The Yellowstone Park Foundation is the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens, working with the National Park Service, started the Foundation in order to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park.
YPF works to fund important projects and programs, many of which are beyond the financial capacity of the National Park Service. The Foundation receives no annual government funding; it relies instead upon the generous support of private citizens, foundations, and corporations to ensure that Yellowstone's great gifts to the world will never diminish.
Since its inception, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has raised more than $100 million for Yellowstone National Park, and has successfully funded more than 325 Park projects. Find out more at Yellowstone Park Foundation.
Yellowstone National Park has hundreds of miles of trails.The origins of the Yellowstone trails system stem from human use and improvement of game trails that followed the path-of-least-resistance, traveling the most direct route between locations. This early lack of structural design, construction, and maintenance has raised a variety of safety and maintenance concerns as trail deterioration leads to damage of sensitive wetlands, stream crossings and fragile meadows.
Twice in the twentieth century the National Park Service improved and expanded Yellowstone's trails, but the second of these efforts occurred half a century ago. Now, with increasing visitation, Yellowstone trails are showing significant wear. The Park now faces a trail restoration backlog that can’t be eliminated without private support.A DECADE PLAN
Recognizing the task ahead, the Park has partnered with youth groups, conservation corps, and volunteer organizations to bring more hands to work. A decade plan for restoring Yellowstone's most traveled trails has been developed. What is needed now is the funding to execute it.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation established a $2 million Yellowstone Trails Fund. This fund is restoring trail networks encompassing popular visitor destinations in the Old Faithful, Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Lake areas.
At the conclusion of this 10-year plan, 100 percent of the most heavily used trails in Yellowstone will be restored. As the National Park Service turns 100 in 2016, we will be able to ensure that every hike in Yellowstone provides a memory of lasting value.