You'll Be Missed!
Yellowstone National Park will take you away! Don't forget to come back. The cats get hungry!
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But when you're ready to go on a trip and explore the adventures of Wyoming, there's no place like Yellowstone National park. Located in 3 states, 96% of the park is in Wyoming, 3% in Mondtana and 1% in Idaho!
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. Wikipedia
Summer is coming and Yellowstone is a Must See on your Bucket list. With 2.2+ million acres, 7 species of ungulates (bison, moose, elk and pronghorn), 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and the gray wolf, you can't help but want to stay to see them all.
Yellowstone is actually the World's First National Park and is home to one of the worlds largest calderas (volcano like depressions) with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers!
When I was a young girl my family visited Yellowstone quite often because we were close. Of course as kids we loved the geysers but hated the smell of the sulphur from the geysers!
Yellowstone (and all other National Parks) actually offer Free Entrance Days on:
January 16, Martin Luther King Day
February 20, President's Day
April 15 and 16 and 22-23 (Weekends of National Park Week
August 25, National Park Service Day
September 30, National Public Lands Day; and
November 11, 12 for Veterans Day
Needing a bit of guidance when you get to the Park? There are several Tour Operators in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding ecosystem. If you have never been to the Park, I highly recommend getting a professional to show you around. They can spot things that you may have never seen if they hadn't shown it to you.
Like to camp? There are 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone that are first come, first served. You cannot make reservations ahead of time. However, failing to get one of these 12, you can make reservations at 4 other campgrounds. Here is a link to the Yellowstone National Park Maps for the Campgrounds.
Not much of a camper, there are some excellent lodges. Lodging inside Yellowstone National Park is seasonal and the reservations fill up in advance. Many visitors make the most out of their trip by planning what they want it see that day and resting up in one of the nearby gateway communities for the evening.
You can't beat the flyfishing here in Yellowstone either. There are over 100 lakes and a thousand miles of streams in Yellowstone. the only game in the Park on the opener, and each May a group of Firehole River regulars eagerly awaits the Memorial Day weekend. There is no "best" time to fish Yellowstone Park. Each month of the short season offers its own style of best fishing. From the season opener in late May through the end of June, the best places to fish are the Firehole, Gibbon, Madison, and Lewis Rivers, and both Yellowstone and Trout Lakes, when they open on June 1st.
Hiking trails are everywhere in Yellowstone and there's no telling what creatures, wildflowers and wildlife you will encounter. You'll see waterfalls and different geological formations and enjoy Mother Nature at her best.
Yellowstone is the place to be in winter! Break out the snowmobiles and enjoy the attractions. During inclement weather, there will be overcrowding at the warming huts and restaurants so plan ahead and know what the weather will be like. Don't own a snowmobile? That's okay! There are a few wonderful rental locations in and out of the park.
Snow Coach Tours are the way to see the Park in winter. Imagine a great big 4-wheel drive van moving across the ice and snow with the guide who can tell you just about anything you want to know about Yellowstone. This is a safe and easy way to get around. Contact Snowcoach Operators in Yellowstone National Park for your tour.
Two more fun winter sports are skiing and snowshoing. Although track is only set on a few trails, ou are welcome to ski/shoe unplowed roads and ungroomed terrain
So when is a good time for you?
Here's what the weather is like there:
Spring and Fall. Daytime temps range from 30F to 60F with overnight lows in the teens to single digits. Snow is common with regular accumulations of 12" in 24 hours!!! So you MUST come prepared.
Summer. Daytime temps are around 70F and up to 80F at lower elevations. Nights are usually cool and temperatures can drop below freezing in the higher elevations with thunderstorms common during the day at the lower elevations.
Winter Temperatures are really not that bad. they often range from 0- 20F during the day. Nighttime temps may drop to sub-zero. The record low temp is -66F. Yep. You read that right! Snowfall is variable with an average of about 150 inches per yer. Higher elevations may get twice that much!!
Come back to see us here in Cheyenne though! You'll be Missed!
I can't begin to share enough about this wonderful work of nature. No matter what season you go, you are sure to enjoy your time there.