Yellowstone National Park Journals

Yellowstone National Park - Summer 2005

A June 2005 trip to Yellowstone National Park by NJdudette

Yellowstone - June 2005 Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: An amazing place to unwind, view wildlife, and appreciate nature

Yellowstone National Park - Summer 2005

Overview

Yellowstone - June 2005 Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This park is amazing when it comes to viewing wildlife. No matter where you are, you'd better have your camera ready. I captured pictures of trumpeter swans, eagles, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, pelicans, bison, fox, a prairie dog, a badger, elk, mule deer, a porcupine, marmot, pronghorn, coyote, skunk, wolf, otter, black bears, and grizzly bears.Quick Tips: Try and spend at least 2 days at this fabulous park, and remember, if you see an elk, bison, etc., near the entrance, I can guarantee you will see a bunch more before your trip is over. Keep traffic moving, and PLEASE don't stop in the middle of the road and exit your car - you may cause an accident. Take the time to pull over aw...Read More

Best Western Cross-Winds Motor Inn

Hotel | "Best Western Crosswinds Motor Inn"

Best Western Cross-Winds Motor Inn Photo, West Yellowstone, Montana
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As the name implies, it's a motel, but it's not too shabby by any means. Around $112/per night is rather typical for this gateway city to Yellowstone. The motel was updated a couple of years ago, and I found my room to be rather clean. The continental breakfast is nothing to get excited about, but if you're pinching pennies, then I suggest getting there bright and early, before the crowds suck up all the doughnuts. The motel is situated in the northern part of town but is within walking distance to many of the shops and restaurants. I do recommend walking to do your shopping or dining, as finding parking in the center of town can be difficult at times. I did note that the Best Western Desert Inn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Best Western Cross-Winds Motor Inn
201 Firehole
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
(406) 646-9557

Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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There are many choices when it comes to accommodations within Yellowstone, but I've always been a bit wary about staying in hotels within a park - they never quite seem to live up to the hype. One hotel that appeared to live up to the hype was the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins. I didn't stay there, but I did check the place out and was pleasantly surprised. The ionic columns, dormer windows, and deep porticos on this classic yellow building faithfully recall the year it was built: 1891. It’s an entirely different world from the rustic Western style of the other park lodgings. The hotel was restored in the early 1990s. The three- and four-story wings house the hotel rooms, and there’s also a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins
2025 Mammoth Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7311

Canyon Rim Hike

Attraction

Canyon Rim Hike Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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The canyon rim hike leads you along the edge of the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Most sections are easily accessible from the road, and you can expect to see people nearby. While others scurry from their cars to the edge for a quick look, you can take time to study the intricate beauty of the canyon walls or listen to the roar of the falls and truly experience the canyon.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Canyon Rim Hike
South Rim Drive
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Hayden Valley Hiking

Attraction | "Hayden Valley Hike"

Hayden Valley Hiking Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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The Hayden Valley trail is a strenuous hike through grizzly bear country. It covers approximately 16.5 miles round-trip. About 14,000 years ago, glacial ice near Upper Falls blocked the northern flow of the Yellowstone River, causing water to back up and cover the entire Hayden Valley. Fine sand, silt, and clay accumulated at the bottom of the lake. The glaciers receded, and the lake drained, but these deposits were left behind. This poor soil is the reason Hayden Valley exists today. It's also the reason the trail is usually swampy, since water has difficulty soaking into the ground.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Hayden Valley Hiking
Throughout Hayden Valley
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming