National Parks are my favorite travel destinations in America and it has been a dream of mine to visit Yellowstone! When mom and I were planning our trip out west we decided not only to see Yellowstone but also visit Grand Teton National Park and Creators of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Our excursion began on September 5th and we made our way back to the south September 10th. We had a wonderful time!!
Places we stayed:
Old Faithful Inn- Built in 1904, the Inn was full of character with its unique log cabin architecture, massive stone fireplace and a treehouse located inside the lobby.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins- The cabins were a nice size with a lovely front porch and a beautiful mountain view. They were within walking distance to the General Store and Visitor Center.
Lake Lodge and Cabins- These cabins are located in a wooded area and within walking distance to the lodge. We saw several elk grazing not far from our cabin. The view of Yellowstone Lake was an incredible site while eating breakfast.
Sleepy J Cabins in Swan Valley, Idaho- Tucked in a quiet, country setting near the base of Baldy Mountain these cabins were the perfect place to stay. They were located halfway between Yellowstone and Creators of the Moon.
Yellowstone National Park
Artist Point, the most painted/ photographed spot in the whole park
Old Faithful Geyser, a staple of Yellowstone
Lower Terraces in Mammoth Hot Springs
The Arch at north entrance of the park
Shield Spring, one of the many hot springs we saw in the area
[For more details on the pictures below hover over each square.]Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Tetons
Jenny Lake, Mom and I had a delicious picnic at this spot
View from Colter Bay Visitor Center
Mount Moran is the large mountain in the middle
Willow Flats Overlook
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Trail heading up one of the crater ash mounds
On top of the ash mound
Hiking up Inferno Cone, those are cars at the bottom. Mom is standing about 1/4 of the way down. The picture is taken from about halfway up.
View at the top of Inferno Cone
This is one of the trails that led to all the caves
Hardened volcanic ash as far as the eye can see
We had to climb over mounds of rock to reach the end of Indian Tunnel
Opening of the tunnel where we had to climb out
Once we reached the top, we then had to follow iron markers back to the trail
These pretty yellow wild flowers were the only flowers for miles and miles
The overlook outside of Teton Pass, was so majestic we had to stop and take pictures!
Have you ever been to Yellowstone? What was your favorite thing about the park?