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The Best Horseback Riding in Yellowstone
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The Best Horseback Riding in Yellowstone

There are a lot of outfitters leading horseback riding trips in Yellowstone National Park, but our favorite is  Wilderness Pack Trips. Erin and Mike Thompson, the owners of these Yellowstone horses, take you off the trail and into the sagebrush or woods. Wilderness Pack Trips leads both day trips and overnight […]

Yellowstone Expedition’s Yurt Camp.
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Exploring Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland with Yellowstone Expeditions

Yellowstone Expeditions yurt camp is my favorite way to experience winter in Yellowstone. It’s cozy, but remote; wild, but civilized. 

The blurping of the mudpots kept everyone's attention.
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Labor Day in the Park (Two Ribbons, Harlequin Lake, Monument Geyser, Artists Paintpots)

This Labor Day we braved the cool temperatures (mid-20s at night!) and met friends for camping at Hebgen Lake, just outside of West Yellowstone. The boys and I drove down Friday early afternoon, set up camp, explored, read, and basically relaxed. After dinner and s’mores around one of my famous upside-down […]

Backpacking the Yellowstone River Trail
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Backpacking the Yellowstone River Trail

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 near Jardine. We walked through wildflowers, biting insects, patches of trees and […]

Early Summer Wildflowers in Yellowstone
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Early Summer Wildflowers in Yellowstone

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 a mile, it’s pretty mellow. This year it seems like the wildflowers […]

5 Yellowstone Hikes for Kids and Families
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5 Yellowstone Hikes for Kids and Families

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 picking 5 hikes in a park that is so full of wonderful […]

Trout Lake
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Trout Lake

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, gather around whenever they need a snack. We usually end up at […]

Lamar River Trail
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Lamar River Trail

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 primarily. We even found some wolf prints, but no wolves. The trail […]

Beaver Pond Trail {April 2015}
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Beaver Pond Trail {April 2015}

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 into that, preferring instead to walk the trails. We didn’t get into […]

Hike to Natural Bridge in Yellowstone
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Hike to Natural Bridge in Yellowstone

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 it rained. A lot. And snowed in the mountains; it snowed on […]

The Boiling River Yellowstone National Park
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The Boiling River Yellowstone National Park

  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. The Boiling River Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone is known for its hot […]

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

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 had in August 2009. We started out with a soak in the […]