Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd
This visit to Yellowstone National Park was in conjunction with my trip to Grand Teton National Park back in 2011. Since my family and I had already explored Yellowstone in depth a few years before, we decided to only take a brief stop in the park on our way to Glacier National Park. Don’t get me wrong, we could have easily spent a few days exploring this enormous park further, however, we ultimately decided that we wanted to spend more time in a new place (Glacier).
Yellowstone is home to some pretty spectacular scenery, which is mostly a result of being located on an active volcanic hot spot. The Yellowstone Caldera is home to hundreds of geothermic features, including the brilliantly orange and blue Grand Prismatic Spring, and the towering Old Faithful Geyser. Seeing these features are definitely something that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Another sight not to be missed in this park is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The canyon has been altered by erosion and hydro-thermal activity, which has given the rocks the brilliant yellow and orange hues seen below. There are many trails and vantage points along the canyon, so I recommend checking multiple locations out to see each unique perspective.
Wildlife is also something that Yellowstone is know for, as herds of bison and elk roam throughout the park. It is also not uncommon to see bighorn sheep, wolves, and bears when visiting. Please remember to treat the wildlife with caution and respect – in recent years I have heard many reports of people doing insane things like putting a bison calf in their car trunk, or trying to pet a bull elk.
There are many other places in the park to explore like Mammoth Hot Springs, Mount Washburn, and Tower Falls (to name a few). Brian and I will be going next August, so we are really looking forward to spending more time in the park, and reporting back with tons of pictures and stories about our adventure. Until next time!