Yellowstone Heritage & Research Center


The park’s abundant archives (over five million items and growing) are a fantastic resource on the park. Drop-in visitors can peruse the temporary exhibits in the lobby. Alternatively, reserve the hour-long tour that runs at 2pm on Wednesday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and takes you into the museum and rare book archives.

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1. Roosevelt Arch

0.28 MILES

Gardiner’s most photographed sight is the park’s northwestern entry gate, dedicated by Teddy Roosevelt himself on April 25, 1903, and inscribed with…

2. Yellowstone Forever

0.31 MILES

Small information station and book store run by Yellowstone Forever, the official education and fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park. The…

3. Boiling River

3.38 MILES

One of the few places where you can take a legal soak in Yellowstone is Boiling River, halfway between Gardiner and Mammoth. From the parking area by the…

4. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

3.88 MILES

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is worth a visit even if you're not staying. Piano music echoes around the lobby from 5pm, followed by video or slide…

5. Albright Visitor Center


Mammoth's recently revamped visitor center explores the park’s early history and formation – including the role the army played in protecting Yellowstone…

6. Fort Yellowstone

3.95 MILES

Mammoth was known as Fort Yellowstone from 1886 to 1918, when the US Army managed the park from this collection of buildings. Elk regularly graze the…

7. Mammoth Chapel

4.16 MILES

If you're in Mammoth on a Sunday morning, pop into this lovely English-style church (1913), where the stained-glass windows depict Old Faithful and…

8. Mammoth Hot Springs

4.26 MILES

The imposing Lower and Upper Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs are the highlight of the Mammoth region. An hour’s worth of boardwalks wind their way between…