Yellowstone National Park Journals

Yellowstone is Much More than Old Faithful

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An October 2005 trip to Yellowstone National Park by Wasatch

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Yellowstone is Much More than Old Faithful

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Overview

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Yellowstone is big– 3,457 sq. miles containing 125 miles of paved roads and more than 1,000miles of hiking trails. Yellowstone is high- 6,600-10,000+ ft. above sea level. Most of theattractions are around 8,000 ft.-- cool in summer, frigid in winter. I’ll divide up Yellowstone’s attractions like this:WATERFALLS: There are 6-8 falls easily accessible from the road. The best views are fromArtist’s Point and at the end of the trail to the base of Tower Falls. Artist’s Point is the best viewpoint in Yellowstone and one of greatest scenic spots anywhere. Absolutely not to be missed.VOLCANIC ACTION: There are two impressive effects o...Read More

Yellowstone lodging

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Hotel | "A General Guide to Where to Stay"

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This is a introduction to where to stay in Yellowstone because it is a complicated matter. There are lots of options spread over an area larger than some states(the park alone covers 3,500 sq. mi.). Lots of visitors to Yellowstone stay in the Park. Most don’t. There are three reasons not to stay in the park: 1] Lodging in nearby communities is cheaper. 2] Food in nearby communities is better and cheaper. 3] Because so much of the staff working at the facilities inside the park are seasonal help– a lot of college kids– most park facilities close before the park does. 4] There is more to Yellowstone than the park. The Yellowstone region is one of most scenic places in the...Read More

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Yellowstone National Park

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Attraction | "Thermals"

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Yellowstone is the product of vast volcanic action, but in recorded history, the only volcanic action is thethermals. The thermals are created by rain and melting snow percolating down into the ground until theyhit hot magma-- rock so hot it has melted into a slow moving liquid– where the water is heated to boilingtemperatures, causing it to return to the surface, either in an occasional explosive outburst– geysers– or ina continuous flow– Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Prismatic Pool, the Mud Volcano, the FountainPaint Pots, and Morning Glory Pool. Almost all the geysers– Old Faithful Basin, Norris Basin, Upper and Lower Basins, and West ThumbBasin ...Read More

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Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
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The Animals of Yellowstone

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Attraction | "Animals: You Can't Miss them, but be Safe"

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A lot of species inhabit Yellowstone, but some are more likely to beseen than others. Bears are the toughest to see. In 55 years of travelingaround North America, I’ve seen bears in the wild three times– once eachin Maine, Alaska, and Yellowstone. Our Yellowstone sighting, in the latefall, was the best-- a mother Grizzly and two cubs. The scene was improvedby an idiot tourist who approached the bears far to closely than wassafe to take some close-up pictures. Lucky for him Mommy bear let himlive. A friend living near Yellowstone says that fall, when the berry bushesripen, is the best time to look for bears. She is almost alwayssuccessful in spott...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2008

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Getting there is half the fun, for Yellowstone is the high point of one of the continent’s mostscenic regions. From the southwest via I-15: turn right on Orem exit 800 N. Stay in the left lane, which willput you US 189 to US 40 in Heber City. Turn left on US 40 to I-80 east to Evanston, WY. Turn left on UT 32 at the stop light about 4 miles north of Heber City to UT 150 in Kamas.From Salt Lake City and the west via I-80: Go east on I-80 to Evanston, WY. The more scenicroute by UT/WY 150 will add 2-3 hours, and is more scenic when driven on the return trip fromEvanston. Go south, right turn, on US 40 to the Kamas exit to Kamas. In Kamas, turn left...Read More