Welcome back to the Adventure Guide, your source for the best information on the greatest spots to explore in the Great American Frontier. Today we’re focusing on Yellowstone National Park, one of America’s most beautiful sites, and perhaps one of the most incredible adventure destinations in the world. Get your sunscreen on, and bring a hat, because we’re going deep into the hills on this one, and you might just catch a mist off Old Faithful as we go.
What to Expect
Yellowstone National Park is nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness, so be ready to do some hoofing it! The geological marvel that is Yellowstone National Park was formed over thousands of years by the incredible volcanic activity hiding just below the surface, but don’t let that scare you off. The area has hot springs, geysers, forests, plains, rivers, lakes, and tons of wildlife. While the park is mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone spreads into parts of Montana and even Idaho.
Yellowstone’s features can be overwhelming to catch in a single day, so plan accordingly as to what you’d like to see while you’re there. Aside from dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, and the gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful, Yellowstone is also home to numerous animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Be sure to bring a camera! There’s a reason people describe Yellowstone National Park as, “One of the best places to visit on the face of the earth!”
The History of Yellowstone
Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you’re there just to enjoy the view, or looking for more intellectual pursuits, Yellowstone has you covered. Consider, for example, the archeological data housed within it’s lush boundaries.
There are sites dating back eleven thousand years showing evidence of human activity in the region, such as the Clovis Point Obsidian Spearhead found at Obsidian Cliff within the park. The first modern men entered the park in the late 1700’s as they took their fur trades farther west.
Since then, people have been all over the area for numerous reasons, from the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883, to to the sites dedication in 1903 by president Theodore Roosevelt, to even more recent history of the discovery of lifeforms that could survive in the extreme conditions of the areas intense hot springs back in 1966.
The scientific and historical goldmine that is Yellowstone National Park will keep you busy and thinking the entire time you are within its boundaries.
Fun for the Family
When bringing along your kids, you needn’t worry whether they’ll have a good time. There’s plenty for the young ones to do inside beautiful Yellowstone. From watching Old Faithful erupt like clockwork, to winter stargazing with the clearest view of the cosmos you’ve ever seen, your kids will remember their trip to Yellowstone with incredible fondness for years to come.
Many people think of Yellowstone National Park much in the same way that others think of Disneyland; there’s a lot to see, and you’ll need to plan out where and what you’re looking for to get a good use of your time. For some assistance here, you can go through this list of family friendly activities at the Yellowstone web page from the National Park Service website, nps.gov.
Remember, Yellowstone isn’t just a place for sightseeing. You can take a cross country skiing or snowshoeing excursion through the Hot Springs Upper Terrace in the winter, or participate in fun educational projects at the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, and even get a badge for completing the course! Whatever your interests, or the interests of your kids, Yellowstone has something to excite you.
Lodging Options Nearby
There are a few options for your stay either inside the park, or otherwise close to the park, but since Yellowstone is heavily trafficked throughout the year by adventurers, getting a good night stay at a good price can be difficult through those options. If you’re traveling with your family, friends, or even by yourself to Yellowstone National Park, you will want a comfortable place to rest after a hard day’s adventure, and one that won’t break the bank.
Consider scheduling your lodging needs through Teton Valley Resort for your next trip to historic Yellowstone. TVR is on the Idaho side of the park, nestled near Victor Idaho, and offers a leisurely hour and a half drive through beautiful, traffic free country side into the park.
When preparing for an adventure as important on the bucket list as Yellowstone National Park, you don’t want to skimp on the important things. Having a place to stay during your adventure is nice. Having a place you know won’t be overcrowded and loud is even better. Schedule your Yellowstone adventure soon, and choose Teton Valley Resort as your basecamp during the trip!