Yellowstone National Park

Our Trip

We went to Yellowstone National Park this past June. It was the most wonderful trip we have ever taken. We drove from Illinois all the way to Yellowstone. It was a very long trip, about 1500 miles one way. But it was well worth the time it took to get there. The first thing everyone should know is that you really should make reservations at the campgrounds of your choice or the lodges within the park. If you just show up like we did without reservations, this makes it so much harder to find somewhere to stay. We are campers so we started to look at the campgrounds when we arrived. By mid morning most of them are already full. What a shock to us, we fully expected to find just the right camping spot. How wrong we were. There are 12 campgrounds within Yellowstone National Park, 7 of them being first come first serve. You gotta get there very very early to get a spot. Having never really been to a big attraction like Yellowstone we were very surprised by how early these campgrounds filled up. Usually by 8 in the morning they were full. These 7 first come first serve campgrounds are operated by the National Park Service. The other 5 campgrounds are operated by the Yellowstone National Park Lodges and the take reservations. They suggest that you make your reservations well in advance of your arrival. Some of them told us 6 to 8 months in advance is not unreasonable as they fill up quickly as well. You can probably find campgrounds outside the park, but the park is huge and its really to your advantage to camp inside the park. We traveled about 600 miles within the park to see all the sights we wanted to see. We camped at a campsite in the Grand Tetons National park, our campground was 1 mile from the gates to Yellowstone. We were there in mid June of 2009 and we were camping about 5000 feet elevation. And let me tell you it was cold at night. We were in a tent and about froze to death. At about 10 or 11 in the morning the temperature would rise into the 70's, but that campfire at night was wonderful. This is bear country and most of the campsites had these big metal bear proof boxes on the campsite for your coolers and food. They suggest you don't leave your food in the car because a bear can break the windows and get in. I admit that I was a bit nervous about camping in bear country but the metal boxes did make me feel a bit better. Yellowstone is a massive National Park. As you travel along the roads inside the park there are pull offs along the roads to see different sights like waterfalls and bubbling mud pools and of course all the wildlife. You can easily sit in traffic for hours as the buffalo wander about the roads and everyone is taking pictures. We had one buffalo walk past us on the road and I could have put my hand out the window and easily touched him. He was massive. We saw tons of small recreation campers in Yellowstone and were told that you could rent these for however many days that you wanted. This does save on money as its very expensive in Yellowstone. You would probable have to rent these campers well ahead of time as you do the campsites. You can google to find where you can rent these. There are many sites on the internet that have to do with Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Parks. Those websites have oodles of information to make your trip everything you want it to be. They do suggest having a car because of the size of the park and the miles between all the major sights. As I said before we put on 600 miles in 7 days just inside the park. If you like the outdoor and wildlife, Yellowstone is the place to go, the amount of wildlife that we saw was just amazing. The only thing we didn't see were wolves. I hope you enjoy my pictures, I took over 300 of them so I can't show them all, but I hope you like my selection.

Yellowstone Pictures

Lewis Canyon
Lewis Canyon
Bubbling Mud
Bubbling Mud
Old Faithful Gyser
Old Faithful Gyser
Sleeping Buffalo
Sleeping Buffalo
Bear proof food storage
Bear proof food storage

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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a nice hub! Great information on Yellowstone National Park. I went as a child, but after reading your hub, I need to go back there again. Beautiful photos! Take a look at some of my hubs if you want, and please comment if you have any suggestions. Keep up the good work.- Carol


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, brilliant photo's, I live in boring England and would love to visit yellowstone park, the fiercest animal we have got over here is a squirrel! I would love to see buffalo and bears up close in their natural habitat. nice hub, welcome to hubpages. Nell


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Carol, thanks so much for your comments, you really should revisit Yellowstone. I also went as a child and had forgotten how truly beautiful it is. Nell I do hope you will get the opportunity to visit Yellowstone, its awe inspiring, hard to believe such beauty exists in this world.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Good to know information about reserving space early!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Yes Duchess they say 6 to 8 months before your planned trip. Just shows how popular Yellowstone is and it's only open during the warm months.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat and her Wonderful Husband took their kids to Yellowstone in about 1990. On advice, they booked rooms in Old Faithful Lodge about 8 months in advance. Even then, it was not possible to get 3 nights in a row, and had to spend 2 nights there, 1 night in another Lodge. Thought that we had come a long way from England to Yellowstone. Checking in, the family in front of us had come from Tel Aviv. That tells you something about the populatity of Yellowstone.

Still, it is the most amazing place, and was really worth saving up for.

But do start planning a year in advance if it is going to be a once in a life time trip.

Thanks for an interesting hub .


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks for your kind comments 2patricias Yellowstone is awesome and yes 8 months in advance is not unusual.


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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

Yellowstone is a fantastic place for a vacation. Love the pictures! I encountered the same problem with staying inside a national park when I visited Glacier National Park. I reserved the last room for only two of the three nights I wanted to stay there. So good advice for planning well in advance.


shinujohn2008 6 years ago

hope i geta chance to visit Yellowstone National Park


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dingdong 6 years ago from South India

Having seen it in 2012 movie, I really wish to visit the place.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks Rose yes planning ahead is a good thing.

You would love Yellowstone shinuhjohn it's an awesome sight.

Hopefully sometime you will get a chance to visit dingdong.

Thanks for the kind words incastreasures greetings from the Chicago area. And thanks all of you for viewing my hub.


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bengriston 6 years ago

I want to get to Yellowstone one day. I really want to see the wolves and hear them howl.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

The wolves were the only animal we didn't see. But we may have heard them. It was a wonderful trip. Thanks for reading my hub bengriston.


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Mitch King 6 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

Thanks for sharing your trip, we are planning a vacation there this summer along with Glacier National Park.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Have fun it is an awesome sight. Thanks for reading my hub Mitch.


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hafeezrm 5 years ago from Pakistan

I went to this park quite some years back and was surprised when the guide told me that this park "is the most polluted place in the world because of gathering of hundreds of snow-mobiles in winter". Was it a joke?

Luckily, I was traveling in summer and marveled the beauty and fresh of the park.

You hub has brought back old memories.


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fishtiger58 5 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks for reading my hub hafeezrm, that is odd because my understanding is that the park is closed during the winter. Maybe things are different now.


Sam 4 years ago

Nice post. We did Yellowstone in a camper van and had an excellent time.

http://samsplayground.com/five-days-in-yellowstone...


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fishtiger58 4 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks so much Sam, thanks for reading my hub

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