Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is HUGE!  Oh my... you really need some time to experience it and all the areas which can be quite different.  I kind of think of it by visualizing the map of the park and my brain's snapshot of a compass rose.  You have the north, east, south, and west access points.  Then there is the road that connects these points in a big "circlish".  You'll find your favorites.

Our favorite location is the Lamar Valley in the Tower-Roosevelt Area.  This part of the park is rich with wildlife, wild flowers, and all the rich and vital beauty of a valley with a splendid river running through it!  Gorgeous.  Bryan has made many a trip to wolf watch in the Lamar Valley.  We love the Pebble Creek Campground.

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The campground does not take reservations!  WHAT!  Yes, it is first come first serve.  So, you have to plan this out carefully.  You need to plan an arrival for early in the AM to try and grab your site for however many number of nights.  This campground is remote.  No electric.  It does not have flush toilets nor showers.  So, if you are not into this, there are other campgrounds!

We have also stayed in Grant Village.  This is a nice place to camp.  There are more amenities, and of course that means more people.  So, it all depends on what you like.  There are showers, laundry, flush toilets, Ranger led programs.  Of course there are the must do's.  The geysers, the 

Check out the map and start exploring!  As you can see from the map, there are many many areas to explore.  Here is alist of some of the top places/things to do/see:  Yellowstone Lake, Mud Volcano, Haydan, Lamar, and Pelican Valleys, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mt. Washburn, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Gibbon Falls, Fish the Madison River and the Firehole River, Swim in the Firehole River (thermally warmed areas--amazing!!!), Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, hiking in Mammoth Hot Springs area, Old Gardiner Rd. (biking), Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful and Geyser Basins, Tower Fall, and don't forget the Old West Dinner Cookout you take a wagon into the wilderness for and horseback riding.  So so much fun!  

 

 Respect the wildlife and don't be a dunce!

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How to do this trip  

 

Make your reservation in advance!  They fill quickly. Some campgrounds take reservations and some are 1st come 1st serve.

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