Yellowstone offers many great options for adventure! You might choose a day hike, camping, or traveling the park to find great photo and wildlife viewing opportunities. Local gateway towns have dining, shopping, museums and other attractions.
Surrounded by forests and rivers, miles from towns and theaters and television, you might think Yellowstone is lacking for entertainment, but you’d be wrong! The park boasts 2.2 million acres of high mountain country dedicated for the “enjoyment and benefit of the people.” Yellowstone, its gateway communities, and nearby Grand Teton National Park offer a tremendous array of activities and events. Experience Yellowstone from the quiet of a backcountry campsite with the help of affordable backpacking rentals. Or see if you have what it takes to hike 100 miles in a summer by joining the 100 Mile Hiking Club.
The Yellowstone Co-Op Employee Recreation Program (YCERP) is the largest and most diverse employee recreation program in any national park. Throughout the year they offer a wide range of services and programs that connect Yellowstone employees to each other and to the park itself. Our recreation facilities give employees spaces to exercise, play sports, read a book, or socialize and relax. Each facility is unique. Indoor facilities include weight rooms, sports courts, and multi-use areas that contain lending libraries and ping pong and pool tables. Pickup games, tournaments, and league sports cover Activity Calendars throughout the year.
Adventures and Activities
Want to explore on your own? We encourage all of our employees to get out and experience the great outdoors. Here are just some of the activities you can do on your own!
Trip, Tours, and Cultural Events
Seminars & Entertainment
Frequently Asked Questions
Essential items include a reusable water bottle, insect/bear repellent, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, aloe, and lip balm, rain jacket (waterproof and breathable), and hiking boots or good athletic shoes (look for stability, all-terrain traction and comfort). Other options include a backpack/daypack (to carry your extra clothes, water, lunch, snacks, camera, binoculars, field guides, etc.), binoculars and/or spotting scope and tripod, tent, sleeping bag, headlamp, reading material and gaiters: to keep your socks and pants dry.
Cellular phone service is provided in the park by AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Because of the mountainous terrain throughout the Yellowstone area, coverage varies greatly. There are cellular towers located within the park at Canyon, Mammoth, Grant, Old Faithful, and Lake. Reception varies based on your provider and the service plan you choose
Wi-Fi access is available to employees at the majority of dorms in the park. Service is much slower than what you are used to (we like to joke that while our Firefox might not be that fast, real Yellowstone foxes are wicked fast). Bandwidth is very limited in the park due to our remoteness and current infrastructure. Streaming and downloading is discouraged and often impossible during peak usage. So while it might be a challenge to binge-watch your favorite TV show, you can binge-watch Yellowstone’s wildlife and beautiful scenery 24/7. You can also share your experience using #YellowstoneJobs and #XanterraLife!
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