Gardiner in Park County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
A Wildlife Paradise
It is often called "America's Serengeti." About half of the approximately 30,000 elk that summer in the park spend the winter here on the northern range. Elevations here are lower, and the area receives less moisture than elsewhere in the park. During winter, wind and sun keep the ridge tops and south-facing slopes relatively free of snow, allowing animals easier access to forage.
Most large grazing animals in Yellowstone, especially elk, are migratory. As the days lengthen in spring, the warm breezes melt the snow and the hills and ridges "green up." The animals follow the receding snow to higher elevations, eating the new, succulent grasses and forbs that are highly nutritious. Following a summer in the high country, the animals move back to lower elevations in the fall.
Wildlife viewing in Yellowstone is popular at any time of year. But, remember, the animals you see here are wild. You will see more of an animal's natural behavior if you keep your distance. Stay at least
Erected by This exhibit made possible by a generous grant to the Yellowstone Park Foundation in memory of Katie L. Rhoads.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Natural Features • Natural Resources.
Location. 45° 1.251′ N, 110° 41.797′ W. Marker is in Gardiner, Montana, in Park County. Marker is on North Entrance Road, 0.9 miles south of West Park Street, on the left when traveling south. 0.4 miles south of the official entrance (where you pay) to the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gardiner MT 59030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yellowstone's Northern Range (here, next to this marker); Wildlife Migrations (approx. ¼ mile away); Wildlife of the Northern Range (approx. 0.3 miles away); Serving Visitors Since the Beginning (approx. 0.8 miles away); Roosevelt Arch (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gardiner Jail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boiling River Trail (approx. 2 miles away); Mt. Everts Mudslides (approx. 2.9 miles away in Wyoming). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardiner.
More about this marker. This marker is located at a wide pull-off with 2 additional markers, each about 6 feet apart from one another.
Regarding A Wildlife Paradise. Photographs of the wildlife that are included with this and the other two associated markers are from throughout the Northern Range of the park, with some actually located right near the north entrance (where so noted).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 27, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.