On our summer national park tour, one of the things that has really struck us is how different each National Park is, and the secrets they each hold that aren’t fully realized for us until we are standing in the parks and experiencing them ourselves. We had heard of Yellowstone many times, and being there was like a dream! Yellowstone is just a short drive north of Grand Teton, but feels like another world!
Since we were traveling quickly, we didn’t have time to do a whole lot of personal research on Yellowstone. We didn’t know much about Yellowstone before going there. We only knew about Old Faithful, that there probably would be wild life there, and that was about it. We were just happy to be there and ready to explore! We learned so much on our short stay at Yellowstone National Park!
We learned that Yellowstone was the first ever national park! It takes about 2.5 hours just to drive from the north entrance to the south entrance, and there is so much to do in between. We also learned that Yellowstone is on an active volcano, and can erupt again in the future. For now, the magma shows itself through the many geysers, very hot springs, and bubbling mud pots!
We saw bison and pronghorn in the Hayden Valley wildlife area, and many elk throughout the park, but especially in the Mammoth Springs area. There were geyser basins where many geysers or hot springs were. Some of our favorite spots in this park were Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prismatic Spring, the West Thumb Geyser Basin at sunset, the mud pits, and Norris Geyser Basin. There is also a Canyon here with a waterfall that we got to see for just a minute!
We were lucky enough to score a last minute reservation at Grant Campground, in the park, near the South end. After that we headed north, and spent a couple of days at the first come first serve Mammoth Campground near the Northern entrance to the park. It is worth it to note that like most National Parks and National Forests there is absolutely no AT&T coverage all throughout Yellowstone, and I have heard Verizon is pretty spotty there as well.
Our favorite area of the park was the Mammoth area because of the old architecture, many elk and elk babies, and the close proximity to Gardiner, MT and a perfect little coffee shop called Wonderland Cafe! Yellowstone holds a lot to see, and we only scraped the surface in our 4 days there.