Visiting Yellowstone

Cody is just east of Yellowstone. Tile map in our Draper Natural History Museum

Cody is just east of Yellowstone. Tile map in our Draper Natural History Museum

Visiting Yellowstone National Park

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West: the very “Center” of the Wild West—and just east of Yellowstone!

Headed to Yellowstone National Park? A stop at the Center of the West on your way will enhance your visit to the nation’s very first national park! Our museums highlight the Yellowstone region’s incredible wildlife; display stunning paintings of  the park’s intriguing geysers, waterfalls, and landscapes; and interpret the natural history and science of this amazing ecosystem.

We’re the perfect place to begin—or end—a trip to Yellowstone National Park, just an hour west of Cody.

In our Draper Natural History Museum…

Your journey through the Draper will introduce you to the ecology and natural history of the Yellowstone area, complete with sights, sounds, and even smells. Learn about the wildlife, plant life, and prehistory as you take our interactive tour.

You may see grizzly or black bears in Yellowstone National Park, like this black bear mother and cub.

You may see grizzly or black bears in Yellowstone National Park, like this black bear mother and cub.

Bear exhibit in the Draper Natural History Museum, with grizzly bear specimens

Learn about bears in our Draper Natural History Museum first. Our bear exhibit includes these grizzly bear specimens, mother and cub.

 

Before you see the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone in person…

…see it as artists have over more than a century. These works—and more of this iconic site in Yellowstone—are part of the amazing collection of our Whitney Western Art Museum:

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone, 2013. Nancy McClure photograph.

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone in a 2013 photograph.

Albert Bierstadt's "Yellowstone Falls," ca. 1883. 2.63

Albert Bierstadt’s “Yellowstone Falls,” ca. 1883. 2.63

Kathy Wipfler's "Lower Falls." 10.07 (detail)

Kathy Wipfler’s “Lower Falls,” 2006. 10.07

William R. Leigh. "Lower Falls of the Yellowstone," ca. 1915. William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase. 11.88

William R. Leigh’s “Lower Falls,” ca. 1915. 11.88

Yellowstone National Park Information

By phone:

307-344-2117: Road conditions and weather information
307-344-7381: General park information
307-344-7311: Lodging and campground information

On the web:

Plan Your Park Visit Information
Park Orientation Videos
Yellowstone Webcams
Yellowstone Park Lodging