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Spectacular Canyons in Yellowstone National Park
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Spectacular Canyons in Yellowstone National Park

There are many canyons in Yellowstone National Park. The most famous is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with it’s two big waterfalls –Upper and Lower Falls—and its dramatic canyon walls. While the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park is a showstopper and not to be missed, there are several […]

Chico Hot Springs Winter Getaway
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Chico Hot Springs Winter Getaway

One of the great things about visiting Yellowstone in winter is that there is just as much to do outside the park as inside. There is Yellowstone hot spring swimming in the Boiling River and other hot springs near Yellowstone, including one of the best hot springs in Montana – […]

What to See in Yellowstone and Grand Teton in 5 Days
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What to See in Yellowstone and Grand Teton in 5 Days

Viѕiting Yellowstone аnd Grаnd Teton Nаtiоnаl Pаrkѕ оn thе same trip may ѕееm likе a hugе undеrtаking and you are covering a lot of ground. But if you take some timе to рlаn before уоu gо, it’ѕ dеfinitеlу роѕѕiblе to tackle both of these stunningly-beautiful destinations in one triр withоut […]

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 […]