Yellowstone National Park Journals

Yellowstone Treasures

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A January 2003 trip to Yellowstone National Park by Muchmor

Yellowstone Wildlife Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: We spent three days in the Yellowstone area. This journal outlines the good and the bad, as well as accommodations, etc.

Yellowstone Treasures

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Yellowstone Wildlife Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone is truly beautiful. We took so many photos, thank God we had a digital. Highlights include erupting geysers which are just fantastic to watch, from the smallest bubbling pool to the likes of Old Faithful. The pools such as Morning Glory are just so beautiful. Another great thing has to be the wildlife. We managed to see bison, elk, wolves, moose, and on one occasion, a black bear. If I was forced to recommend certain areas it would be West Geyser Basin, Mud Volcano area, Norris Geyser Basin and the Old Faithful area.Quick Tips: The biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have enough time to take in all the sights. Although some of the areas look quite small, there is so much t...Read More

Snake River Lodge & Spa

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Hotel | "Snake River Lodge & Spa"

Snake River Lodge & Spa Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Whist visiting Yellowstone we stayed in Teton Village, about 60 miles south of the south entrance and a few miles from Jackson Hole. We stayed in a place called Snake River Lodge & Spa. The lobby area of the hotel is very quaint, with all the furniture etc made of wood, featuring animals, such as racoons and baby bears. We had a Deluxe King room which had a very comfortable bed, strewn with cushions. There was also a small table, a couple of chairs and a large wardrobe and dresser. There was also a TV with pay per view movies, coffee maker, alarm clock and a mini bar. They provided fluffy white dressing gowns too, although we never used them, as it was too warm. Another nice, though expensive ...Read More

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Snake River Lodge & Spa
Teton Village
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

West Thumb

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Attraction | "Yellowstone South Entrance to West Thumb Junction"

West Thumb Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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We traveled to Yellowstone via the south entrance from our base at Teton Village. The views are beautiful and the journey very scenic. The journey around Yellowstone can be broken into segments and the South entrance to West Thumb Junction is the first of these. At the entrance you pay and then get a guide to the park with maps, etc. As you travel along the road you see fantastic panoramas of the Teton National Park Mountains. The Lewis River meanders along the right of the road and is very pretty, surrounded by green grass with the backdrop of the mountains. Shortly after the park entrance is the first waterfall you come across, Moose Falls. Here you can park and take a short trail to a small ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2003

West Thumb
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

West Thumb

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Attraction | "West Thumb to Fishing Bridge Junction"

West Thumb Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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West Thumb Junction to Fishing Bridge Junction is the second section of our tour. The first place you come across is the Geyser Basin. There is a large parking area which you cross to access the wooded walkway which takes you round the area, approximately half a mile. This area is truly spectacular and beautiful. It overlooks the huge and very blue Yellowstone Lake, but the reason you are here are the pools and springs that seem to be everywhere. If you follow the pathway, you won’t miss anything, but be careful as bison roam freely. At one point we had to turn back on a path as a bison had decided to take a rest there and the park ranger was stopping people getting too close. There ar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2003

West Thumb
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Fishing Bridge to Norris Junction

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Fishing Bridge to Norris Junction Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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The first major point you come across on this part of the route is Le Hardys Rapids for which there is a parking area. Here you can watch trout jumping over the rapids during June & early July. We were here early July, but didn’t manage to see any, typical. The next major area is the Mud Volcano Area. Be warned this place stinks! The stench of sulphur is very strong here and takes your breath away as you exit your car. There is a very large car park with toilets, however, the toilets are awful, just a pedestal leading down to a deep hole in the ground. The area has a walkway which is about a mile long and parts of which are quite strenuous due to the steep gradients and general la...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2003

Fishing Bridge to Norris Junction
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Canyon Junction to Norris Junction

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Canyon Junction to Norris Junction Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Most of this section is quite uneventful until you get to the end – Norris Geyser Basin. Again here there are parking, toilets and drinks machines. There is also a museum at which point you can turn left towards Back Basin or right to Porcelain Basin. Back Basin. This area is like entering another planet. The landscape is unreal, with spouts of steam emerging all over the place, gurgling and bubbling going on and you half expect a dinosaur to come plodding in from the horizon. Again you follow a boardwalk which is approx 1.5 miles from which you will encounter geysers such as Steamboat Geyser. This one is just along from the entrance to this walk and almost constantly steams and sputters. We tho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2003

Canyon Junction to Norris Junction
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
307-344-7381

Madison Junction to Old Faithful Village

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Madison Junction to Old Faithful Village Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This section has many places to visit en route, the first being Firehole Canyon Drive, which is a two-mile drive. In this section, you can see Firehole Falls with its swimming area – be careful, as there will be lots of cars pulled onto the side of the road whilst people take a swim. There are toilets, which you can change in should you have the urge. Back on the main road following Firehole River on the right, the next point is on the left – Great Fountain Geyser. This is a predictable geyser erupting every 10-12 hours up to 150 feet. We didn’t see it erupt, just steaming. The next point is Lower Geyser Basin which is a lovely walk through many pools and geysers such as Celestine Pool, wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Madison Junction to Old Faithful Village
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Geyser Basin

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Attraction | "Upper Geyser Basin (Old Faithful)"

Geyser Basin Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This is a huge area with lots to see and you need to allow plenty of time to wander round, at least half a day, preferably longer. The first geyser you come across is the most famous – Old Faithful. There is a wooden seating area around the perimeter of the geyser and it erupts regularly every 90 minutes or so. Definitely worth getting here early if you want a seat. Every eruption is different, we saw three, the first was good, the second brilliant and the third a little disappointing by comparison. After you have watched an eruption, you can take a path either side of Old Faithful. We went right first, past the shops etc. You don’t miss anything from the other route as you come back t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Geyser Basin
Old Faithful Area
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Teton Aerial Tram

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Teton Aerial Tram Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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In the winter months Teton Village is a ski resort, so it is no surprise that there is an aerial tram in the village. If you visit in the summer however, you can still take advantage of this and see some magnificent views. We stayed here when visiting Yellowstone and on our last day in Teton decided to take a ride on the tram. It runs regularly all day between 9am and 6pm, and is cheap at $18 per adult, children were about $5 I think. Each carriage takes about 45 people at a time, but we only had about 10 in ours so were able to wander about easily. The views from the tram are magnificent. It travels about 17 miles per hour so you have plenty of time to view the valley below and the surrou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2004

Teton Aerial Tram
Teton Village
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300