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Yellowstone National Park Photos and Information

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is a huge destination Wyoming park that attracts people from all over the world, because of it's unique physical attractions such as the "Old Faithful" geyser, and all kinds of wildlife. This page contains Yellowstone National Park photos and information.
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February 28, 2008

We will be traveling to the Badlands SD, Mount Rushmore and then on to Yellowstone National Park this summer. Anyone been to these places and have any suggestions for area, things we MUST SEE, Things we MUST DO? Cheap or free would be best but not necessary.



Also any other hints suggestions and things to avoid would be greatly appreciated. We will be traveling with our 13yo son and no other children, keep that in mind. Thanks in advance for your help!

Denise from Ohio

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Do you belong to AAA? They have the nicest tour guides just for the asking if you are a member.

Also contact the states department of tourism and they will send you all kinds of maps, etc.

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Each National Park charges you to get it. Several years ago, as we hit Yellowstone (our 3rd national park on the trip) I complained. I was then told if I could produce receipts from the others, I could trade them in for a year pass that covers ALL national parks. I did that and even got some money refunded back to me.

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Generally, the further away you are from the park, the cheaper the lodging, both camping and hotels.

Yellowstone does not allow tent camping or the use of campers or popups that contain canvess (due to bears). Take a cooler into the park with you for your snacks, meals and such. It is very very expensive. I even found the gas station on Yellowstone to be higher. Film and batteries are outrageous once you are in the park. Stock up before hand, or do what we did. I was using a digital camera, so I uploaded twice at a drugstore and at a public library onto a disc to free up my camera space.

You have to see old faithful, and climb the path above it--take a water bottle with you!! You can also learn about it before hand by getting on their website and watching old faithful from the webcam that yellowstone has set up.

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The national parks all have "ranger classes" for kids that are free. But, we had to buy the ranger patches for about $3 each--but it was worth it. They also get a newspaper full of ranger news--2 or 3 levels depending on the age of your kids. We took several classes--one was on identifing animals by their scant (poop), one on the marks animals make on trees, one on tracking, one on geology-it covered rocks and geysers in the area.....
I did buy the videos at both yellowstone and the grand canyon. The pictures were far better than the ones I took with my camcorder, plus I didn't have to lug it around.
There is a lot of hiking, so take a backpack and/or fanny pack. I took and carried and used: bandaids, bottle of water, extra socks (one kid got a blister from wearing sandels-wear good walking shoes) and those 88 cent rain poncho's from walmart, granola bars, gum, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, bug wipes (lighter to carry than the bug spray) and kleenex.

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They do have bus tours--we didn't do it, but my cousin did and said it was worth the money because they could actually look at more scenery and less at the road.

Always keep your car FULL of fuel. There is a lot of remote area where you can drive for miles and never see another car, even though you are still in the park. Also, when we went there was road construction and we had to sit for over an hour in the heat waiting on traffic from the other direction to end so we could go-several cars ran out of gas.

Oh-if you go during bike week, be prepared for slow traffic.

We did see people who got arrested for taking plants and rocks out of the park at Yellowstone. And the roads that have signs that say no campers or trailers--beleive them--you have no where to turn around, they are rough and there are huge dropoffs--we saw a trailer that had gone over a ledge because they were trying to back out of a road they should not have gone down. Also, don't park where is says tour bus only parking. The bus drivers call and get you towed-its a huge fine plus a impound fee to get your car back. We heard a couple warn another couple about it-they said 2 years ago they got towed and it was almost $300 by the time they got their car back.

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
February 29, 20080 found this helpful

Great suggestions above.

When you go through the South Dakota, don't forget to stop at the longest drugstore called "Wall Drug" they have a lot of interesting sites in there too. The forts and the caverns are very cool. The Crazy Horse museum is nice too. When you go Mt Rushmore, make sure you don't go at night where the fog comes in.

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They WILL NOT turn the lights on and you are stuck. We had to visit twice due to the fog. Also, prepare yourselves with jackets too. It snowed in May the last time we were there. Have fun and there are tons to see and do there.

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February 29, 20080 found this helpful

I recommend you check out tripadvisor.com You can ask questions about specific areas on their forums, check out recommendations for restaurants, hotels, etc. I have belonged (free) for several years and I always get great tips on the areas I am traveling too.

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HI -- I have been to S. Dakota a couple of times, and it is a great place to take kids. 13 is a perfect age. Stop off at Wall Drugs, in Wall, on the way into the Black Hills. Also spend a day driving through the badlands on the way to the Black Hills, and visit the heritage homestead in the Badlands and see the prairie dogs. Rapid City makes a good base. Close to there you can see private caves, the Reptile world, a petrified forest, the city museum, a Maze, and the Cosmos. I think it is in Keystone that you can take a train ride and see a ghost town. There is the Crazy Horse Monument and museums to see there. Custer makes a good base to see the sites in the south, like Crazy Horse. When we were there years ago, there was a great country show every night, but I don't know if it is still there.

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At Hot Springs, you must see the Mammoth Site and go for a swim in the natural hot springs pools and water slides. There are State Park caves that are excellent too; better than the private ones, but be sure to see at least one kind of cave. There are also things like bumper boats and go-carts in several places if you are interested in that. There was an excellent campsite at Custer, if you are traveling in a trailer.

In Deadwood, you should go to the wax museum, go to the play in the evening, go on a city tour, and see the graveyard and hear all the stories about the old cowboys. There are costumed actors on the street acting out scenes periodically throughout the day. There is gambling, but you can avoid that if you are not interested in it. Up at Spearfish, you can see the Passion Play. You can easily spend a week in the Black Hills alone. It is a terrific place for a family.

On the way to Yellowstone, stop at Cody to see the Trail Town site and spend at least a day at the Buffalo Bill Museum. There are 5 museums there -- Buffalo Bill, guns, western art, natural history, and First Nations culture. There is also a rodeo every night, but we didn't go to that.

In Yellowstone stop at a Ranger station to find out what geysers are erupting when, and then plan your trip. We saw a lot of geysers in one day, as well as elk, bison, and some other wildlife. Be sure to do the walk around Old Faithful and see the other springs. We only spent one day, but you could certainly spend longer than that.

Those are the highlights from my trips to this area. Have fun.

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Near Mt. Rushmore is Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Both are beautiful caves and our 12 year old grandson loved them. There is also Rushmore cave which is also lovely. Also in the area is Hill City and the Black Hills Institute which is a must see for dinosaurs. Great displays for free and inexpensive bones for sale.

Now to Yellowstone, our favorite place, have been there six times from central California. You need at minimum 4 days, 5 to 7 are best. Go to www.nps.gov and get a lot of info about what to see in 6 or 7 different areas. Remember it's the size of Rhode Island and Conn. combined. The first place you can, buy a park map it will really help. If you are in an RV you'll want to stay at different campgrounds each night. There are: Grant Village or Madison (closest to Old Faithful area), Lake Village, Canyon Village and Mammoth, but you have to make reservations. It's worth the money to spend one night in the Old Faithful Inn and wether you stay there or not it's a must see. Call 800-436-7275 they are the only ones who take reservations for Yellowstone and a couple others. Call soon because it fills up fast. So check the nps site, figure how long to spend then call. It's worth it because it's magical.
PS: Even if you get a season pass, it will still cost you for the camping, but it's cheap (I think it was $9 or $10 last year). Elizabeth

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Fogot to tell you check out your local library for videos and books with photos on Yellowstone. We did that on our first trip there in 1992. Elizabeth

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Not too far east from Mt Rushmore in Wyoming is a Place Called Devil's Tower. It was a lets just go check it out on our vacation and it ended up being one of the favorite places we saw. On the way to Devil's Tower we saw a advertisement for a Buffalo run that had reciently been discovered. If you had the energy you could hike all the way down see the layers of buffalo bones. IT was really neat. I think they were supposed to be getting funding on on making it kind of like a museum. This was around 2001 so don't know what has happened to it since.

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March 3, 20080 found this helpful

My very favorite was Devil's tower. Walk around the base of it..Blows the idea behind Close Encounters of the Third kind, but it's a lovely walk.
There's the Crazy horse museum and Wall Drug, but I see others have already told you.

 
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Add my 2¢ worth for Devils Tower, the bad lands, and Wall Drug. Also, take drive around the Wild Life Loop, and sign up for the Chuck Wagon Dinner. It's a little pricey, but well worth it!

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March 14, 2011

This was a time when I was really scared, and had nowhere to run. This was taken outside the east gate of Yellowstone National Park. I had decided to go for a short walk, and encountered a moose coming out of the brush. As I slowly walked across the road backwards, this cow stopped at the side of the road. Thank God she didn't go after me!

By Diane Shafer

Moose looking off to the right.

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January 25, 2011

Out of all my photos, this is my favorite. It is a shot of the mountains I took while we were in Yellowstone National Park. The sun was perfect and the water very still. I love this picture.

By Candace

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March 18, 2011

It was such an adventure in Yellowstone National Park! To see these American Pelicans in a row with a snowy background, and the reflection's was such a beautiful sight.

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April 12, 2011

A beautiful lake when winter does not want to leave, and spring is trying to break through.

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June 28, 2011

We went on vacation to Yellowstone, and stopped here at one of the sites called the Falls. It was so incredibly beautiful! It took my breath away.

A powerful waterfall cutting a channel through rock on either side.

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March 23, 2011

To see this in Yellowstone was so amazing to me. Two wolves from the Hayden Run wolf pack feeding off a bison remains. I am sure it was the alpha male and female.

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June 17, 2012

While visiting Yellowstone Bear World I visited the petting zoo. This peacock put a fine show on for his three peahens as well as us visitors.

Yellowstone's Bear World peacock displaying his finery.

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