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Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects that enhance Yellowstone's visitor experience, including education, recreation, safety, and accessibility.

 

Norris Geyser Basin Access

Norris Geyser Basin Access
Photo Credit: Matt Ludin

More than 2 million people visit Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin each summer to explore hydrothermal features and the Norris Geyser Basin Museum. Visitation has outgrown the original design of the area, resulting in deterioration of facilities and the fragile thermal resources around the basin. Yellowstone National Park would like to rehabilitate and enhance pedestrian access to the historic museum, and the Norris Geyser Basin to improve visitor experience and access, and protect this treasure. The Yellowstone Park Foundation has provided funding for the design and planning phase of this undertaking.

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Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
Photo Credit: YPF

In August 2010, a new visitor education center opened near Old Faithful Geyser. Within the center, educational activities and hands-on exhibits enrich visitors’appreciation for Yellowstone. The center illuminates the science behind the Park’s hydrothermal wonders and fascinating volcanic past. The Yellowstone Park Foundation conducted a successful $15-million capital campaign, matched by $12 million in federal funds to build the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

Learn more about the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

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Campground & Landscape Rehabilitation

Campground & Landscape Rehabilitation
Photo Credit: NPS

By 2006, several of Yellowstone's most popular "front country" campgrounds were in disrepair. Social trails and unclear tent delineation negatively impacted the campgrounds’vegetation and appearance. From 2007 through 2009, Park staff collaborated with landscape architecture student interns to improve the Mammoth, Indian Creek and Pebble Creek campgrounds. These campgrounds now boast improvements such as clearly marked foot paths and tent sites, elevated tent pads, accessible (ADA-compliant) features, benches, planted trees, re-sown native vegetation, and improved trash and recycling services.

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Exhibits at Mount Washburn Trail & Fire Lookout

Exhibits at Mount Washburn Trail & Fire Lookout
Photo Credit: Matt Ludin

The trails leading to Mount Washburn’s summit are the most heavily used backcountry trails in Yellowstone, hiked by more than 10,000 visitors each year. The Yellowstone Park Foundation raised funds to replace the worn and outdated exhibits at the summit's fire lookout observation deck with new ones that interpret Yellowstone's fire ecology and explain the evidence of wildfire visible on nearby slopes. The summit exhibits also interpret the function of a fire lookout using the Mount Washburn operation as a model. In addition, new trailhead exhibits provide hiker information, orientation, and resource protection information.

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