One of our last stops on our epic roadtrip was Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. We spent our 5 days here hiking, fishing and exploring one of the most famous National Parks in the world.
Yellowstone can be very busy during the summer months so we recommend making campground reservations, even the first come first serve campgrounds fill up everyday around 8am. (We really recommend coming here in the off season!)
Yellowstone National Park has 50 mammal species, 311 bird species, 18 fish species, 6 reptile species, 4 amphibian species, and 5 endangered species. It also has the largest concentration of free roaming wildlife in all of the lower 48 states.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, you could feel the rumble of the waterfall from all around. We snuck over a barrier and got a birds eye view looking at the water flowing over the ledge, mother nature at work!
We camped at a few different campgrounds during our stay here but the Madison campground was our favorite because the Madison river was only a few steps away, perfect for some sunset fishing.
Grand Prismatic Spring pumps out over 4,000 gallons of boiling water every single minute, making it the largest hot springs in North America.
On our hike to Fairy Falls we climbed up the side of the mountain and were rewarded with this stunning view of the Grand Prismatic Spring from above. If we have any advice, its hike up this view, its ridiculously cool. You will not see signs for this, just go up!
A fun and easy hike we recommend is the hike to Fairy Falls. Once you reach the falls continue on the trail towards the Imperial Geyser. As we approached this geyser we saw it erupt from the distance, we ran as fast as we could to see it; but we were too late. Little did we know this geyser erupts every few minutes! We had this geyser all to ourselves. After squeezing in with thousands of people to see Old Faithful, we felt lucky to be the only ones around, we stayed here for a half hour and saw it erupt over and over.
When visiting Old Faithful, (which erupts every 90 minutes) pop into the Old Faithful Inn and check out the amazing wooden architechture in the lobby.
The best fishing we did in Yellowstone was on the Lamar River. Good friends and good times.
Yellowstone has about 300 active geysers and about 10,000 thermal features. The Mammoth Hot Springs are some of the largest in the park.
Bye Yellowstone, see you again, but next time in winter.