Browsed by
Category: Yellowstone

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin is located at the southern entrance of the lower loop. Located on the western banks of the enormous Lake Yellowstone, you can enjoy all of its geothermal features as you walk along the boardwalk loop and take in the backdrop of the lake and the Absaroka Mountains. The basin gets its name as the smallest and western-most finger of the hand-shaped Lake Yellowstone (OK…some park ranger had a vivid imagination). The West Thumb basin is actually…

Read More Read More

Uncle Toms Trail

Uncle Toms Trail

Uncle Tom’s Trail is a fun, but challenging hike that offers spectacular views of Lower Falls as you descend 328 steps and 500 feet into the canyon. The trail is named for pioneer, Tom Richardson, who developed the trail in 1898 that guided adventurous customers down ropes and ladders to the banks of the Yellowstone River where he prepared them a picnic lunch. We decided to do Uncle Toms Trail first thing in the morning. We left the Lake Yellowstone…

Read More Read More

Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley is often referred to as the “American Serengeti” and includes a diverse wildlife population of Elk, Grizzly Bears, Bison, and Wolves. The hills of Lamar are lower than those around Hayden Valley and the grassland seems to be vaster with less “lush” green vegetation. The famous Lamar Valley resident that lures in most visitors is the Gray Wolf. Wolf packs have been increasing in number and size and they are predominantly located in the Lamar area. It’s estimated…

Read More Read More

Yellowstone Lake Cruise

Yellowstone Lake Cruise

We opted to take the scenic Yellowstone Lake Cruise before dinner one night and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The boat, the Lake Queen, departed close-by to the Lake Hotel at the nearby marina. On the cruise, the Captain & Mate told us some great stories and even spotted a grizzly bear off in the distance running along the shore. Yellowstone Lake is immense! If you’ve never seen pictures of it, or read about it…think about this: It has 110 miles of…

Read More Read More

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn

The Old Faithful Inn is the iconic home of the world-famous geyser and a must-see attraction of any Yellowstone vacation. The Inn was Designed by architect, Robert Reamer, and constructed in 1903 by a crew of more than 1,500 craftsman. With running water and electricity, it was one of the most luxurious park hotels in its day. When you walk into the lobby, you’ll be awestruck with its massive lodgepole pines and the larger-than-life lava stone fireplace. The Old Faithful…

Read More Read More

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin looks like the surface of the moon with far-stretching areas of steaming feature, no vegetation, and a white landscape. It is the oldest and hottest thermal area in Yellowstone National Park. It’s location is at the intersection of multiple faults, fractures, and fissures in the Earth’s crust. Located at the northwest part of the lower loop, Norris is 21 miles south of mammoth Hot Springs, 13 miles north of Madison (near west entrance); 29 miles north of…

Read More Read More

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs, like other areas in Yellowstone, is in a state of constant change. It’s estimated that calcium carbonate deposits that make up Mammoth build up to 2 feet per year in some spots. This means that the boardwalk routes around and views change constantly from year to year. Part of the lure of the Mammoth Springs is the historical area surrounding it. We spent some time driving around the ‘town center’ checking out the Mammoth Hotel, the former…

Read More Read More

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley is a 26,000 acre savannah that is teeming with wildlife! We saw scores of bison, bison calves, gurgling and bubbling steam geysers and even heard stories from fellow travellers of hunting grizzly bears they spied along the twisting Yellowstone River.Take away the wildlife and you have an amazing breathtaking view that you can stare at for hours.Add in the hundreds of bison, many of which will be up close and personal…and you have a “Jurassic Park” experience. We…

Read More Read More

Yellowstone Expedition Guide

Yellowstone Expedition Guide

Product Review   The Yellowstone Expedition Guide helped make our family vacation a smashing success. Many travel books are overwhelming with information and options and leave you wondering how to start. This book became our indispensable navigator and we’ve been passing it on to family and friends as they plan their trips. The problem with most travel books is that they serve as a giant unprioritized list of places and activities which can be overwhelming when you’re trying to figure…

Read More Read More

Lake Hotel

Lake Hotel

The Lake Hotel is one of the most historic structures in Yellowstone National Park and was added to the National Historical Register in 1991. It has been in operation since the time of its completed construction in 1903. The designer of the hotel was the famous architect, Robert Reamer, the same architect that designed the Old Faithful Inn. The hotel has that early 20th century charm from the bell hop reception area, to the large sunroom overlooking the lake (complete…

Read More Read More