Discover Nature’s Beauty And Geothermal Features
Yellowstone National Park became the first national park because of its many dimensions, including geothermal features as well as natural beauty. There’s nothing like seeing the varying degrees of thermal features from ongoing volcanic activity to the scenic canyons, cliffs, and ridges, especially in winter. Visit Old Faithful, for sure, but also take in the dense collection of geysers at Upper Geyser Basin.
There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen in its natural habitat. Some possibilities include bison, elk, deer, pronghorn, eagles, wolves, herons, fox, coyotes, and many more species in the wild. The park’s Lamar Valley, located in the northern region, is called America’s Serengeti because of the great density of wildlife.
Pro Tip: The National Parks Service warns that wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable and dangerous and reminds visitors to keep a safe distance. People are injured each year from not keeping a safe distance from wildlife. Bring binoculars to view wildlife from a distance and read up on our expert tips for safely viewing wildlife in national parks.
Classic Western Experiences In Buffalo Bill Cody’s Cody, Wyoming
This year the town of Cody, named after its founder, Buffalo Bill Cody, celebrates 125 years. Cody is part of Cody Yellowstone, which in addition to Cody, includes the towns of Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
One of the gateways to the park, Cody provides access to two of the park’s five entrances.
Take part in Western experiences at the Cody Nite Rodeo, a dude ranch experience with trail rides and roping lessons, plus chuckwagon dinners.
Where To Stay In Yellowstone National Park
All but two in-park lodging options close for the winter. If you visit between May and October, you might be lucky enough to stay at Old Faithful Inn, built in 1903-1904, and considered the largest log structure in the world. Note that Old Faithful Inn has the most requested lodging in the park.
For a winter stay, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins is also open. Built in 1936, the hotel is located at the North entrance to the park by the former Fort Yellowstone buildings. Renovated in 2019, you’ll find luxury accommodations in the rustic park.
Pro Tip: To see more of this wilderness territory, consider taking a guided tour of Yellowstone. With so many dimensions, it’s hard to know where to start, and a knowledgeable guide can help you better see and understand the park. An interesting winter tour is the Winter Wolf Discovery Package.