If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park, you really should plan to go there at least once in your life. The natural beauty is amazing! There are so many things to see and do that you really need to stay there a minimum of a few days; longer if you can. There are several places inside and outside of the park to RV, tent camp or rent a cabin. Word of warning, plan well in advance and book your date ahead of time (a year in advance).
One thing to remember when staying or visiting Yellowstone, there are wild animals and you must keep your food and trash secured. You really don’t want unwanted guests in your camping area. To get the most out of your experience, you may be interested in one of the several adventure packages for you and your family. No matter where you decide to stay inside the park or outside, I don’t think you will be disappointed with all the scenery and things to do. Put this one on your bucket list!
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Although we did not stay in the park, we did boondock for the night on a relative’s farm located about an hour south of Yellowstone. This saved us a lot of money and best of all, gave us an opportunity to catch up with family. Our next trip up to Yellowstone should be a family reunion (hint to family). Such beautiful country!
We visited the second week of July and the weather was very warm in the day, but cooled dramatically in the evening. If you plan to visit any other national parks or federal recreational sites during the same year, I highly recommend you purchase the $80 yearly pass. If you are military or a senior citizen, check for discounts. We visited 2 national parks this summer and saved money with the yearly pass. While visiting Yellowstone keep in mind that most people visit during the summer time, so the traffic gets pretty thick at times. Try to be patient and enjoy the scenery. Take your time and stop at the scenic overlooks, you never know what you might see. There are waterfalls, rivers, many wildlife, visiting centers, and much more.
Since this was our first trip to Yellowstone and our first trip with our trailer, it was a little unnerving with the high altitudes and narrow roads. As we traveled along, I was very happy to have our trailer with us since bathrooms are far between and restaurants are not plentiful. Imagine pulling into one of the scenic overlooks and eating lunch with this beautiful view (see pic below). We had the opportunity to do so and it was breath taking! Best picnic ever!
Old Faithful Geyser
We made our way to the famous Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone. Parking was a little difficult when you are pulling an almost 30 foot travel trailer, but they do have limited RV parking. Once again, you will need to be patient and if the two lots are full on the RV parking, then circle around and someone should be leaving soon. You just don’t want to miss this point of interest. Once parked, check what time the Geyser is expected to erupt. If you have a long wait period, then check out the shops or the old lodge. Lots of nice souvenirs and the craftsmanship in the old lodge has much to be appreciated. While visiting the old lodge, I received some interesting information from a family member. My grandfather, while a young boy, helped his uncle, his grandfather, and a large crew of men build the lodge. They slept in tents as their was no facilities in the area. I found it fascinating to know a family member helped build it.
This is one trip my family will remember forever. We were so glad we could see this amazing place. Definitively worth the trip!
Photos by Cilla Green and Theodore Green
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