Our Visit To Yellowstone National Park
After a couple of years of full-time travel, we finally made it to Yellowstone National Park this year. Even though it rained every day we were there we still had a blast.
We were lucky enough to get five nights in Bridge Bay Campground which is centrally located in this massive park. It has a dump and fill station and a dumpster for trash. The park has twelve campgrounds altogether but reservations are required. Learn more here.
This particular campground was visited almost daily by elk and bison during our stay.
While having a campfire one night a giant bison just walked around our camper and right by our fire. We got up let him pass, snapped some pics then resumed our fire. It was pretty cool.
There are ten visitor centers and information stations located throughout the park and we got to visit most of them. The Old Faithful Visitor and Education Center and Fishing Bridge Visitor Center were nice and the Museum of the National Park Ranger is worth checking out.
Some of the visitor centers are open seasonally so be sure to check the official website for current hours of operation. Restrooms, trashcans, and gift shops are all available at most visitor centers. Rangers and volunteers are available at the information desk to answer any questions you may have.
Yellowstone National Park is separated into small villages I would call them that have visitor centers, gas stations, shops, and small grocery stores. Grocery items are priced a bit high, but if you forgot something you should be able to find it.
Visitors can find a number of restaurants and small eateries throughout the park. We only ate at the 60s-style burger diner and ice cream counter inside the Canyon Village General Store. The food was only okay, but after hiking ten miles we were starving and it hit the spot.
There is so much hiking available in the park there is no way to finish it all in one five day trip. We did manage to hit every geothermal area though. It rained during our Old Faithful eruption so that wasn’t very impressive, but the Upper Geyser Basin trails there should not be skipped.
The West Thumb Geyser Basin is a geothermal area we enjoyed as well as the Mud Volcano area. If you only have a couple of days in the park you can easily visit all the geothermal sections and get to see some amazing wonders of nature.
We saw moose at Cascade Lake and marmots and coyotes at Storm point!
The Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook should not be skipped during your trip. It’s just amazing.
I also recommend spending a morning at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and exploring the upper and lower falls. This area is just impressive.
For more details on anything I listed above just click on the link. We did more hikes and visited more areas as well and you can check out all my posts on Yellowstone National Park here.
We didn’t get to do nearly enough during our visit. We had plans to hike the river in Lamar Valley, but some construction work was being done so we had to skip it. We can’t wait to go back and explore Yellowstone National Park more and are even contemplating working there this summer.
We had fun during our visit and it’s a destination I would recommend if you’ve never been before. The wildlife encounters and geological features found in the park are astounding.