Travel Files: Yellowstone National Park

Since moving west I’ve gotten really into nature and Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place for just that!

About Yellowstone

Yellowstone is divided between three states- Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming with most of the park situated in the latter. The park is famed for being the world’s first national park and features an array of wildlife and geological activity. I stayed just outside of West Yellowstone, MT in an Airbnb and drove to West Yellowstone daily.

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West Yellowstone, MT

West Yellowstone is a small town with a permanent population of about 1,300 people, but because of the park more than 4 million people visit the area every year.

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Gift Shops in West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone is an international town that caters heavily to the number of tourists visiting, so there’s lots of bars, restaurants, and gift shops.

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Old Time Pictures- West Yellowstone, MT

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a giant super-volcano/caldera that has some pretty cool geological activity going on. The most notable feature is Old Faithful, a geyser that shoots boiling hot water into the sky every 45 minutes to an hour. There are other geysers throughout the park, but Old Faithful is the most epic.

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Some other cool features of Yellowstone are the mudpots, hot springs, and Grand Prismatic Springs.

Yellowstone also has a system of dedicated walking paths that you should never go off. Much of the park is made up of a very thin layer of crust that may not be able to handle your weight if you were to stand on it- people have literally fallen into the earth because of this. It’s actually illegal to go off the paths, so why bother trying?

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Grand Prismatic Springs

Things to do

There are endless recreational activities in Yellowstone, some of them include:

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Swimming (legally dedicated areas only)
  • Geyser viewing
  • Hot spring viewing
  • Bison watching
  • Bear and Wolf Discovery Center (you can also view these in the wild, but be careful!)
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Horseback Riding!

Animal Sightings

It is possible to see all of the animals that live in or around Yellowstone during your stay. While there, I saw mostly moose, bison, and pronghorns, I only saw wolves and bears in the Discovery Center located in West Yellowstone.

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A moose!

If yo do spot an animal, the Park warns you that the animals living there are wild- DO NOT APPROACH THEM. I saw a number of people getting within a few feet of moose and bison, which is highly inadvisable since the animal may feel threatened and can attack at any moment.

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Bison on the road!

Yellowstone was a blast and I hope to visit again soon. The Park is the largest in the nation, so visiting for a few days makes it very hard to see everything.

Have you visited Yellowstone? Tell me your thoughts, opinions, and questions below.

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Thanks for reading!

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