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Park Headquarters / Fort Yellowstone

The Park Headquarters and Fort Yellowstone are worth a stop on your Yellowstone National Park vacation. Explore where early US Cavalry made their base and why.

  • Located in the northern section of Yellowstone National Park, the closest entrance to Park Headquarters and Fort Yellowstone is open all year
  • Explore the past as you browse through the Albright Visitor Center and Museum

What can I see and do at Fort Yellowstone and the Park Headquarters?

  • Ranger Led Walk: Every year, rangers lead a historic walk through Fort Yellowstone. This 1 hour walk starts at the Albright Visitor Center and strolls through Fort Yellowstone, covering historic events in the park's history. Check at the Visitor Center for times.
  • Self Guided Walk: If you don't feel like joining a ranger, you can still stroll through Fort Yellowstone and visit a number of historic sites.
  • Albright Visitor Center: Stop by the Visitor Center and Museum any time of year and enjoy history exhibits, educational films, and a wildlife museum.

What is the history of Fort Yellowstone?

When Yellowstone National Park was first established, it was difficult to regulate the use of this protected land. In 1886, the army sent in men from Company M in Fort Custer to hold a military presence in the park and protect the land. Buildings were constructed over the next decade or so and included officers' quarters, guard house, headquarters, barracks for enlisted men, and horse stables. The visitor center was built in 1909, as was the Chapel. Most of the stone used to construct these buildings was quarried from the nearby Gardner River.

Where is Fort Yellowstone?

Park Headquarters and Fort Yellowstone are located at Mammoth Hot Springs, just south of the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. You can walk through the Fort easily from the Hotel.