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Backpacking the Yellowstone River Trail

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. Anders and I are getting ready for our annual mother-son backpacking trip, and I was reflecting back on last year’s trip in Yellowstone. We hiked along the Yellowstone River Trail from Hellroaring Trailhead to the Eagle Creek Campground […]

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Early Summer Wildflowers in Yellowstone

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. In the last weekend of May 2015, we took a walk along the Beaver Pond Loop, one of our favorite early season hikes. It’s about five miles, and other than a steepish hill for the first 3/4 of […]

Grizzly tracks on the Bechler river trail in yellowstone
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What should you do when you see a grizzly bear?

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. Last week we went to a talk about bear safety by Dr. Tom Smith. Dr. Smith is the expert in human/bear conflicts—grizzly, black, and polar. He is also a friend and someone my husband and I work with […]

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5 Yellowstone Hikes for Kids and Families

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. We are lucky to live less than an hour from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park and even luckier to get to spend lots of time in one of the world’s first national park. It isn’t easy […]

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Trout Lake

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. Trout Lake is one of our favorite summer destinations. Around early July, the cutthroat/rainbow trout hybrids spawn up the inlet creek, with their backs and fins sticking out of the creek. The otters that call Trout Lake home, […]

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Lamar River Trail

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. The Lamar River Trail is a flat, easy trail and a great way to access the Lamar Valley on foot. Heather and I walked about 3.5 miles of it on our spring trip. Animals were everywhere—bison and pronghorn […]

The Large Cabin
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Lamar Valley Cabins

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. There are a lot of places to stay near Yellowstone National Park, but the Lamar Valley Cabins are two of the best. Located in Silver Gate, Montana, just a mile outside the east entrance, the cabins are an […]

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Beaver Pond Trail {April 2015}

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. The bison are everywhere in Yellowstone right now! My friend Heather and I spent the weekend in the park and hiked several trails. Ostensibly, we were there to watch wolves, but we didn’t put a lot of effort […]

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Hike to Natural Bridge in Yellowstone

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. Driving directions, trail info, and more can be found at the bottom of the post. We were supposed to go backpacking last weekend, Heather and I. And climb Electric Peak. We had the permit and everything. But, then […]

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The Boiling River Yellowstone National Park

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure.   The Boiling River is one of only a few hot springs in Yellowstone National Park for swimming. Here’s how you find the Boiling River and everything you need to know to enjoy your time swimming in Yellowstone. […]

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One Day in Yellowstone: Boiling River, Lone Star Geyser, Old Faithful

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. It’s easy to feel like you have to see everything on your Yellowstone trip. But, some of our favorite days are ones where to take the time to really enjoy a few special spots. Here’s a great day we […]

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West Thumb Geyser Basin

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclosure. Perched on the edge of Yellowstone Lake, at the heart of Yellowstone National Park, is West Thumb Geyser Basin. Pinks, blues, oranges, yellows, rusty browns, and verdant greens fill the hot spring-pocked landscape before running into the country’s […]