Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

#9 in Best Things To Do in Yellowstone
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201 S. Canyon St.

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$13 for adults; $8 for kids 5-12; free for kid...
8:30 a.m.-4, 6, 7 or 8:30 p.m. daily, dependin...

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Those who want to learn about Yellowstone wildlife in a more controlled environment should take a break from the park and head to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Located just outside the park's West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana, this nonprofit center offers a detailed history of bears and wolves in the Yellowstone area and insight into conservation tactics. It offers a diverse selection of hands-on activities and programs, such as the Keeper Kids program, which gives children the chance to learn about grizzly bear behavior while a naturalist and animal keeper usher them into a bear habitat to observe how bears hunt for food.

Although some previous visitors felt the center was a bit small, most said its habitats housing live bears and wolves and large viewing areas were great. To avoid feeling crammed in the tight space, a few travelers recommend visiting during the park's offseason.

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center hours vary by season, but the property always opens at 8:30 a.m. and does not close before 4 p.m. Admissions cost $13 for adults, $12.25 for seniors older than 61 and $8 for kids between 5 and 12. Children 4 and younger get in for free. Complimentary parking is provided, and restrooms, a playground, a gift shop and picnic tables are also available on-site. For more information, check out the center's website.

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Formed over thousands of years of erosion caused by wind, water and other natural forces, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the primary attraction in the Canyon Village area and one of the park's most popular hiking spots. The canyon stretches approximately 20 miles long and nearly a mile wide. Just as remarkable as the canyon's terra-cotta hued cliff walls is its river, which is the longest undammed river in the country, meandering for more than 600 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.

"Amazing," "beautiful" and "fascinating" are just a few adjectives recent visitors used to describe this natural wonder. Most praised its hiking trails (like Artist and Lookout points), but a few said to check the National Park Service's Canyon Area Construction Projects page before you arrive since several paths are either partly or completely closed for renovations. Another tip: Get to the canyon early or late in the day to avoid rubbing elbows with hordes of tourists.

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