What is it?  Where is it?
  What's to see?  How it came to be.
Find maps and information by using the Site Map
Working together to research and promote the highway.
Your store for books, road signs, etc. related to the YT.
Note: As of March 23, 2017, this web site is under active redevelopment.  There will be significant changes in a matter of days.  If you would like to comment about the site or ask any questions, email to:   yta@yellowstonetrail.org


In 1912, a group of small town businessmen in South Dakota  undertook an ambitious project to create a useful automobile route, the Yellowstone Trail, across America. This was at a time when roads weren't marked, there were few maps and slippery mud was the usual road surface. The Yellowstone Trail Association located a route, motivated road improvements, produced maps and folders to guide the traveler, and promoted tourism along its length. It became a leader in stimulating tourist travel to the Northwest and motivating good roads across America. The Lincoln Highway Association, formed in 1913 by industrialists, created a similar route across the U. S., but used big organizational and public relation budgets.   
Today, almost all of the route of the Yellowstone Trail is on slower, less traveled roads. Some sections of the Trail, especially  in the West, have remained little changed and are a delight to visit.
Special Section:  Yellowstone Trail Wisconsin
People along the YT in Wisconsin formed this special
organization to promote the Trail in their state.
Read the 2009 edition of the
Going to travel the YT in Wisconsin?

 There are 100s of pages.  See table of contents (site map.)   Are you interested in the YT?  (Response form.) .