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Bus tours of Yellowstone Jackson Hole From Salt Lake City

Private Bus tours of Yellowstone Jackson Hole Teton From Salt Lake City

So long as your group consists of 14 to 45 people, we can provide private bus and van tours of Yellowstone, Teton and Jackson Hole. We can begin tours from Salt Lake City or Jackson Hole. Hear what a lady said on a recent 4 day bus tour our company arranged. “The group consisted of 37 including a few family members…Moses is very knowledgeable and explained the background of each site. Moses had excellent eye to spot wildlife…It was most exciting to be able to see many wild animals, elk, antelope, bison, coyote, wolf, black bear, moose and Grizzly during our 4-day stay.” Park tours in Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton are a passion for us. It is not just making money, rather an adventure that we love to share with others. You can arrange tours with friends, family or associates in your jobs, or perhaps you are planning a wedding in Jackson Hole, or visiting from other countries via Salt Lake or Jackson Hole. Whatever the situation may be, if you want to see Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks, we are here to fulfil those needs. Simply plan ahead and let us know when you want to have a bus, driver and tour guide. It is that simple. In some cases, people may want us to find hotel accommodation, restaurants and other special needs that may arise. We will work with you. Tours can begin from Salt Lake City airport, or hotels. The trip will take us through Powder Springs, Hoback Junction and Jackson Hole. You will spend the first night in Jackson Hole. After breakfast, we shall tour the Grand Teton Park and head to Yellowstone.

Bus tours of Yellowstone Jackson Hole From Salt Lake City

Jenny Lake

Lunch will be at Grant Village. Grant Village has two restaurants, visitor center and gift store. After lunch the tour will take us to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Here we shall see the Abyss Pool, including mud pots and several other thermal features. Lake Yellowstone is nearby. We shall spend more time there as well. Another stop will be the historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The tour group is welcome to buy snacks and wander in front of the hotel. The hotel faces Lake Yellowstone and it is a beautiful place to enjoy nature. You will spend the rest of the evening in Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The third day of the trip from Salt Lake City, we shall tour the Dragon’s Mouth, Hayden Valley home of bison, Grizzlies and wolves. This will be an opportunity like in other stops, for you to take memorable pictures of scenes and wildlife. We will see Artist’s Point where you will take pictures of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Lower Falls. The colorful banks of the Yellowstone River are worth a thousand words. No picture can do it justice though. We will stop by Uncle Tom’s trail head parking lot. Here we shall see the Upper Falls of Lake Yellowstone. We will stop for lunch in Canyon Village. The cafe in the Village offers Chinese and American lunch. After lunch we shall continue the trip to Fountain Paint Pots where you will see Silex Pool, Red Spouter, Clepsydra Geyser. Next stop will be the Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser. We will stop at Old Faithful Geyser. From Old Faithful Geyser we will head back to Jackson Wyoming where you will spend the night before heading back to Salt Lake City. If Jackson Hole is the end of your destination, then it ends on the third day. You may spend the night in Jackson and proceed to Salt Lake City the next day. Or you can continue to Salt Lake City if you plan to catch a plane the same day.

Bus tours of Yellowstone Jackson Hole From Salt Lake City

Abyss Pool

For those who want to tour Yellowstone Upper Loop before departing to Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City, you can spend the night in Old Faithful Inn, Snow Lodge or Old Faithful Lodge. The following day, we shall tour Mammoth Hot Springs with its travertine terraces. We will drive to Lamar Valley by way of Hellroaring Mountain. We shall also stop at the Tower Falls basalt cliff and continue the trip to Canyon Village by way of Dunraven Pass. The tour will end in Jackson Hole, if you started your tour from there. Or it will continue the same day or the following morning to Salt Lake City.

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Palette Spring

Winter Summer Tour Activities in Grand Teton & Yellowstone

Winter, summer tour activities in Grand Teton, Yellowstone Parks and Jackson Hole

Winter Yellowstone tours can bring unbelievable joy, when finally you see wolves! Winter Yellowstone tours begin from the Jackson Hole valley. Not only would you find wolves, but such mammals as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bison, moose. Yellowstone Tours From Jackson Hole embarks on 4 day winter tours that will afford you excellent opportunity to see these creatures. All you have to do is check out offerings in https://yellowstonesafaritours.com. Book tours well in advance. These tours tend to be carried out on a weekly basis only. They are good for one to four people, same price. See you soon.

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Sapphire pool.

Wolf Tours in Yellowstone and surrounding areas.

Yellowstone wolf tours are popular with many visitors to the Jackson Hole area. Yellowstone wolf tours begin in spring and into the winter. Wolf tours in the winter begin in January until March each year. You would think bison for its size and behavior, it would not be scared of wolves. Bull bison can weigh as much as 1900 pounds. Despite the weight, they are agile and sometime graze alone, miles away from their herds. They seem so independent that I used to think, they can not be scared of predators such as wolves. However, my beliefs were shattered when I had a family of four on a wildlife tour. The husband spotted a gray wolf running casually near a herd of bison. Thirty minutes later, I saw a black wolf running occasionally, and three or four times lying in the dirt near a river and on the grass. Deliberately, it moved closer and closer to a herd of bison. Then I saw huge bull bison aware of the wolf’s presence, running into a group. Finally there were five bison, four of them enormous. They mustered the courage to face the enemy. They moved in formation and walked towards the wolf. The scene was reminiscent of wildebeest running away from a lion after a surprise attack by the later, and then gathering forces as a group and facing the enemy. I always thought bison are majestic and no predator might put fear and trepidation in them. But I was wrong!You could be lucky to see just about any of the following wildlife:Grizzlies and black bears in Yellowstone and Grand Teton Park are probably about 1000. The most famous include 399, Bruno and Blondee. Black bears come in two colors, black and brown. Grizzlies come in cinnamon, gray colors. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is the hump on the back of the animal. Grizzlies tend to be bigger as well.Moose may be found in the Grand Teton Park. Bison can be found both in Yellowstone and Grand Teton park. There numbers greater than any animals in the two parks, except elk. Elk are in the Jenny Lake area, Jackson Lake Lodge, Big Thumb. They usually have young ones in spring. Males shade antlers in March and April. Wolves number about 100 inside Yellowstone and Grand Teton. It is not easy to find them within the 2.2 million acre park.Big horn sheep can be found in the Yellowstone upper loop as well as the Jackson Hole area.Prong horn antelope may be found in Jackson Hole.Mountain goats may be found south of Jackson, Wyoming in the winter. You can find them also in the Yellowstone Upper Loop in the summer. Bald Eagles may be found in the Grand Teton area as well as Hayden Valley. Golden eagles are rarer, but may be seen in the Madison River area on the west exit of Yellowstone Park towards West Yellowstone, Montana. So get ready for tours. Plan early to visit Yellowstone for wildlife tours.

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Pronghorn Antelope

Places to see and wildlife to look for in Yellowstone and Tetons.

Yellowstone Park tours are popular throughout the world. Yellowstone tours will certainly lead you to colorful hot springs, sky blue warm and hot springs, geysers, steam, waterfalls. Because of wildlife, flora, and its scenic beauty, people come for Yellowstone tours from around the world.
When you tour Yellowstone on your own or with a guide, make sure you see some of these features: Calcite Springs in the Upper Loop lies within the Yellowstone River near Tower Falls. Lamar Valley is home to bison and many other animals such as wolves, bears, coyotes and mountain goats. Mammoth Hot Springs was a military fort in the early 1900s. It is the Headquarters of Yellowstone National Park. It has a hotel and hot springs that will be worth your while seeing.
Norris Geyser Basin has the famous Steamboat Geyser and so many other thermal features that will interest you. On your way to Yellowstone from Norris, there is a small but beautiful waterfalls, Gibbon Falls. Further down after you pass the falls, there is a beautiful valley with the Gibbon River running through it. You may want to see the Black Sand Basin. It has intermittent geysers, blue warm springs and the colorful Emerald Pool. Lake Yellowstone is 400 feet deep in some places and it is 21 miles long. It is a beautiful lake to stop by in the afternoon. The Absroka mountains in the background makes it even more beautiful with the afternoon sun shining on the water and mountain. You could see steam coming out of the edges of the lake. Steam from the volcanic magma comes out into the lake itself as well, through an intricate silicon miniature plumbing with has built over a period of thousands of years.
In the Grand Tetons you may see bears around Coulter Bay area, between Jackson Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Dam. In the willow bushes, you might see elk as well. The Tetons have a history which I have discussed in other blogs. It is worth driving by the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, where you will see the Cathedral Group of Mountains up close. Look for Pronghorn antelope in Teton Park, you may see them grazing in the sage brushes.
Places to see in Yellowstone include geysers, hot and warm springs, flowers, tall pine trees, canyons, water falls large and small animals. Things to do and places to visit in Yellowstone are many. The land of 2.2 million acres with its sister park the Grand Tetons with 330,000 acres are pristine and far beyond description as to its beauty. There are at least 14 places to see and great things to do in these two parks.
Emerald Pool in the Black Sand Geyser Basin is a hot spring with green, orange, yellow colors. It slightly changes colors by the seasons.
Grand Prismatic Spring in the middle geyser basin has what you may describe rainbow colors. It is 371 feet long. Bacteria survives by the edges of the pool.
Excelsior Geyser releases 4000 gallons of warm water a minute into the Fire Hole River. Temperatures could reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beehive Geyser in the upper geyser basin goes off for about 4 minutes and 50 seconds. It is estimated to go upwards of 190 feet high. It is located across the Fire Hole River adjacent to the Old Faithful Geyser.
Old Faithful Geyser goes off every ninety minutes plus or minus ten. Hot water gushes out of it its silica vent for about two minutes and steadily fizzles out. There are about five hundred geysers in Yellowstone.
Fountain Paint Pots in the Lower Geyser Basin has two beautiful features you can see. Silex Spring is deep blue most of the year. Driving on the road, you can see it. The Fountain Paint Pots are formed by a combination of bacteria activity, water, soil and heat from underneath the Yellowstone Volcanic chamber.
Steamboat Geyser is in the Norris Geyser Basin. From the Ranger station walk about a mile in trail leading to the geyser. It expels water from its chamber infrequently. However, when it does, water goes up to three hundred feet in the air.
Big Thumb Geyser Basin and Lake Yellowstone. Big Thumb has mud pots and hot springs. Lake Yellowstone has vents which release unseen hot water into the lake.
Fire Hole Drive off of Fire Hole River is a beautiful scenic road with a spectacular volcanic cliff and water just by the road.
Brink of the Upper Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, is best seen on a sunny afternoon. It may have a rainbow or two. The roaring water in front of you from the Upper Falls is extremely impressive. It is powerful and clean.
Huckleberry Ridge in the Upper Loop of Yellowstone is a volcanic cliff, part of what erupted 2.1 million years ago. Yellowstone has had three explosions in the past, this is one of them.
Palette Springs in Mammoth Hot Springs are giant basins of hot water which is formed of calcium and other minerals. The springs constantly (in comparison to geysers) move from one spot to another.
Tower Falls a short walk past the gift shop is a long slim water drop which ends in Yellowstone River. The road heading north from Tower Falls leads you to a breath taking vertical basalt cliff, just before Calcite Spring.
Morning Glory is about a mile and a half miles from Old Faithful, walking on paved trails. In the middle of the pool it has aquamarine look to it with yellow brownish colors on the edges. It is a gem that many have trekked there to see over the years.

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Colorful warm spring, Yellowstone

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Van Tours of Yellowstone & Tetons| Small Group Private tours

Van Tours of Yellowstone and Tetons.

Van small group tours in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons are popular with families and friends who prefer to spend a day or two in Yellowstone together as a group.  Are luxury vehicles more comfortable than vans?  The answer of course is yes.  But as experienced guides will tell you, some people prefer van tours.  They want to hang out with friends they have been away from.  Some time these are family members or coworkers who would rather tour together as a group.  There are instances where large groups of people want to be together as well.  To them touring in a bus is just fine.  People have different choices.  And we at Yellowstone Tours From Jackson Hole recognize it.  We have provided vehicles in the past for different group sizes.

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Van tours roomy for 11 people.

We had 37 people on a recent tour.  Our company has done so many tours of 12 to 15 people and 8 to 14 as well.  Name your small or large group size and we shall provide the necessary equipment and manpower to get the job done. 

Our services are also for wedding parties that would like to tour the two parks near Jackson Hole.  People come to this area for many reasons.  One of them is to attend friends’ weddings.  We provide what we call pre-wedding tours.  All you have to do is book our small to large group park tours.

Advantages of Van private tours.

Advantages of van private tours include sharing the scenic beauty of Yellowstone and the Tetons with close friends, associates or family members.  You get to view wildlife in comfortable environment with people who are close to you.  Van tours take you to the same places cars go into the park.  So you do not miss out on anything you want to see.  The time you spend on a tour is about the same as a car, which means you are not wasting too much time on the road.  You have the same  friendly and knowledgeable guides who provide private car tours.

Tours from Yellowstone National Park| Private Guided Tours

Yellowstone National Park Private, Guided Tours

Private tours of Yellowstone National Park start from Jackson Hole. Yellowstone guided tours will first take you to Moulton barn on Mormon Row, just past Moose Junction on Antelope Flats road. Mormon Row is an old settlement. All that there is now are few wooden structures on the one street. In order to get more history of the Tetons why not visit Menor’s Ferry near the Chapel of the Transfiguration. When you go to the Grand Teton Park entrance in Moose Wyoming, pass it by few yards and turn on a road that will lead you to the church and Menor’s Ferry. Crossing the Snake River without a bridge was not comfortable two hundred years ago. In 1894, Bill Menor built the ferry named after him (credit Todd Wilkinson, Andrea Pistolesi).

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Abyss Pool

Tour Jackson Hole and its surroundings.

Jenny Lake at the foot of the Tetons is a glacial lake, so also is Jackson Lake. Jenny is 2.5 miles long, 1 mile wide and 257 feet deep. You can take boat rides to and from the foot of the mountain from the visitor center. There is hiking trail surrounding the lake about 8 miles long. Jackson Lake is 15 miles long. Both lakes offer spectacular viewing and photo ops if only you tour at the right times. Jackson Lake has a dam and on top of it, you can capture beautiful pictures of Mount Moran and the pine trees which line the lake close to the mountain. On your way from Jackson Lake to US highway 89, there are bushes both to your right and left. Look carefully, you might see elk and sometime Grizzlies. Pilgrim Creek Road between Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay is about 2 miles long. You may want to look for bears along this dirt road. You could see both Grizzlies and Moose. Drive up Signal Mountain and you could see deer and black bears along the way to the summit. Once on the summit, you will have an amazing view of the Jackson Valley and the Tetons. In the winter you can drive behind the Elk Refuge and see bighorn sheep up close. You can also take a tour of Jackson Hole and head south to Alpine Wyoming. There you could see mountain goats on the cliff. You can visit Laurance Rockefeller Preserve in the summer and enjoy a fantastic effort at preserving nature. There you will see pictures of birds, moose, elk and all sorts of rodents in the wild. It is a soothing and meditative building.

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The Tetons

Lake Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin tours.

Our guided tours can take you to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Among the thermal icons you will see is the Fishing Cone. It’s water is hot, though it is surrounded by cold water. Early adventurers fished in the Yellowstone Lake and boiled their catch in the hot water of Fishing Cone (credit Todd Wilkinson, Andrea Pistolesi). Apart from geysers, West Thumb also has hot pools such as Abyss Pool. The water is deep green aqua marine colored. There are mud pots as well as fumaroles. Lake Yellowstone which is near by these features has a large body of water up to 21 miles long. The lake itself is part of volcanic explosion which took place 640,000 years ago. The Lava Creek Caldera is part of the larger Caldera Rim which covers the lower loop of Yellowstone, even extending westwards towards Idaho. There were mini explosions which followed the major explosion. As a result, parts of Lake Yellowstone are 400 feet deep. Pictures of the underwater of the lake, show intricate miniature silicon “pipes” which have naturally formed over thousands of years. Fumaroles flow through these pipes into the lake. In the winter, steam coming from the pipes is capable of warming concentrated ice on the edges of the lake.

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Mount Moran

The Dragon’s Mouth near the Mud Volcano makes deep noises because of the steam and water coming out of the depth of the earth. In the summer of 2019, part of the opening into the cave collapsed, partially blocking the opening. Like the Mud Volcano and many other thermal structures in this area, huge amounts of sulfur is pumped out every second. It is not uncommon to find bison hanging out by the warm and hot springs. They do so especially in the winter, for warmth.

Private Tours of Firehole Canyon Drive.

Private tours of Yellowstone can take you to Fire Hole Canyon Drive. By the Firehole River there is this massive vertical volcanic cliff which you will drive by the one way road. About a mile up the road the Firehole falls is just by the road. Further up, there is a “swimming pool” also by the side of the road. In the months of July and August, you can swim in this swimming area. The cold water is moderately warm from the thousands of gallons of warm water pouring up stream into the Firehole River. Excelsior Geyser alone, releases 4000 gallons of warm water into the river, every minute.

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Owl in Yellowstone

And why not tour Dunraven Pass, about 9000 feet beside Mount Washburn?  You could see black bears on the 30 minute drive through the pass. Eventually you will descend  down Elk Creek towards Tower Falls. Stop at the Tower Falls General store so you can see the waterfalls.  You may proceed to the petrified tree, a mile and a half from Tower Falls. Continue the tour by Hellroaring Mountain.  There too you may see black bears. The scenic beauty of the mountains and valleys are surely inescapable.  

Island Park Caldera scenic tour through Montana.

You can request private tours from Yellowstone that can take you from Jackson Hole, up the Teton pass to Victor and Driggs Idaho. For two hours, you will drive through the awesome fields of potatoes and barley, with rolling hills. Behind you, the Tetons will be beckoning to you as you drive further and further away from it. Before you reach the small settlement of Island Park, there is a marker by the side of the road which says Island Park Caldera. This is the sight of the second volcanic explosion in Yellowstone, 1.3 million years ago. The rest of the drive to West Yellowstone Montana is forested with pines and open fields. It is only 14 miles from West Yellowstone into the Yellowstone Park.

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Grizzly dinning!

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Visit Yellowstone & Jackson Hole| Summer Winter Tours

Visit Yellowstone & Jackson Hole| Summer Winter Tours

Visit of Yellowstone and  Jackson Hole visit can be rewarding. Yellowstone tour in May could result in black bears and Grizzly sightings.  They look for prey such as elk, bison, deer. They also feed on grass, flowers especially tender fresh growth. It is easier for your guide to locate bears at this time of the year than most. By the end of September and early October guides can also locate bears much more easily for you. If your intention is to see bears, then consider the months of May, early June, September and early October. In addition to feeding on other wildlife, flowers and grass, bears in September and October also dig out seeds stored in the ground by squirrels. They also eat the large variety of berries found in Yellowstone, Tetons and the surrounding areas. There is an abundance of blueberries, huckleberries, red elderberry, grouseberries, etc. Your guide will know where to drive and help you find bears in the midst of their foraging activities.

Yellowstone was first settled by Native American tribes, Shoshone, Nes Perce among others.  They called Yellowstone River “Yellow Rock River”, most likely because of the yellow we still see on the banks of the river.  The yellow seems to be very old sulfur deposits.  Yellowstone is the first National Park in the world.  It is a world heritage center.  It is popular around the world, with people from so many nationalities visiting annually.  These should be good reasons for a Yellowstone visit.  Besides there are more.

Why you should visit Yellowstone and Jackson Hole

Yellowstone black bear

As for elk sightings, you can see them most of the time, even in the winter. They tend to feed at night, while they relax inside the bushes and trees when the sun comes out. Guides are familiar with elk routine and they will help you locate them. In certain locations such as the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, you can see elk in winter months, in the thousands. There are two other locations in the Jackson Hole vicinity that you can see elk in the thousands as well.

Moose love to keep cool when it is hot. Wildlife tour guides know where to look for them. Because they love to keep their body temperatures cool, moose can be found in marshy areas. They can be found in higher elevations and by the rivers as well. In September and October, you can see moose much more easily, because it is their rot season and they hang out in the fields. In the winter, there are particular places you will see moose. Wildlife tour guides are very familiar with these places. Once awhile you will see moose inside Yellowstone. But they are in the Tetons for the most part.

Photography adventure of Yellowstone and Jackson Hole.

You can take amazing pictures in the Jackson Hole area, particularly in autumn. You can take stunning pictures of the Snake River with colorful aspen trees mingled with pines from the Teton Point Turnout. Or you can take impressive pictures of trees, the Snake River and the Grand Teton from the vantage point of Schwabacher Landing. Go to the Snake River Overlook and you can also take pictures of the Snake River down below with the glacial ridge and the Tetons in the background. Another amazing spot for photography of the Tetons is at the Oxbow Bend Turnout. With perfect sunrise or afternoon sun, you could take pictures of the Snake River, colorful aspen and birch trees and Mount Moran with its skillet glacier and basalt dyke in the background. You can also take pictures of the Tetons reflected in Jackson Lake in the perfect mid morning sun near the Chapel of the Sacred Heart.

Why you should visit Yellowstone and Jackson Hole

Tetons at Oxbow Bend

On a hot sunny day, you can take rainbow colored pictures of the Grand Prismatic Spring. You can do that by trekking from the Fairy Falls parking lot to the Grand Prismatic overlook hill. Or you can take the boardwalk and go closer to the spring and take good pictures. Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin thermal area deserves its name. You can get beautiful pictures of the pool even with a cheap camera. Emerald Pool in Black Sand Basin should be another stop, if you love green, brown and yellow colored hot pool. Castle geyser near Old Faithful erupts infrequently. If you are fortunate, you could see it erupt. While Old Faithful erupts for about two minutes, the former shoots out water for several minutes. And why not go to the Fountain Paint Pot where you will see the deep blue water of Silex Pool. Nearby, you will also see mud pots popping. Bacteria breaks down soil, water collects on top of the soil and heat from the volcanic magma underneath Yellowstone heats the mixture. The result is bubbling hot mud. You can also go to Norris Geyser Basin, where you have furmaroles, geysers and hot springs. Steamboat Geyser can shoot water as high as 300 feet, but is is extremely infrequent. Hot Springs in Norris are reportedly the hottest inside Yellowstone, reaching temperatures of 459 degrees, according to the Chicago Tribune.

You can make your tour fun by going to the lower and upper falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Go to the Brink of the Upper Falls and you will stand on top of the waterfalls. At times rainbow could be seen in the Yellowstone River. Further up the road past the Brink of the Upper falls you can drive into a parking lot and hike down to the lower falls. It is about thirty minutes to go down. Once you go down, you will see the waterfall drop which is much longer than the upper falls. You can go to Uncle Tom’s parking lot and see the upper falls as well. Afterwards you can drive to the Artist Point. There are four places where you can see the lower falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. They are all good spots for picture taking. You will see colors of white, yellow, pink, brown and maroon on the banks of the River Yellowstone, all of it rhyolite.

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Hayden Valley

A visit to Hayden and Lamar Valleys.

Hayden Valley and Lamar Valleys are similar in that you are more likely to see bison and many of them too. There is grass and lots of it, plentiful clean water, open spaces. For these reasons, bison and other wildlife hangout in the two valleys. Elk can be found, bald eagles, swans, pelicans as well, but also predators such as wolves, coyotes and bears. Get into the Valleys early in the morning if possible. You could see predators in the afternoon, but more of their action is early. Spend time scanning the landscapes carefully with binoculars. Patiently spend some time waiting and watching. When you leave Hayden Valley, you may want to spend some time by Lake Yellowstone. Be there in the afternoon with the sun shining on the lake from the west. With the Absroka Mountains in the background, the view of the lake can be stunning. And if you are in Lamar Valley, go to the Calcite Springs near Tower Falls General Store. You would see steam and dark elements by the Yellowstone River. Few yards down the road, you can park your vehicle by the vertical basalt high cliff by the side of the road. Across from the cliff is the Yellowstone River. The cliff of the river has several layers of ancient soil deposited on top of each other over a period of millions of years perhaps.

Visit Mammoth Hot Springs the birthplace of Yellowstone.

Do not forget to visit Mammoth Hot Springs. It was a military fort prior to 1900. Today it is the headquarters of Yellowstone National Park. Adjacent to it, is the travertine terraces formed over a period of thousands of years. One of the more visible hotspring, Palette Hot Spring can be seen from the road. You can even take good pictures of it from the side of the road. You can drive in the massive natural complex of dormant springs. Drive up towards Huckleberry Cliff and you will come across massive boulders strewn carelessly down the canyon. You will then come across Huckleberry Ridge. This is supposedly the location of the first Yellowstone volcanic explosion 2.1 million years ago.

Why you should visit Yellowstone and Jackson Hole

Palette Spring

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