Yellowstone: Bison, moose and bears oh my

Updated: Feb 21, 2021


Didn't get a good shot of a bear so this elk will have to do.


I can see why four million people visit Yellowstone each year.

  • The wildlife is abundant

  • The thermal springs are out of this world

  • The park is endless, can go back every year and explore something new each time

We only had two days in the park so mostly drove around, saw the sites, stopped for wildlife and mixed in a couple short hikes. The most popular destinations were crowded but there is definitely space to explore in solitude. I'd love to come back and go further off the beaten path, even do some backpacking.

 

Sites


Grand Prismatic Spring

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Short walk

It's hard to put words to this one. Really felt like you were on another planet. Ferdinand Hayden, leader of the expedition that found and named the Grand Prismatic Spring, described it best:

Nothing ever conceived by human art could equal the peculiar vividness and delicacy of color of these remarkable prismatic springs. Life becomes a privilege and a blessing after one has seen and thoroughly felt these incomparable types of nature's cunning skill.

West Thumb

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Short walk

Feels like you're looking into the abyss!


Old Faithful


If you haven't already, check the box

 

Hikes


Bunsen Peak

  • Rating: 🥾🥾🥾

  • Hike Length: 4.4 miles round trip

  • Elevation Gain: 1280 ft

  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

  • Alltrails

This hike goes pretty much straight up. Pano view from the top was awesome even despite the hazy day. Think it's safe to say we had the first and only pass completion on top of Bunsen Peak! 🏈


Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

  • Rating: 🥾🥾🥾

  • Hike Length: .8 miles round trip

  • Elevation Gain: 250 ft

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Alltrails

We stopped at Artist Point viewpoint and then did a short but steep walk down to the Brink of Lower Falls.

 

Other Activities


 

Food & Drinks

 

Housing


Pine Haven Luxury Cabin - In the sticks, would recommend staying closer in Yellowstone west or Big Sky




Trip: 9/28/20 - 10/05/20

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