Yellowstone National Park Journals

The Road To Yellowstone

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A June 2001 trip to Yellowstone National Park by MarkR37

Bear Tooth Traffic Jam Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: I visited both Glacier and Yellowstone parks on my trip to Montana and they were surprisingly different. Yellowstone is like disneyworld, it has erupting geysers, big Buffalo and lots of tourists. Glacier feels more like a wilderness park with less crowds and more of a wild feel to it.

The Road To Yellowstone

Overview

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Surprisingly the road out of Yellowstone (Highway 212) was the most enjoyable thing we did while at the park. The views are incredible and the crowds are left back at the park. Elk and buffalo are common in the park and make for some fun photos. But the crowds are annoying and if I had to chose I would chose Glacier over Yellowstone without question.Quick Tips: Go off-season in late May or early June to avoid the crush of tourists jammed into the park. Wake up at dawn to see the sights and take photographs. Hike into the backcountry, the farther away from the roads you get, the more you will enjoy the park.Best Way To Get Around: You need a car to get around and this is a major contr...Read More

Norris Campground

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Hotel

Norris Campground Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Our stay at Norris Campground was nice. The area is beautiful and the lots were well wooded. There is a wonderful little stream that people trout fish in and there are elk and buffalo all around. Like most of the park, the campground is full most of the time and the days we spent there were no exception. Get there early or you will not get a spot.

The campgrounds have flush toilets and running water but no showers. There is also no electricity hook ups which is common in the national parks. Norris Geyser Basin Trail is right down the road about 1/4 mile and is well worth the visit.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2001

Norris Campground
Mammoth-Norris Road
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Bear Tooth Cafe

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Restaurant

Bear Tooth Cafe Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Cook City is a tiny little town of less than two hundred residents. Once a mining town the folks here are a last stop before entering the park from the north east side. When highway 212 closes in October they are cut off from the world until late spring and need to get supplies through Yellowstone park which itself is only passable by snowmobile at times. We spent an hour or so walking down this simple town's only road and shopped in a gift shop and then made our way to the Bear Tooth Cafe a funky and very friendly place to rest before the big drive over the mountain. The Cafe's claim to fame is its beer selection. They must have at least 150 beers from all over the world so when the locals are...Read More

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Bear Tooth Cafe
Main St
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 59020
(406) 838-2475

Mount Washburn

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Attraction

Mount Washburn Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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If you can only do one hike in Yellowstone park do this one. The hike up Mount Washburn is an easy climb of about 5 miles along a dirt road with lots of switch backs to ease the incline and unparalleled views of the park along the entire walk. There is a turnout on the upper circle about half way between tower falls and canyon village where you can park your car. You start the walk along the lush valley and you can't really see the summit until you turn the corner of the first ridge. I read that there was a pair of Grizzly Bears that used this area as there grazing grounds but we were not able to see them. Pay close attention to the beautiful trees along the lower part of the hike. The...Read More

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Mount Washburn
Upper loop road
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Highway 212 out of Yellowstone.

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Top of the World Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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When I read that Highway 212 was proclaimed America's most beautiful highways by Charles Kuralt I circled this as a must do and planned my trip so that I traveled along this mountain highway on my way back to Billings from Yellowstone Park. I really didn't know what to expect and what I found surpassed my high expectations. I agree with Mr. Kuralt. I have never been on a more scenic, more spectacular road in my life. From Yellowstone Park you travel through a very large open valley where buffalo and elk graze and if you are lucky you can view the wolf pack that hunts these herds. The scenery is bucolic and wonderful. As you approach the park's exit, the road starts to follow a large canyon full ...Read More

Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone

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Elk by the canyon Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone offers the best and the worst of Yellowstone. The dramatic colors and shapes of the steep cliffs, the wonderful waterfalls and the well laid out overlooks make this a must do in the park. The downside is that everyone else in the free world will be elbow-to-elbow with you as you attempt to lean out over the gaping canyon to snap a picture to remind yourself what it looked like without people. Go at the crack of dawn and enjoy this special place by yourself and you will have a magical experience and you might get some great pictures as well. There are many places along the north rim to view the canyon but the best place is Artist Point. We went up and down both...Read More

Petrified Tree

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Petrified Tree Profile Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Here is a chance to see one of the few petrified trees in the worlds. The tree dates back some 50 million years and is a redwood that was caught in a volcanic eruption that covered it in ash. Before the trees could rot, tiny silica penetrated the cells of the tree and more or less froze them in time and created these amazing specimens. There were three of these stone trees back when they were discovered about 125 years ago but stupid souvenir hunters chipped away and completely destroyed the other two before the largest one was fenced in and protected. This is a quick stop along the upper loop road of the park and is very much worth it. The turnoff takes you right to the tree so ther...Read More