Yellowstone at 150
Commemorating 150 years of Yellowstone National Park.
Inspired by Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has been inspiring creators with its incredible landscapes long before the park’s establishment in 1872. To honor this history of inspiration and creation, artists commemorated Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary by creating works in their own mediums depicting the park. Two Wyoming artists – Robert Martinez and Ben Roth – drew inspiration from Yellowstone’s Native American heritage, abundant wildlife and the vibrant Grand Prismatic Spring.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, you can find these free commemorative pieces along with work from four other artists at select welcome centers throughout Wyoming. Click on a poster image below to learn where in Wyoming you can find that artwork.
Meet the Wyoming Artists
This Northern Arapaho artist uses the ledger art tradition, a form of art in which the artist uses specific pieces of paper, like old ledgers, as a canvas, in most of his pieces. This style came out of indigenous tribes being pushed onto reservations and not having access to hides that were traditionally used. For his Yellowstone 150 piece, Martinez used a map of Yellowstone to create an image of Northern Arapaho leader, Yellow Calf.
This Jackson artist used a woodblock print medium to create his Yellowstone 150 piece. After carving his design into wood, Roth added color to essentially stamp the artwork onto his canvas. He chose to portray the Grand Prismatic Spring for its vibrant colors and its depiction of time in the park. The pool’s old flows, mineral deposits, surrounding wildlife along with the human-made pathways around this popular feature served as inspiration.
Exploring Yellowstone Today
Yellowstone’s otherworldly geothermal features, sprawling valleys, sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife inspire millions of visitors each year. The oldest national park should be first on your list to visit, with 2.2 million acres of natural splendor to behold. Learn more about Yellowstone and start planning your trip today.
When considering a trip to Yellowstone National Park, booking accommodations early is key. Reservations are required for all campsites within the park and can be made six months prior to when you plan to stay.
Miss your booking window? Here are some last-minute camping spots near Yellowstone National Park .
Arriving by Air
Yellowstone Regional Airport is about 3 miles outside of Cody near the park’s east entrance and offers service from Salt Lake City, Denver and Chicago. Jackson Hole Airport is about 60 miles south of the park and offers service from a variety of cities depending on the season. Find more Wyoming airports to act as your jumping off point to adventure in Yellowstone.
Arriving by Car
Planning a road trip through Wyoming is the perfect way to experience all the state has to offer. Use our regional road trip itineraries to find the perfect route to Yellowstone and learn about all there is to see and do along the way.
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Protecting Yellowstone for Generations to Come
There’s a reason why Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. The breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife inspired a movement to preserve these special places. It’s easy to think Yellowstone might not need us the same way we need it. But the truth is, it does. Join us in continuing to care for this national treasure so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
How can you help?
Join us in preserving Yellowstone National Park well into the future. Here are a few simple things you can do on your visit to protect the park and its robust ecosystem.
• Always stay on boardwalks and designated paths.
• Keep you distance from wildlife. At least 100 yards from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from all other wildlife.
• Never feed wildlife.
• Do not touch thermal features or runoff.
• Drive cautiously. Watch for wildlife and follow the speed limit.