between Norris and Canyon Village
  • Harlequin Lake Trail – between Madison and West Entrance
  • Geyser Hill Loop Trail — Old Faithful area
  • Black Sand and Biscuit Basin Trails – West of Old faithful
  • Mystic Falls Trail – back of the Biscuit Basin boardwalk

TIP: If you are planning to do some hiking in Yellowstone (and you should!), I can highly recommend this Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes. It features 29 hikes of all levels of difficulty, each with a detailed map and a short description.

Kids Hiking the Storm Point Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Hiking the Storm Point Trail
Hiking the Tower Fall trail in Yellowstone with kids
Hiking the Tower Fall trail

9. Drive the Scenic Roads of Yellowstone

The Grand Loop Road of Yellowstone is over 140 miles long and it brings you to some of the most beautiful places in the park. If you do the whole loop, you’ll pass most of the park’s famous landmarks.

Driving the Grand Loop Road can be done in just a day and it’s the perfect way to see Yellowstone National Park if you only have limited time. However, Yellowstone National Park is huge, so try to spend at least 3 days in the park and take your time to explore more.

The following scenic drives of Yellowstone left the biggest impression on us, so I want to share our favorites with you.

Most beautiful scenic drives in Yellowstone

  • Hayden Valley
  • Dunraven pass – Mount Washburn
  • East of Lamar Valley all the way to the Northeast Entrance station
Coyote on the road in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park
Coyote on the road in Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley Scenic Road East of Yellowstone National Park
Lamar Valley Scenic Road East of Yellowstone NP
Dunraven Pass at Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park
Dunraven Pass at Mount Washburn

10. Other Activities and Things to Do in Yellowstone With Kids If You Have More Time

Here are several more ideas of things to do in Yellowstone with kids for those who have more time or are looking for a more active vacation:

  • Attend one of the free ranger-led programs for kids or become a Junior Ranger.
  • Hike to the top of Mount Washburn. This is a very long hike though, which we chose not to do as we only had limited time in Yellowstone. From what I read, it should be doable with kids of 6 years up. Count at least 6-8 hours if hiking Mount Washburn with children.
  • Build a dam in the river (and break it down afterwards)
Junior Rangers in Yellowstone
Junior Rangers in Yellowstone
Kids playing in Gardner river in Yellowstone in summer
This looks like a good spot to build a dam
Horse and wagon carriage ride in Yellowstone National Park
You can even go for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon in Yellowstone

So, this is our guide to Yellowstone with kids. Planning a family trip to Yellowstone and have a question? Feel free to leave a reply below.

READ ALSO: Yellowstone – Grand Teton Itinerary

Make sure to also check our other guides and practical tips for visiting Yellowstone National Park – see below.

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Yellowstone with kids
Our top 10 things to do in Yellowstone National Park with kids
Top 10 things to do in Yellowstone for families with children


    1. Author

      We always try to provide the best possible information to our readers, Tee. 🙂 Hope you found all the info that you need for your family trip to Yellowstone.
      In addition, make sure to check our Yellowstone guide for more articles with lots of useful tips for visiting Yellowstone.
      Enjoy your trip!

  1. This is amazing and so helpful!! I have printed this out as we are heading to Yellowstone this Friday in our RV with our family of 6 (kids ages 8, 6, 4, and 3). They are so excited and we are too!!!

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      Really glad to hear this, Jennifer. Have a wonderful time in Yellowstone with your kids.
      I’m sure they’ll love it. I’m not certain if I mentioned it in this article, but you may want to also check out the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone as well. If you have a few hours to spare, the kids will probably love it. You may find more info about it in our guide to the best things to do in Yellowstone.

  2. Where did yo stay when you went to Yellowstone with your kids? we will be traveling with kids and your itinerary looks amazing.

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      Hi Marilyn, we stayed at many different places as it was a road trip. First, before heading to Yellowstone, we stayed at The Lexington in Jackson Hole. Then in Yellowstone itself we stayed at the Canyon Lodge for 3 nights and the Old Faithful Lodge for 1 night – these are both official Yellowstone accommodations inside the park. After that, we stayed in Grand Teton NP for a few days.
      For more tips and suggestions, please check our guide for where to stay in and near Yellowstone.
      Hope this helps.

  3. This is a great resource! Thanks very much for sharing! Our family of 4, (kids 10 and 6), is planning an amazing road trip this summer and Yellowstone is one of our main stops. I liked the idea of the horse-drawn wagon ride. Do you have any specific recommendations on that?
    Thank you!

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      Hi Sarah, glad you found this useful and I hope you can make that dream trip happen this summer.
      You can find more information about the wagon rides here. However, from what I see, they are not offering these tours in 2020.
      Take a look at the other suggestions in our article above – Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Adventure Park, kayaking, rafting – there is so much that you can do with kids if looking for something different than just natural landmarks.
      Have a wonderful trip!

    2. Thanks for putting this all-inclusive list together! I’m not blessed with children of my own, but I’ll be going here with a friend who has 5-year-old twins. Thank you!

      1. Author

        Have a wonderful time in Yellowstone!

  4. Thank you for sharing these tips. We’re hoping to visit Yellowstone with kids this summer. So hopeful that we will be able to go!

    1. Author

      Glad you found this info useful, Mel. And let’s hope this crazy situation is over soon and you get to visit Yellowstone this summer. We are also looking forward to our summer vacation, although not at all sure if we’ll be able to travel…

  5. Hi! We are taking off on the road for our 5 nights in Yellowstone and I’ve never felt more prepared and done the least amount of research by just reading and reviewing your blog and tips, packing lists, etc. one question I had was around the times you typically started and ended your days. We have 3 girls, 9, 6, and 3. We are rent camping 3 nights in Canyon Village and then 2 nights in West Yellowstone hotel. Following your 4 day agenda with 5th day as free for all, what times did u get on the road for your first adventure and when would u say u we’re back at night? Trying to gain concept of how much time everything takes, knowing travel time and kids are always a little unpredictable;). Thanks so much and will let u know how it all goes:)

  6. Thank you for doing all the work! I just finished my teaching year and haven’t done anything to prepare for our trip to Yellowstone en route to a family reunion. We’re taking our 7 year old twins and 9 year old (boys) so it has been loads of fun looking at your photos.

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      Good to hear you found this helpful, Alexandra. If you are still looking for more tips, we have many more articles about visiting Yellowstone – check it out.
      Enjoy your trip and time with the family!

  7. Thank you so much for this post! Appreciate all the details that you have added including what to pack!
    We are going to be there this July with 2 kids 8 and 10 and this post was perfect for planning our trip.

    Staying in Gardiner and Teton village.
    Do you have any suggestions regarding what to explore around Grand Teton park?

  8. Hi Jurga,
    Thanks for sharing lot of details and information on your website which is really helpful.
    I am planning to visit Yellowstone in the month of Aug’19 through West Gate for 3 days and will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids (1 & 5 yrs old). I’ll be flying to SLC and then will drive to West Yellowstone. Your 3day itinerary is very helpful in getting the details, but it will be great if you help me in planning out the itinerary which can be achievable with 1yr old too either in 2-3 days itinerary.
    We’ll not be opting for hiking option but a walk & stroller ride will be fine. Mainly looking for drive option with hop on hop off.
    Secondly, which can be the good option for accommodation with family and more exploration to the park. Should we plan to take some accommodation inside the park or looks outside. If you have any recommendations on it then please suggest.
    Third, we are vegetarians and is the options for vegetarian food or restaurants available in/outside the park.


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      Hi, I don’t really have the time to help you with the itinerary, but you’ll be glad to hear that pretty much all the main areas are accessible with a stroller. The Old Faithful and all the geysers in that area, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and also many smaller areas. Why don’t you check for wheelchair-accessible places in Yellowstone – it will give you a good idea what you can do.
      As for accommodation, it’s really too late to book anything inside the park (you need to do it a year in advance for summer). Your best bet is West Yellowstone. Here you can find our suggestions including the best hotels to stay near Yellowstone.
      I’m not sure about vegetarian food, but I assume that these days it would be possible to find it anywhere in the US. There are many restaurants and also food stores in Yellowstone, I’m sure you’ll find at least some vegetarian options.
      Hope this helps.

  9. Hi,
    Thank you for all the wonderful info! What is your recommendation on a way to view the best caldera? We are traveling to Yellowstone soon with our volcano enthusiast son, and we want to take him to a location at the park where he can see that he really IS on a volcano 🌋.

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      From what I remember there was a viewpoint along the road in Mt. Washburn area where you could see the caldera a bit. I found that it wasn’t that well visible and if it wasn’t for the informational signs, we never would have noticed, but then I’m no volcano specialist :).
      For a better view, I think that hiking Mt Washburn is one of the best options.

  10. Hi, I read your post prior to taking my 8 & 10 yr olds to Yellowstone. We were excited to go to the Boiling River, but when we asked a park ranger about it, he had never heard of it. Your post described it’s location so clearly we decided to go for it anyways, We found it easily and had a wonderful time there! Thank you for the recommendation and the very clear post – otherwise we never would have known!

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      Unbelievable that a park ranger wouldn’t know it, isn’t it?! But I guess they are all just focussed on the area where they work…
      Anyway, glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the Boiling River, Jana. I think it’s such a special experience that just makes any Yellowstone trip even more memorable.
      Happy travels!

  11. This was amazing information! People like you deserve a medal. I’m sure this takes so much of your time. Thank you!

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      Thanks a lot for your feedback, Kira. Enjoy tour trip to Yellowstone!

  12. I am so appreciative to you for writing with such detail and pics. It is overwhelming to plan this trip. I have a 9 year old and I have two pages of fun things to do with your reviews. THANK YOU!

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      It’s never easy to plan a trip really well and make the most of your time at the destination, Amy. All in all, Yellowstone is not that difficult if you are staying at a good location and have at least 3-4 days – then you should be able to see all the highlights. Check this post if you are looking for Yellowstone itinerary suggestions. Have a wonderful time in Yellowstone!

  13. Thank you so much for this great list! My husband and I have been to Yellowstone twice-each time driving from Nashville, Tennessee. August 2018 will be our first time taking our daughter. We have three weeks of road tripping fun and five days in Yellowstone! We have divided our trip into short drives and found kid activities at each destination. I was a bit nervous about taking a child to Yellowstone but I feel MUCH better after this article! The swimming, wagon ride, and float trip are pretty high on our list now!

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      Hi Olivia, there is really no reason to worry about visiting Yellowstone with a child. It’s a beautiful park to visit with kids, so diverse that they never get a chance to get bored. I’m sure you will all love it!

  14. I found this very informative and am looking forward to our Yellowstone and Tetons trip this summer. We are traveling in a group of 14 (8 adults and 6 kids ages 4-12). We are renting a house in Victor, ID for the 4 nights that we will be there (spending 2 days in Yellowstone, one in GTNP, and one flex day). We will be arriving the first day from the north, stopping in Lamar Valley and Mammoth Hot Springs. That way we can focus on the southern areas (geysers & Yellowstone Falls) on the second day.

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      Hi Amy, it’s indeed a good plan to focus on different areas of Yellowstone on different days and minimize the driving. Just keep in mind that the Yellowstone Canyon isn’t quite next to the Geysers. But if you don’t plan to do much hiking and just want to see the main viewpoints, you should be able to visit several of those areas on the same day. Just plan well which places are a must-see for you so you don’t run out of time.

  15. What a fantastic resource! Thank you so very much for your time to organize this for others. We got super excited for our trip to Yellowstone after reading your blog. I feel like I have a great overview and some really good tips and resources. Can’t thank you enough.
    P.S. your pictures are sooooo amazing. They inspired 2 of my daughters to want to get her own cameras!!

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      Thank you, Shawn. Good to hear that this post helped with your preparation for the trip. Your family will love Yellowstone!

  16. Thank you for this post. I’m rounding the troops and taking them to Yellowstone/Teton next summer. We will use your advice.

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      Enjoy it – Yellowstone is one of a kind! Grand Teton is nice, but somehow we didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought we would. Maybe we were already spoiled by Yellowstone by then. 🙂

  17. This is great. We are going next summer. Do you have your dayvto day itenurary that you can share?

    1. Author

      You wouldn’t believe it, but it’s been very high on my to do list to write a blog post with our Yellowstone itinerary. Give me a week or two and come back to our blog and it will be there, ok? You can also subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and you’ll see it as soon as it’s published.

  18. Enjoyed your post and vicarious revisit to Yellowstone. The pictures are wonderful and evoked memories of the fun we had there! Our family enjoyed the many wonders! And I made up stories for the kids about Lake Isa–the only known lake in the world that flows in 2 different directions.

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      Never knew about this lake. Thanks for sharing, Amy

  19. Thanks so much for this post! I loved it so much I printed it out and brought it along on our trip! We spent 3 nights in Yellowstone and saw most of what you listed. The boiling river was so cool! We wouldn’t have known about it without this blog. I bought a book for more details, but used this blog post to plan our daily itineraries.

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      Thanks a lot for taking your time to leave this feedback, Christina! It’s great to hear that it helped you plan and explore Yellowstone to the fullest. Boiling River was one of our absolute favourites too! Did you manage to see the rainbow at the falls in the canyon?

  20. I stumbled on your site today and I am so glad I did. Almost all of June 2018 is booked for the place we wanted to stay! We are arranging our trip around our reserved days in Yellowstone. Great site. Thanks!

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      Yes, Yellowstone accommodation is booked long in advance for summer months, Stephanie. We booked a year in advance and also had to build the whole trip around the dates when we could secure the accommodation. I guess you saw my other post as well – best places to stay in and near Yellowstone NP. I think that staying in West Yellowstone is still a very good (and more affordable) alternative if Yellowstone accommodation is fully booked.

  21. Thank you so much for this post! We are visiting Yellowstone about the same time you did, and our boys are also 5 and 7. This was very helpful, especially the hiking info!

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      Thanks a lot for taking the time to leave this feedback, Maria. Always nice to hear from readers! Enjoy Yellowstone!

  22. Being from northwest Montana, we have visited Yellowstone as many times as we can. Love it there. This summer we are taking our 7 year old granddaughter on a camping trip. Your post is the best I have read, about things to do with kids in Yellowstone. I appreciate the post and will take some of your ideas along with us on our trip.

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      Wow, thank you so much, Cheryl. That’s the best compliment for me, to hear that I could still inspire someone who’s been to Yellowstone so many times! Really appreciate your feedback. Have a wonderful trip with your granddaughter!

  23. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I’m planning our fall vacation. not sure how its going to be in late September and early October

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      Thanks a lot for your feedback, Sai. I’m sure Yellowstone is going to be beautiful in the fall! It has its own charms in any season. We have this great BBC documentary on Yellowstone, when I watched it, I wanted to visit Yellowstone in every season (still do ;)).

  24. Thank you so much for this awesome post. I’m planning our summer vacation after reading this post alone.

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      Happy to hear it inspired you so much, Jen!

  25. Download the Geysers app and go see the geyser Grand!

  26. Thank you for this list!! I had most of these items on my family’s itinerary but there were a few things I had all but decided to skip, that I will definitely not be skipping now. You make me feel more comfortable with the distances and my daughter’s ability to do them (she’s turning 6 on the trip).
    I also now know that I need to start climbing stairs to get ready for Uncle Tom’s trail…. 😉

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      Hi Mary, glad you found this guide useful and reassuring. That staircase at Uncle Toms’ trail was quite a challenge, but definitely worth it.

  27. Fantastic! This brings back great memories from our trip out there last summer too. Your pictures are amazing.

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      We just missed each other then ;). Thanks a lot, Tamara!

  28. Yellowstone looks amazing and you making me want to visit even more now through your beautiful pictures. There looks like there is so much to do and I can see. I am a huge fan of seeing animals in the wild too and I really enjoyed seeing the bison cross the road. That must have been a great experience for your kids!

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      It was an amazing experience, Melissa! Not just for the kids.

  29. No way, I didn’t know that about the bison being a symbol. Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for years but as of yet I’ve still not made it over to the West of the states. Ah, one day!

  30. Absolutely lovely shots in this post and great information! I didn’t know most of the facts you shared and it was so great learning about them. I’ve always wanted to go here and I think next US visit I will head there!

  31. As always awesomely informative post Jurga! Would love to visit Yellowstone one day, the Grand Prismatic Spring looks absolutely amazing and I’m loving the family pics with your boys! 😀

  32. This is such an informative guide to Yellowstone in general! I’ve always wanted to go to Yellowstone and see the Bison and Old Faithful– also the prismatic springs look amazing! You have me planning a trip already 🙂

  33. Really comprehensive post and such great tips! Would you say that Yellowstone is better for families than for example Glacier National Park?

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      Hi Tracy, I haven’t been to Glacier NP so can’t really comment on that. But what makes Yellowstone great for families is that it has so much diversity. While many other National Parks are really amazing, often, the scenery in different parts of the same park is similar and so are the activities. It’s not the case in Yellowstone – you can spend several days in the park, visiting different parts of it, and there’s always something exciting to discover. Waterfalls, geysers, colorful hot springs, wildlife, a hot river to swim in, etc. It’s absolutely one of the best National Parks we visited as a family!

  34. All your photographs are incredibly beautiful but I loved the morning glory pool the best. I haven’t even set foot in USA yet but my husband has been camping in Yellowstone. Never realized how freakishly awesome it is! After reading this, I realize we should plan a trip there soon.

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      It’s well worth a trip, Penny. Yellowstone is truly amazing. One of a kind!

  35. This makes me want to go so bad! I’m working super close to Yellowstone to it this winter, but it’s tough to visit because of snow and road closures. I love the summer pictures, though! Lamar Valley looks especially awesome.

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      Winter is a totally different world in Yellowstone, Megan. I’m sure it’s amazing as well. If you’re so close to it anyway, why not visit for a few days. I know I would!

  36. Wow! I absolutely love your photos, the colours look incredible! They make me want to put Yellowstone on the list for our next trip imediately ;). Looks like a perfect place to go to on a fmaily road trip.

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      Most definitely! Yellowstone is a great place to visit for families, but there is plenty to see and do for everyone.

  37. Wow your pictures are amazing (as usual)! Glad to hear there are so many easy hikes in Yellowstone. That makes it easier to appreciate all the natural beauty.

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      Thank you, Anisa. Actually Yellowstone is a very easy park to explore. I can’t believe it when I read about how the big majority of visitors never take one single hike in Yellowstone.

  38. I can’t wait to visit Yellowstone! I’m probably going to save it until I have kids, actually. Thanks for sharing your ideas and beautiful photos!

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      🙂 Then you are the opposite of the most other young people I know, Erica. Most of them seem to think that traveling stops after you have kids…

  39. The colours of Yellowstone look absolutely fantastic and love your pictures. Really great guide too, so many awesome things to do.

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      Thank you, Mike. Appreciate your kind words.

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