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    Old Faithful

    by Astrobuck Written Nov 4, 2004

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    This is a geyser that is dubbed "old Faithful." The reason being, is that it used to shoot up on the hour, every hour. This has been documented since the 1800's. Unfortunately, due to the geological instabillity of the area, it has been off by a few minutes.

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    The Grand Tetons

    by Astrobuck Written Oct 30, 2004

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    Very unusual and interesting mountain range. Located on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park, this place is a hikers/rock climbers dream. Be sure you read up on the local safety rules and regulations before you try it.

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    Fort Bridger

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fort Bridger began as a simple trading post established by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843 to service the emigrants as a supply stop along the Oregon Trail. It was obtained by the Mormons in the early 1850's and then became a military outpost in 1858. It very location was essential to the western expansions of mountain men, Indians, emigrants, Pony Express, overland stage, the Union, and the U.S. Army.

    It remained U.S. government property until 1890. It was later abondon and many of the buildings where sold and moved off. Then in 1933 is was dedicated as a historical landmark and museum.

    Site Grounds open year-round 8 a.m. to sunset, daily.

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

    Bridger-Vasquez Co. 1840s Trading Post
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    Old Faithful

    by Yaqui Written Jul 18, 2009

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    Old Faithful erupts more frequently than any of the other big geyser. It eruptions is about 91 minutes . An eruption may lasts 1 1/2 to 5 minutes and expels at least 3,700 - 8,400 gallons of boiling water and reaches heights of 106 - 184 feet. Named being consistent performance by the 1870 Washburn Expedition. It's average interval has lengthened through the years (due to earthquakes and vandalism), Old Faithful is still as spectacular and predictable as it was a century ago and everyone who comes to see Yellowstone park should seek out Old Faithful:-)

    We were lucky because their weren't a lot of people during this visit. I think it was because we visited not soon have the horrendous 1988 fire season and people thought the park hadn't recovered. Nature is amazing and life did return not soon after that.

    P.O. Box 168
    Yellowstone National Park, WY
    82190-0168

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    Yellowstone National Park

    by Yaqui Written Jul 18, 2009

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    Yellowstone is a national treasure of nature's most wondrous beauty. It has an abundance of wildlife and the gifts that Mother Nature as bestowed us. Since the natural catastrophic volcanic eruptions that have occurred here over 600,000 years ago. The most spectacular formations have been created because of these eruptions that the magmatic heat powering them still powers the park's famous geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots. The grandeur of the canyons are a testimony to natures desire to bloom and grace us with the gifts. Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the world's first national park.

    This is Yellowstone Lake that encompasses 132 square miles 20 miles long 14 miles wide with 141 miles of shoreline....Wow.....and one of the largest lakes in North Amercia. I am so happy I took a picture of it.

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    Yellowstone National Park, WY
    82190-0168

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    Fort Bridgers Commanders Quarters

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One interesting fact is the Commanders quarters, which is a lovely Victorian, was sold and moved off the property during the dark times of abandonment. The individual who bought this huge home, disassembled it and stored it. Do you believe that? So when it came time the historical society looking to buy back the original buildings it was gladley donated back to the park and reassembled at its original site.

    They have tours of this wonderful building now.

    Open year around 8 a.m. to sunset, daily

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    Wyoming Frontier Prison

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    We had stopped here since it was my things to do while on the way home from South Dakota. We were invited in by some really nice biker folks who were attending some fund raiser that was taking place at the prison. We were able to wonder around for quite some time. We finally felt it was time to set out to find a place to stay for the night. Yet, it was fascinating to see something so historical up close and was able to hear some the tour guides share their knowledge of the prison. Sadley I didn't take any pictures because I never seemed to buy enough film, but I had picked up a brochure.

    The museum is within the Prison, is free, but the tour is not.

    Built to replace the territorial prison in Laramie, Called the “Old Pen” and operated from 1901 to 1981.

    Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum

    HOURS:
    April to October, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, 7 days a week
    November to March, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mon - Fri

    ADMISSION:
    Museum is Free

    Guided tours of the prison cost $4.25 for adults
    $3.75 for seniors and children.
    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, tours are offered every hour on the half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.
    Tour schedule is scaled back from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Call for specific times.

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    Snowy Range

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    West of Laramie and east of the upper valley of the North Platte are the Medicine Bow Mountains, better known by their local name, the Snowy Range. 10 foot high drifts are not uncommon in the winter and can remain until late summer. There is wilderness galore contianed within the range but most people stay on the National Scenic Byway, WYO 130 (40 miles) which crosses the range via the Snowy Range Pass - the second highest road pass in the state at 10847 feet high - it is closed from late October til June. There is a ski area on the eastern end- think University of Wyoming ski team here - and the range is very popular with snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.

    At the summit of the pass, a viewing platform lets you take in the Libby Flats, the massif of Medicine Bow Peak and the valleys to the east and west of the range. Mirror Lake and Lake Marie offer grand phtoto opportunities with dark blue waters and steep mountain cliffs.

    Lots of campsites exist in the area. One popular trail - the 3 mile long Medicine Bow Peak trail climbs 1600 feet to the 12013 foot top - highest in southern Wyoming - and fantastic longranging vistas.

    Cliffs of Medicine Bow Peak loom over Lake Marie
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    Yellowstone National Park

    by Astrobuck Written Jan 4, 2005

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    The first National Park, and the largest at that. There is so much to see and do here, it is advisable to find a place within the park to sleep and explore the next day. It will take you at least 2 days to see everything. This picture is the hot springs emptying into the Snake River.

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    Ferris Mansion

    by Yaqui Written Jul 18, 2009

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    The beautiful Queen Anne Victorian was built 1903 and owned by Mrs. Ferris until her death in 1931. Mrs. Ferris was the widow of George Ferris, who was a hotel developer and involved in mining and sheepherding. He died from a buggy accident. Mrs. Ferris lived in the mansion until her death in 1931. It fell into disrepair and was apartments for some time. It has been beautifully restored, and serves as a lovely Bed & Breakfast. It’s said to be haunted by Mrs. Ferris younger son who died from a gun accident. So very sad!

    It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Rawlins Chamber of Commerce
    519 W. Cedar St.
    P.O. Box 1331, Rawlins, WY 82301

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    Geysers: Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trails

    by Yaqui Written Jul 18, 2009

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    This was a really neat experience. It was really cool to be so close and actually feel the warmth given off from the pools. Some bubbled water into steam, while other were bubbling pools of mudd. It had a really neat wood board walk that you can walk complete around and view all the different pools of steam. The mud consist of clay minerals and silica. I will warn you it smells a little bit like rotten eggs in some areas.

    A lady was trying to convince her little boy not to hurl, but to his dismay he did. She was so angry at him, but others around assured her it was ok and everyone understood. So she calmed down after that. I have to admit I chuckled because she like, "Don't you do that...don't you do that and all of sudden.........ralphhhhhhhh!" Kids, gotta love them to death!

    P.O. Box 168
    Yellowstone National Park, WY
    82190-0168

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    Hiking in the Tetons

    by mtncorg Written May 25, 2003

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    The Teton Range is only some 20-30 miles long. It does get high quickly and the mountains do look like mountains should, jagged, steep, alpine. Most people see the mountains from the roads or from along the lakes to the east. Morning light is best for these people's pictures. Some might say that the people on the roads get the best views of the mountains, hikers wander up deep canyons getting almost too close, too initimate with the mountains they are visiting.

    Those 'some' would be wrong. there is a magic trail, that is somewhat less-known. Most hikers will push up Cascade Canyon from the east. It is a pretty hike, but lots of people and the views don't come close to the other trail. That trail is the Table Mountain trail - supposedly one of the 'best 50 trails in the US' according to Backpacker Magazine, but that is a somewhat misleading article in that they try and place a trail per state in their top 50. So, Table Mountain would be the equivalent of the top trail in Michigan or even New Hampshire. That would not be true, but my object would not be to get too many people on the trail, for selfish reasons. I would want this trail all to myself.

    The trail is about 12 miles roundtrip and you access the trail from Driggs, Idaho, about 30 miles from Jackson, Wyoming. At the one traffic light you turn east, toward the ski area of Grand Targhee and drive several miles until you see the turnoff for Table Mountain. The trail winds up, through meadows and winds up atop Table Mountain, which is straight across - maybe one air mile - from the Grand. Cascade Canyon lies 2000 feet below you. You get a very intimate, but very detailed look at the entire Teton Range - from the west. Best pictures for hikers of this trail is in the afternoon. It is truly magic up there, you might not want to come down :-0

    Grand Teton above Cascade Canyon from Table Mtn
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    The 'Grand' Teton is Grande!!

    by mtncorg Written May 25, 2003

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    It is amazing how empty most of Wyoming is if all you see is Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks. But these parks are truly amazing places. The geothermal activity and the wildlife of Yellowstone is worthy of the large crowds. For the casual driving tourist, Grand Teton might be even more spectacular. You don't even have to get out of your car as you drive along the shores of Jackson Lake, gazing at the jagged peaks on the other side, or pull off on one of the large turnoffs along the JD Rockefeller Highway (US routes 26,89 and 181 combined!!) and try to take a picture that looks like one of the classic shots: the Grand in the background, rising high above the flats of the upper Jackson Hole with the Snake River in the foreground.

    You could even get closer to the mountains by taking the Teton Park road, which even saves you a couple of miles when you are driving hard - either north or south, there is no east or west across the Teton Range. But you won't be able to cruise at 75 mph:-\ A quick aside, as a child, my father took the family through Yellowstone and Teton parks on part of our vacation. We had started the day Livingstone, Montana, and we drove through both parks in one day, stopping that evening in Jackson, Wyoming. We did get out of the car, briefly, at Mammoth Hot Springs (they were much more active and spectacular then), and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; we saw the obligatory bear by the side of the road; witnessed an eruption of Old Faithful; we had a great late afternoon view across to the Tetons as we cruised through the July heat. I can honestly say ...... take more than a day to see this stuff!

    Closer to the mountains is the Park centrale. Along the shores of Jenny Lake, you will find the Visitors Center, the main campgrounds, the busiest trails. Even with all of the people, the mountains stand apart in their grandeur. Waiting for you to experience them closer. No cheering crowds here when the geyser erupts. You will have to drive another hour north for that.

    The Grand Tetons from the Park Road
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    Buffalo Bill Cody

    by mrclay2000 Written Mar 4, 2003

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    Though Buffalo Bill has associations throughout the west, including a museum in Gothenburg, Nebraska, he has a town named after him in Wyoming (Cody) where there is a better-known museum dedicated to his career. The Buffalo Bill Reservoir just west of town is not very scenic by mountain standards, but the arid setting is lucky to have any moisture on the ground other than the snow on local peaks. Located about an hour's drive away from the east, Cody is a good jump-off point for Yellowstone National Park.

    outside Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, Wyoming
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    Yellowstone National Park

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    Yellowstone National Park means different things to different people. As the world's first national park it has an unchallenged pedigree. As a mass of land larger than some countries, it represents many terrains, much of its gentle beauty echoing its Native American roots. As home to a diversity of wildlife not easily viewed elsewhere in North America, it takes on a game park mentality for many of its visitors. Below its surface sprouting into the air for hundreds of feet, Geothermic energy abounds. Whatever your reason for coming to Yellowstone National Park, it is unlikely you will be disappointed. It is the rare park that delivers dreams to a diverse group of devotees, each very much contingent on preconceived ideas and the very vision of what a national park is. For it is the concept of Yellowstone as such that invented this very idea. An idea that many hold close to their hearts and come to see first hand rather than as figments of their imaginations. Experience colors unworldly, hear the howl of the lone wolf or bubbling mud, feel the rumble of buffalo shake the ground on which you stand, and breathe deeply fumes of sulfur or air so pure it pierces your soul. Remember how special our planet is and why it is our duty to preserve it, the very idea of what a national park is, the very idea of Yellowstone.

    Morning Glory Pool at Yellowstone
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