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by John G. Wilbanks
July 18, 2000
You don't always have to get out of the car to experience the beauty of this park. Starting at Mammoth Hot Springs near the North entrance, head East to Tower-Roosevelt. Take a break and have a meal in the Lodge, before continuing east into the Lamar Valley. This is where the main population of wolves are. It is also a beautiful flat valley with mountains at the far end. After getting your fill, pull a U-turn and turn Left at the Tower-Roosevelt intersection. A short distance south come to Tower falls and take the hike to the bottom...save the ice cream stand for when you get back.
Continuing south, you will climb over Dunraven Pass on your way to Canyon Village. The pass is a wonderful place to watch clearing thunderstorms and the rainbows that go with them. At Canyon Village drive along canyon drive and stop to see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
After getting your fill here, take a forested drive West to Norris Geyser Basin. Take the walking tour and don't forget your camera. At Norris you have a decision to make. Either continue west and camp at Madison or head north and return to Mammoth Hot Springs. Of course if you camped at Norris, you can relax for the rest of the evening and ready yourself for the next day.
From journal Early Summer in Yellowstone National Park
Saint Paul, Minnesota
October 29, 2003
It's been dry in the west for a long time, and the southeast entrance to Yellowstone was closed by fire during much of our two week stay. One day, Rt. 191 south of Big Sky was closed by fire also. So we had to detour on our return that evening. A small inconvenience, considering the fires in California this year. But you'll do well to phone ahead and check that your route is open if fire is a possibility.
From journal Yellowstone Too