This was my relaxation shot after I completed a 5 1/2 hour stretch of driving through the Buchon and Big Horn mountain ranges and into Yellowstone National Park! We set up our tent right away and were ready to fix some lunch before diving into the park sites!
We stayed in the Grant Village campsite in the southern part of the park, right on Lake Yellowstone!
I should clarify, our first “site” in Yellowstone was during a traffic jam on the way to the campsite where all cars came to a hault as passengers jumped out to get photos of, what I would eventually learn as we inched forward, a bear lumbering up a hillside in the forest. Due to the heavy traffic, I did not get a photo of him sadly, but we did see one!
After taking one of the ranger tours around Old Faithful, we did some exploring on our own around Excelsior Geyser Crater and the Grand Prismatic Spring!
Grand Prismatic Spring:
Great Fountain Geyser and Fountain Paint Pots:
Later that night, we had a visitor on the way back to camp:
At the turnoff before our campsite ended up being a hotspot for elk herds. This little lady paid us a visit while we waited to turn.
That concludes day one. We spent the evening listening to the ranger program at our campsite’s amphitheater, which was great. If you ever go to Yellowstone, definitely talk to the rangers! They are passionate and knowledgable people who love what they do. You’ll learn a lot!
Have you been to Yellowstone? What do you remember most? If you haven’t been, what’s your favorite camping story?