- Mahtab Beheshti
Yellowstone National Park is truly a magical place. Located in the North West corner of Wyoming bordering Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone is a phenomenon unmatched anywhere else in the world. Huge historical volcanic eruptions have formed a 30- by 45-mile caldera or basin which is a part of today’s park. The magmatic heat powering those eruptions still powers the park’s geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots which you see at every corner of the park.
Animals roam the park freely in great numbers. The wildlife includes bison (buffalo), elk, grizzly and black bears, wolves, trumpeter swans, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Visitors are encouraged to carry bear spray on hikes and to make noise so as not to surprise the bears. Bears are harmless and wonderful to watch unless if they feel threatened.
From rivers to lakes to waterfalls, there’s no shortage of amazing hikes. Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon makes for great views of the river and waterfalls while hiking its ridges.
Yellowstone’s main travel thoroughfares are the five entrance roads and the Grand Loop Road. On the Loop, you will find many visitor centers, museums, boardwalks, and scenic side roads. Shaped like a figure eight, the Grand Loop is approximately 142 miles long with the average speed limit of 45 mph. The rest of the park is backcountry, traversed by some 1,000 miles of trails.
Weather changes so rapidly in Yellowstone and from one section to the other you might go from sunny to rainy to freezing in a matter of hours. Always dress in layers and carry rain gear with you.
Staying in the park: There are 9 lodges and over 2,000 rooms available in Yellowstone’s hotels, cabins, and lodges. They become available on May 1 st for the following summer. In order to get your choice of rooms, you’re encourage to make your reservation in the first couple of days as Tour companies book most of the rooms in the first week.
Visitors can stay right outside the park in West Yellowstone, Montana or any other surrounding cities close to the 5 different entrances to the park.
For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/lodging.htm
Hike to Lost Creek Falls(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): This is a great beautiful hike to an amazing waterfall in Lost Creek. It’s an easy 1 mile hike to a 40-foot waterfall along Lost Creek and is the most secluded waterfalls with many opportunities to spot wildlife and wildflowers. The hike begins behind the Roosevelt Lodge in the Tower Roosevelt area of Yellowstone.
Hike to Lamar Valley Outlook near Specimen(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): This is a 4.2 mile hike in Yellowstone Lamar Valley with an optional 17.7 mile Specimen Ridge Trail. The valley offers a wide open space through rolling hills and many different trails. It’s great for a longer quieter hike.
Explore Midway Geyser(Fall-Spring)(Beginner): The Midway Geyser Basin is one of the most colorful and steamy basins in the world. The amazing colors will leave visitors in awe along with the beautiful backdrop of the forest and surrounding area.
Drive the Firehole Lake Loop(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): This is one of the hidden gems in Yellowstone where you’ll find solitude and quietness along with a beautiful view. The drive is a 2 mile one way road, near the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. The area offers several unique and beautiful thermal features in this area.
Hike above Grand Prismatic Spring(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): This hike is a must when you visit Yellowstone and is a very rewarding way to spend an hour or two while visiting. The Grand Prismatic Spring is Yellowstone’s largest hot spring and is the third largest spring in the world. The spring is a gargantuan pool steaming hot and colorful water.
Hike to Mystic Falls(Spring-Summer)(Beginner): This hike is one visitors should take to explore different landscapes in the park. Here, you can take an easy day hike to a 70 foot Yellowstone Waterfall. Find this hike in the Biscuit Basin area of Yellowstone Park. The hike offers access to several thermal features, like Sapphire Pool, and a walk through a luscious green forest.
Hike Uncle Tom’s Trail(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): Uncle Tom’s Trail includes 382 steps up a short but strenuous hike. The hike offers a scenic view of the lower Yellowstone Falls from ¾ of the way down the canyon. The trail is found in the Artist’s Point Road.
Boiling river near mammoth lodge: (swimming) There is a short walk from the parking lot that brings you to the “boiling” spot that you can go into. The hot water flows in the cold river to make this a once in a lifetime experience. It’s like a natural jacuzzi at the edge of the river.
Swim in Firehole River: For the kid at heart, there is a natural water slide that brings you down with the flow of the river to the cool natural pool.
Wildlife Viewing: For your best chance of spotting bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and many more species, visit the Lamar and Hayden Valleys.These expansive valleys along the Lamar River, in Yellowstone’s northeast section, is often called America’s Serengeti for its large and easy-to- see populations of charismatic megafauna Lamar Valley is the best area to drive around to see wildlife.
Hiking, Mountain Roads, Boating, Nature Walks
Additional Logding Options
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins (1 Grand Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190)
Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins (Lake Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190)
The Cody Hotel (232 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY 82414)
Phone: (307) 587-5915