Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the United States. The beauty of this park is outstanding and by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and I think the 4.26 million people who visit every year could agree!
Now let me tell you, it definitely is MASSIVE! It’s not a one day deal. BUT I can tell you some must see spots around the park for a short 2 day Yellowstone trip.
Here Is What We Did
Our family drove from Oklahoma to Bozeman Montana and then into Yellowstone from the West Entrance in West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is one of those must see little towns. It’s definitely a tourist town but all the same it has some amazing shops and is perfect to just walk around and browse before you start your trek into Yellowstone park.
Entering into the park you will be given a map. KEEP THIS SUCKER ON HAND. There are road maps and you will not get lost but let me tell you, you will miss some amazing things if you do not have this map. It also will let you know about road closures. At the time we went the road between Tower Roosevelt and Canyon Village was closed so the map helped change up our route due to this closure.
Along the way we came to many side pull offs and most we pulled into. Some were a lengthy walk and some just a short walk to the destination but all completely worth it.
* Mammoth Hot springs
What a sight. This how springs is massive and so many different view points to really get a good look. While you are at Mammoth hot springs you should grab some ice cream and the grocery store and watch the amazing elk that frequently roam the little town area.
This ended our first day at Yellowstone as we spent the first part of our day in West Yellowstone. This first day consisted of a lot of walking to many side stops and we were absolutely stunned by the magnificent sights.
To begin our second day we had to back track down from the north entrance down through the roaring mountain and take a left to go into canyon village. This little town is similar to the one near Mammoth Hot Springs. We grabbed a quick snack at the grocery store and headed to the visitors center, chatted with the park rangers about must see spots and the mammals that walk freely.
* Fishing Bridge
As we started our day we headed south to the fishing bridge. At one point this bridge contained countless fisherman fishing along this bridge but due to the native fish taking home near the bridge they no longer allow fishing at fishing bridge (bummer right?)
* Lake Village, Bridge Bay and West Thumb, Grant Village
We actually skipped these areas because it seemed very busy and just alike to the other little towns Yellowstone offers with a grocery, a visitors center and many Elk roaming.
* Old Faithful
So as we headed towards the west gate again to end our second day in Yellowstone we headed to Old Faithful. One tip I can give you is look ahead of time on their website to see when the next time old faithful will erupt. We did not do this and when we parked and walked up Old Faithful had just erupted and we had to wait like 2 hours before we saw it. So while we waited we walked through the visitors center and grabbed lunch at the local grocery. We took our lunch and found a seat. There were plenty of seating available an hour before she erupted right up close but we decided to sit A little ways back on a log we found to allow the kids to run around and burn this last hour until Old Faithful erupted. As the area started to fill up quickly about 30 minutes before it erupted we were in the perfect spot to make a quick escape afterwards due to the massive amount of people and the amount of people who would soon be walking to their cars to leave all at once. Finally it arrived time for Old Faithful to erupt, she erupted 5 minutes after the time (it can erupt within a 20 minute time period, within 10 minutes before the time or within 10 minutes after the time). Of course we soaked in the beauty And history a Old Faithful contains but as soon as she stopped we practically sped walked to the Jeep and got out of there as the crowd was quickly following.
* All of the Geysers
The remainder of our time in Yellowstone contained many geysers. From the Black Sand Basin to the Lower Geyser Basin we stopped at any and all stops in this few mile area. This area did contain a bit of walking but most signs gave you information about that distance and some gave you a shorter option and a bit of a longer option.
This ended our two day excursion through Yellowstone National Park. We will for sure be going back in the near future and we might take another path at that point and hit some of the sights we missed but for this time we had a wonderful time and feel like we really got a good first trip through Yellowstone.