In 1903 President Roosevelt opened the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. At that time the park was only 31 years old yet it was a very popular tourist destination. Many people from all over the country entered Yellowstone through the north entrance. Today it is still a popular entrance into the park. It starts out south of the town of Gardener, Montana and goes to the northern part of the park into Mammoth.
As you drive out of Gardener, Montana toward Mammoth you will follow along the river where you can see wildlife. There are a few places where you can pull over to view the river, have a snack or even stop to fish.
Mammoth is where you find the park service housing for the rangers and many other workers that keep Yellowstone safe and clean for visitors and animals.
The YNP visitor center is also in Mammoth. You can find much information about the park at the visitor center. Helpful Park Rangers are available to answer your questions about the park at the visitor center. You will also find the Mammoth Hotel, restaurant and gift shops for visitors to visit. Mammoth Terraces is a thermal area that you can drive or hike through. The Mammoth Terraces are a great place to see thermal activity in Yellowstone National Park. The hike goes up and down a hillside so it is a difficult hike. But if you do not want to take the hike you can drive through the terrace area and see much of the thermal activity there.
Mammoth also has a picnic area where you can stop and have a bite to eat. Many times during the year you will find elk grazing in and around the picnic area at Mammoth.
Mammoth has cabins to stay at or you can even go camping there. The Mammoth Hotel has historic rooms to stay.
Driving out of Mammoth you can turn left and head to the north east area of the park. You can see the Roosevelt area where you can ride a horse or take a chuck wagon dinner. You may also see a wolf or a wolf pack in this area of the park as you drive.
If you take the road to the left out of Mammath you will drive to more thermal activities. Norris Geyser basin has much to see and enjoy.
If you would like to read more or see a map about the north entrance into Yellowstone National Park you can go to http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/interactivemap/mamtone.htm.