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Gardiner and the Yellowstone River North of the Park
Montana

When Yellowstone National Park was created little was known about the area and there were few if any competing interests. Congress just slapped down a generous square centered on the famous geothermal areas, no matter that it didn't match up with state boundaries. So although the park is almost entirely in Wyoming, its north and west entrances are in Montana.

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The Yellowstone River opposite Hepburns Mesa

The Yellowstone River opposite Hepburns Mesa

The Yellowstone River flows broad and quiet through the valleys north of Yellowstone Park. Fishermen in drift boats pass continuously. The mesa across the river was the location of a native America "buffalo jump", where herds of bison were stampeded over cliffs.

north of Gardiner, Montana

Date photographed: August 2, 2014
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Eagle Creek Road north of Gardiner

Eagle Creek Road north of Gardiner

North of Mammoth Hot Springs the land is much lower and falls into the rainshadow of adjacent ridges. Here on the hillside above Gardiner the dry grassland included numerous prickly pear cactus.

near Gardiner, Montana

Date photographed: August 2, 2014
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The Yellowstone River at Gardiner

The Yellowstone River at Gardiner

Gardiner is the main gateway community for the northern approach to Yellowstone National Park, and center for many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and river running. At one time tourists arrived here from the north by train, then transferred to horse-drawn stages or rode horses into the park.

Gardiner, Montana

Date photographed: August 2, 2014
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The Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance

The Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance

This stone arch was built in 1903, the cornerstone laid by President Theodore Roosevelt. In the early days this was the main park entry because a railroad came up the river to Gardiner. The inscription reads "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People".

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Date photographed: August 2, 2014
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