Yellowstone National Park 3

Yellowstone National Park is truly a magical place. The park was established in 1872 as our nation’s first national park. Consisting of 3,472 square miles and situated on 2,221,766 acres, Yellowstone is located in Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%). Yellowstone has the worlds largest collection of geysers with approximately 300 and over 10,000 thermal features.

We drove about 100 miles per day in search of wildlife and flora. I hope you enjoy this short post of the written word to enjoy the beauty that I have desperately tried to capture with my lens. Feel free to ask me any questions about what you see or would like to learn about a trip to Yellowstone. If you haven’t been ~ it’s a must experience “Bucket List” destination.

Bison are plentiful in Yellowstone and can be viewed throughout the park especially in the Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley.

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I spotted this coyote near Blacktail Pond heading towards Mammoth Hot Springs

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Early morning in the Hayden Valley just past sunrise along the Yellowstone River

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Grizzly Boar I followed for a couple of hours along the Yellowstone River near Steamboat Point. This image was taken at dusk and there was no light to speak of. Sometimes I find it’s not about a photograph,. Sometimes you just have to soak in the experience and that is what I did while viewing this amazing mammal.

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Pronghorn Buck in the Lamar Valley just past Slough Creek

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Early evening and sunset along the Yellowstone Lake near Mary Bay

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Otis having the time of his life in the Yellowstone Lake with a stick. He was in dog heaven!

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One of my favorite spots is Lake Butte Overlook. An über peaceful spot to catch a glorious sunset and gaze over the Yellowstone Lake and valley below.

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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park & Fishing Bridge RV Park 8

My mother always said, the older you get the faster times goes. Well Mom, you were right. I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post. My sincerest apologies are in order for being remiss in sharing my travels and adventures since the summer. Lots of great stories and images to share. So, here goes. I spent a week in Yellowstone followed by a glorious month in Jackson Hole at the end of August till the end of September. I”ll be posting about Jackson Hole soon, promise!!

We decided to make the trip from Denver to Yellowstone in one day. It’s a long haul especially while towing and traveling with a doggie companion. But, Otis is quite the traveler. No complaints from him. After all, we were “going” somewhere and that is all he cares about.

With construction in several locations in Wyoming which killed our time, it took us 12 hours to finally get to Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone. But, along the way somewhere between Rawlins and Dubois, Wyoming I pulled over to admire the sky. Of course, also had to drag the ‘ol camera out and snap just a few shots.

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Outside of Dubois, Wyoming I grabbed these shots of my Big “B” (Beatrice) and the vast Wyoming landscape and sky.

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We drove through Grand Teton National Park via Moran Junction into Yellowstone National Park and stopped for some quick shots at the entrance and again at the Yellowstone Lake.

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Yellowstone is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48’s. There are approximately 60 species of mammals in the park. As we were crossing the actual Fishing Bridge I was ebullient to share the road with a herd of Bison.

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Fishing Bridge RV Park ~ Yellowstone National Park. This was our second stay at Fishing Bridge and I would highly recommend it if you prefer full-hook ups, clean showers, laundry and other amenities. The sites are quite tight but, once you’re in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by luscious flora including lodgepole pines. It’s über important to follow the guidelines of the campground due to Grizzly Bears in the area and in the campground. There were Grizz in Loop A during our visit and herds of Bison would stroll through the campground daily. I loved our site #D-138 as it was an end spot in the middle of the loop. I was also very impressed that Yellowstone abides by strict recycling standards making it super easy for everyone to do their part and partake in recycling while camping.

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Fishing Bridge offers the convenience of a General Store which has a grocery store and a diner. Auto repair, gas and propane are also provided all within walking distance from the campground.

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Stellar sunrise at the Fishing Bridge

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Yours truly, Otis and my Big “B” settling in after a long 12 hour journey for a week of exploring the park and some well deserved R&R. After all, there is no cell service, internet or television at Fishing Bridge. I got a bit of cell service near the Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. So, be prepared to let go of it all and just enjoy the beauty that the park has to offer. What a gift this and all National Parks are to us all.

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Photo Source: © 2013 Copyright Anna Sullivan Photography, All Rights Reserved

Glamping In Yellowstone Reply

Howdie, y’all ~ I know it’s been awhile but, I’ve been traveling and trying to gather up as much info and photos that one lady can muster. This is a quickie post but, informative information for all who might be interested in Glamping in Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park! Now, keep in mind, some of the campsites below are far from Glamping sites but, your Glamper will be OK “dry camping” for a couple of days, if need be. Below is a list of the campsites and some info about each:

Mammoth: Open all year, Rate: $14, Sites: 85, Elev (ft): 6,200, Features: Accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, RV sites: Most are pull-through

Madison: Open: 5/4-10/21, Rate: $20.50, Sites: 278, Elev: 6,800, Features:  Accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, Dump station, RV sites: Call for availability and reservations

Fishing Bridge: Open: 5/11-9/23, Rate: $45.00, Sites: 346, Elev: 7,800, Features: Flush toilets, Pay showers/laundry on-site, Two showers included each night, Dump station, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, RV sites: Call for availability and reservations

Norris: Open: 5/18-9-24, Rate: $14.00, Sites: >100, Elev: 7,500, Features: Accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, RV sites: 2 @ 50′ (signed) – 5 @ 30′

Tower Fall: Open: 5/18-9/21, Rate: $12.00, Sites: 31, Elev: 6,600, Features: Vault toilets, RV sites: All @ 30′ or less – Has hairpin curve

Bridge Bay: Open: 5/25-9/9, Rate: $20.50, Sites: 432, Elev: 7,800, Features: Accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Dump station, Generators okay 8 am to 8pm, RV sites: Call for availability and reservations

Canyon: Open: 6/1-9/3, Rate: $25.00, Sites: 273, Elev: 7,900, Features: accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Pay showers/laundry on site, Two showers included each night, Dump station, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, RV sites: Call for availability and reservations

Indian Creek: Open: 6/8-9/4, Rate: $12.00, Sites: 75, Elev: 7,300, Features: Accessible sites available, Vault toilets, RV sites: 10 @ 35′ – 35 @ 30′ – Pull-through

Pebble Creek: Open: 6/15-9/24, Rate: $12.00, Sites: 27, Elev: 6,900, Features: Vault toilets, RV sites: Some long pull-throughs

Slough Creek: Open: 6/15-10/31, Rate: $12.00, Sites 23, Elev: 6,250, Features: Vault toilets, RV sites: 14 @ 30′ – walk first to access sites

Lewis Lake: Open: 6/15-11/4, Rate: $12.00, Sites: 85, Elev: 7,800, Features: Vault toilets, RV sites: All at 25′ or less

Grant Village: Open: 6/21-9/23, Rate: $25.00, Sites: 430, Elev: 7,800, Features: Accessible sites available, Flush toilets, Pay showers/laundry on site, Two showers included each night, Dump station, Generators okay 8 am to 8 pm, RV sites: Call for availability and reservations

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography