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With <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell" target="_blank">Yellowstone</a> receiving nearly three million visitors per year, the National Park Service runs dozens of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/rangerprog.htm" target="_blank">interpretative programs</a> out of different bases to keep up with visitor interest in the park's extraordinary geothermal areas and wildlife. In the summer months, rangers lead seven different half-day educational hikes around the park that visit lesser-known geothermal and wilderness areas. Hikes cost only $15 per adult and $5 for kids seven to 15.

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