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The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide provides recreation information for Yellowstone National Park, and the mountain resort gateway communities of the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Serving the communities of Jackson Hole, Teton Valley, Island Park, Idaho Falls, Swan Valley, Star Valley, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone Park, Bozeman Montana, Big Sky, Paradise Valley, West Yellowstone, Cody Wyoming, the Wind River Valley and Pinedale.

The Greater Yellowstone Region is gifted with a plethora of recreational opportunities, fly-fishing, skiing, mountainbiking, photography, sightseeing, hiking, backpacking, whitewater sports, horseback riding etc. are all in abundance here. The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide tries to show you where to find what you need to do what you want!

In addition to your guide for fun the Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide provides Natural resource information including information about our Wolves, Grizzly Bears, Mountain Goats, Black Bears, Mule Deer, Elk, Bison etc. We also provide information about our mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Trout Streams, National Forests and National Parks.

The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide is a work in progress and will never be finished because our areas gifts are to plentiful and there is always something new to find.

 

Elk chasing wolves, yellowstone wolves, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park • Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world. Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.  An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet. ----------------------> more about Yellowstone
Island Park ID • Island Park Idaho is In the heart of Targhee National Forest, whether you are interested in historical landmarks, fly fishing, hiking, camping horseback riding, hunting,snowmobiling or just on your way through to Yellowstone, Island Park’s natural splendor will captivate you. Most people think of an island as something belonging in an ocean. But deep within the boundaries of the Targhee National Forest lies an almost magical island that offers all of this and more. --------------------> More about Island Park Island Park, Idaho, Upper Mesa Falls
 
Working cowgirl, cydnie clark, star valley, Wyoming Star Valley Wyoming • Star Valley is located 30 miles south of Jackson Hole, a beautiful valley dotted with farms and a mountainous topography tucked between the Salt River Range in western Wyoming and the Webster Range of eastern Idaho. Three national forests surround Star Valley, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou National Forest, and the Targhee National. Star Valley Wyoming. The Snake and Greys River inter the valley on the north side and dump into 20 mile long Palisades Lake and the Salt River winds through its center. Star Valley provides great access for the outdoorsman and is home to world class hunting and fishing. Star Valley Is a rich place to visit or live.------------------> More about Star Valley
 
Idaho Falls ID • On the banks of the Snake River at the foot of west slope of the northern Rockies lies Idaho Falls Idaho a beautiful farming, ranching, and high tech community. As a gateway community to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks and a hub for the best wild trout fishing in the lower 48 states Idaho Falls is also a great recreational community. ------------------------> More about Idaho Falls Idaho Falls, Idaho, Temple, golden cottonwoods, autumn
 

Swan Valley, Idaho, double rainbow, snake river, thunderstorm

Swan Valley Idaho • Swan Valley, Irwin and Palisades are the communities that comprise the scenic valley that nestle along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Dam, collectively known as Swan Valley, one of the premier tail water dry-fly fisheries in North America. With the Big Hole Range to the north, the Caribou Mountains to the south and the Palisades Range to the east, splendid panoramas abound and year-round outdoor activities are a magnet for sportsmen and adventurers. The surrounding mountains provide some of the best hunting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking etc. to be found anywhere.---------------------> More about Swan Valley

Grand Teton National Park • Established in 1929, Grand Teton National Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined in 1950............... Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife and plant species............... The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are all common activities in the area. About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.---------------> More about Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton reflection, Jackson Lake, Lupine, wildflowers, Grand Teton Park
 
deer, badlands, absaroka mountains, dubois, wyoming Wind River Valley, WY • The Wind River Valley a is where ancient geology meets today’s adventurer, where an adventurous day of moving cattle from horseback, can be followed by an evening of fine dining and fine art. Wide expanses of country enrich the senses, from sage on the morning air, or the cry of an eagle, to the sight of majestic snow-covered mountain peaks. The vivid landscape is rich with the juxtaposition of a festival of the color, sounds, and sights of breathtaking wonder. The Red Desert’s Badlands stand starkly against the stark contrast of the magnificent Absaroka and Wind River mountains that serrate the skyline in the background. The deep curve of the Wind River Valley is shaped by the snowcapped Wind River Range to the West and the Absaroka and Owl Creek ranges on the east, forming a cottonwood-lined bottom that many consider one of the most beautiful areas in Wyoming. --------> More about the Wind River Valley
 

Pinedale Wyoming • Pinedale is located on the eastern flank of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-system and is home to more than 100,000 big game animals including Continental America's longest big game migration route and a crucial link to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem The largest publicly-owned big game winter range in the GYE The largest mule deer herd in U.S. and one of the west's last best sage grouse habitats. Deer and antelope outnumber residents by ten to one and are commonly seen year-round. Elk, mule deer, antelope, wolves, moose, grizzly and black bear, and many other wildlife species call Sublette County home.  The Upper Green River Valley is also a world-class fishery – Life Is Good! ------------------------> More about Pinedale

Green River, Windriver mountains, square top, pinedale, wyoming
 
Hegben Lake, West Yellowstone, Montana West Yellowstone Montana • West Yellowstone, Montana is the western gateway to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. West Yellowstone nurtures the charm of small western town snuggled into a spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. West Yellowstone is the perfect vacation destination for the nature lover and outdoorsman. West Yellowstone has a wonderful sense of history and prides itself on the way they have taken care of Yellowstone Park visitors since Yellowstone Parks founding n 1872. With all that experience, West Yellowstone has the lodging, restaurants, and services to show its guests a real good time.---------------> More about West Yellowstone
 
Cody Wyoming • The past is always present in Cody Wyoming. This part of Wyoming represents the last of the true West. Cody is what America was; a place cowboy culture survives the retro heartbeat of the west.The high plains to mountains vista is spectacular, the land is wild, the people are genuinely friendly and the opportunities for outdoor adventure, recreation, education, and entertainment are as large and varied as the Wyoming skies.----------------> More about Cody Running mustangs,
 

Clay Butte, Absaroka Lake, Beartooth Highway

Red Lodge Montana • Red Lodge, Montana is one of several gateways to Yellowstone Park however, it is the only gateway that has the beautiful Beartooth Highway as the gate. Come and experience true western hospitality in this quaint, historic, mountain town. Today, Red Lodge is still a working agricultural town. Thanks in no small part to the town's preservation of and appreciation for its colorful past, it's also a fascinating destination where history is not so much a thing of the past as it is a vibrant part of the present...............Red Lodge features beautiful ranch lands, flowing rivers, spring creeks, and abundant wildlife. Mule deer enjoy the open range and grasslands available to them in outside Red Lodge, Yellowstone elk come down from the mountain tops to spend the winters, grizzly bears often visit to provide a thrill or a scare, moose are also abundant and wolves wander in and out of the valley.----------------> More about Red Lodge
 
Paradise Valley Montana • This gem on the northern border of Yellowstone received It's named “Paradise Valley” for good reason, this premier Montana vacation spot has perfect summers and mild winters with spectacular views of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges under the famed Montana "big sky." The close proximity to Yellowstone Park; the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Paradise Valley the perfect place to vacation. Besides having the Legendary fly-fishing River “The Yellowstone” flowing through its center, world class Spring Creeks; private lakes and other fishing streams draw anglers from around the world. World class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the unlimited recreational opportunities available here in Paradise Valley. Many fine Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.----------------> More about Paradise Valley Rainbow, Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley, Montana
 
Whitewater rafting, gallatin river, big sky, montana Big Sky Montana • The Mountain Village of Big Sky is blessed with amazing beauty compliments of the Gallatin Mountain Range and more activities than a mere mortal could ever dream of doing. During summer you can fly-fish, hike, bike, raft, horseback ride, golf, camp, watch wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the scenery while trying to figure out how to do it all. Winter provides for some of the best downhill skiing in America; offering a combined 5600 acres of pure adventure. Nordic skiing, dog-sledding, trips to Yellowstone and moonlit sleigh ride dinners complete the winter experience. ----------------------------> More about Big Sky Montana
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