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  • Great Fountain Geyser gives us a blast!
    Great Fountain Geyser gives us a blast!
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  • Elephant Head (also called Cairn Peak)
    Elephant Head (also called Cairn Peak)
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Wyoming Things to Do

  • Geysers/hot springs

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    These two geothermal activities are interconnected. Cistern Spring is a gorgeous blue overflowing pool that deposit as much as a half inch of sinter – opaline silica – Old Faithful deposits that much in a century. The neighboring lodgepole pines show the problem of growing next to hot springs and geysers. Steamboat Geyser is the World’s tallest...

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  • George Washington Memorial Park (Town...

    Jackson Things to Do

    George Washington Memorial Park, often called Town Square, is located at the center of downtown Jackson. The square is usually remembered for its elk antler arches at each corner of the park. Don’t feel embarrassed, go ahead and have your photo taken under one of the arches, most first time tourists do. Remember this is a tourist town, so your pose...

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  • Old Faithful

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    $21 million dollars buys you quite a visitor center. Standing a couple hundred yards away from Old Faithful, the vast lobby windows face the famous geyser. You can learn about geothermal activity and still be in a position to observe Old Faithful in its glory. There is also an interesting “virtual” visitor center where you can learn more about the...

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  • Mammoth Hot Springs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    There is a resident herd of elk that hang out around Mammoth. Remember not to get to close. They are fairly oblivious to the ever-changing crowds of people walking by, content to sit in the shade of a tree while contentedly posing for pictures.

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  • Wildlife

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Yellowstone is as famous for its natural life as it is for its geysers. Traffic jams in the Park are almost always created by animals – someone sees a particular animal and stops on the road to get a picture. Bison are the biggest animals in the Park and they can be seen in herds or as a solitary animal ambling down a road or through a meadow....

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  • Grand Canyon

    5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Lower Falls is the more magnificent of the two great waterfalls here in the Grand Canyon. It is 308 feet high while here, the Upper Falls is 109 feet. Upper Falls is the easier of the two you can walk to. It is just a short walk from the parking lot to the Brink of the Upper Falls. The view from the brink is massive. Waters roar while you simply...

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  • Waterfalls

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    After we checked into the hotel and had lunch, we drove down toward the Grand Teton National Park. We stopped at the Kepler Cascades and I went and took some photos while my grandmother waited in the car. I actually got to see them twice because we stopped here again on the Circle of Fire tour. It is right by the road and there's a wooden overlook...

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  • Morning Glory Pool

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    The Morning Glory Pool is only 1.4 miles from the Old Faithful Visitors Center by way of a partial boardwalk partial paved path. Along the way you will pass many of Yellowstone?s notable geysers like Grotto Geyser and Castle Geyser. Morning Glory Pool is a hot spring and was named in the 1880's for its sapphire color which was similar to the color...

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  • Tower Falls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Seeing so many elk in one place (especially in the middle of the village) was a thrilling treat, but what waited for us on the way to Tower Falls just blew us away. The 24-mile drive takes you along the northern ranges of Yellowstone where you can see lots of geological forces, which helped shape what we see today. Specimen Ridge provides a...

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  • Old Faithful Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Dating to 1903-04, the Old Faithful Inn is the World’s largest log hotel – possibly largest log building, as well. The design is classified as National Park Rustic and it was the first of the great Park hotels that were built. The lobby and the initial guest rooms make up what is known as the Old House. The building faces Old Faithful Geyser from...

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  • Hayden Valley

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Driving from the Canyon Village towards Yellowstone Lake will take you next through Hayden Valley. The scenery mellows in contrast to the wildness of the Grand Canyon. Meadows extend from both sides of the river. A herd of bison was in place while we were driving through. One big bull came up slowly from the meadow floor, munching away until he...

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  • Yellowstone Lake

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    under construction Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation (i.e., more than 7,000 ft.) in North America. It is a natural lake, situated at 7,733 ft. above sea level. It is roughly 20 miles long and 14 miles wide with 141 miles of shoreline. It is frozen nearly half the year. It freezes in late December or early January and thaws in...

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  • Buildings/Vistor Centers

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    Yellowstone is a huge park and so the Park Service has several different visitor's centers distributed throughout the park. Each one is a little different in orientation so you could go to all of them. We went to the one at Old Faithful on our own on the last day - it was still in a trailer then. They have a new building now. We stopped at Grant...

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  • Outside the park

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    It was only 15-minutes later and almost high noon when we came across this huge herd of Mountain Goats – I’d never before seen that many in one place, and apparently none of the many other spectators had either! The 2nd photo shows one that appears to be the leader of the pack, as he was soon to demonstrate when some avid photographers moved a bit...

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  • Roosevelt Arch

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    In the early years of Yellowstone National Park, most visitors entered via the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana. Because the number of visitors entering this way rose even higher following the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad at Gardiner in 1903, it was decided to build a more majestic stone structure for the entrance to this first...

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  • Rivers

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    On the way from West Yellowstone to the Old Faithful Inn, I took a picture of an old fisherman with a Santa Claus beard fishing in the river (photo 3). We stopped at Black Sand Basin on the morning of the third day and there were a lot of fishermen parked there. We parked by one of them and my grandson went to take pictures. I asked them if the...

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  • West Yellowstone

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    We arrived and departed through West Yellowstone because it had the closest airport to the park entrance. I didn't want to drive great distances as the only licensed driver. When we arrived, we picked up the rental car and drove directly to the Old Faithful Inn. After we left the park, we had one night in West Yellowstone and we mostly ate, slept...

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  • Mt. Washburn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    We started out in mid-morning. Reached the top and enjoyed a picnic lunch looking over the park. We noticed clouds to the west, so we started down. Halfway back, it started to snow (few flakes), but the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees F (11 degrees C). It was suddenly cold.

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  • Petrified Trees

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    A short walk near Tower junction are some petrified trees. Cool - trees that are so old they are now rocks (how many years ago were they trees I wonder?). Not insignificant sized trees either. I did an internet search on the petrified trees of Yellowstone, and there are many discussions on the trees. Topics like how is it that they are standing...

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  • Flora

    Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

    The driver guide told us that there were three main kinds of tree (all conifers). The most common is the Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). There are also Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) but they are in the minority. The trees never rot, so they stay standing but dead until something causes them to fall down,...

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    To many people, Yellowstone National Park IS Wyoming. While this is far from the truth, it is a grand park and truly worthy of its status as the first National Park in the US. There is plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy for weeks. Old Faithful brings them in and puts on its hourly show. Photographers vie for the 'perfect' spot, for the...

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  • Wyoming Frontier Prison

    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...

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  • Devil's Tower National Monument

    Devil's Tower was formed underground as molten magma forced itself into sedimenary rock some 50 million years ago. Over millions of years the sedimentary rock eroded exposing the formation. I like the Kiowa explanation better: There were seven sisters and their brother playing in the hills when suddenly the boy starting shaking and running around...

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  • Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is mostly in Montana; but a part of it juts down into North Central Wyoming. There are a variety of things to do in the southern (Wyoming) part of the park. You can go boating on the lake, fish, hike, visit four area historic ranches or just enjoy the spectacular scenery. Also in the same area is the Bighorn...

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  • Fort Bridgers Commanders Quarters

    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...

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  • One of the Mecca’s of surveyors,...

    Riverton, what a strange idea to go there. . . . I did not visit this small very ordinary city located on the shores of the Wind River, in the middle of the Wind River basin; no, I came there for a special visit: the Brunton compass factory. My intention is not at all to make publicity, just tell about compasses and more specifically about the type...

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  • Fort Washakie

    Fort Washakie is named after the Shoshone chief who made peace with the invaders; in other places he would have been called a “collabo”, but, well, he was the weakest and it is difficult to blame this person, as he did what he thought was the best for his people. Would he have been a “resistant”, his name would probably not be attached to the...

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  • GRAND TETONS National Park

    Make an effort to visit SCHWABACHER LANDING spot....Schwabacher's Landing, located inside Grand Teton National Park, is a launch site on the Snake River for photographers ......... Watch for wildlife, as this flat river area is home to moose, elk, deer, antelope, coyote, beaver, otter, eagles and abundant waterfowl. The trail meanders along the...

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  • Fort Bridger

    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,...

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  • Old faithful Greyser

    Old Faithful, certainly the most famous geyser, is joined by numerous others big and small, named and unnamed. Though born of the same water and rock, what is enchanting is how differently they play in the sky.

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  • Devil's Tower

    The spectacular rock formation known as Devils Tower and the surrounding countryside, home to a myriad of plant and animal life, attract visitors from around the world. Climbers test their skills on vertical rock walls. Visitors delight in the beauty of the area and enjoy the activites offered at the monument. American Indians consider the area...

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  • Oxbow Bend - wildlife viewing

    Oxbow Bend is one of my favorite areas of the park.Besides tranquility, it is also one of the most scenic overlooking the entire range of the tetons with Mt. Moran having the starring role.Canoeing, wildlife watching and ranger talks are all popular in this area.Make sure and stay awhile with your binoculars, chances are you will spot moose or...

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  • one of the hikes that started it all for...

    Though I was truly introduced to hiking in New Zealand the previous year, the summer of 1994 was the year I really fell in love with it. Three long day hikes were the cornerstones to my eventually wanting to backpack. One was in Olympic National Park in Washington State, another was in Rocky Mountain National Park and perhaps my favorite was the...

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  • Devil's Tower National Monument

    Devil's Tower National Monument was established in 1906 to protect the monolith aptly called Devil's Tower. This striking sheer rock formation rises dramatically nearly 1300 feet from its surrounding plateau and sits at over 5000 feet above sea level. With the formation being made of dark red sandstone, it would be easy to construe that its name...

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  • Jackson

    As if Grand Teton National Park was not grand enough in its own right, it just so happens to have one of the great National Park gateway towns right on its doorstep: Jackson. Sure, it's touristy and a bit overblown but Jackson is full of not only amenities but also lots of wild west charm even if in a Disney kind of way. As the hub of not only the...

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    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...

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  • Grand Tetons National Park

    The first time you see the Grand Tetons, they look like they will rip through the sky into the heavens above. They are so jagged and sharp looking like a saber-tooth saw-blade carved of stone. Conversely, they are surrounded by such gentle beauty: mirror-like lakes, grassy marches, and rolling hills of dense forest that break out into an arid...

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  • Snowmobiling Is A Must!

    I'm sure most people that visit Jackson Hole, WY in the winter have gone snowmobiling, but if you haven't you must do it! We took several tours with "Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours' and they were all incredible. On the day trip through Yellowstone we saw some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine, not to mention the buffalo, elk and moose...

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    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...

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  • Old Faithful

    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...

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  • Geysers: Fountain Paint Pot Nature...

    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...

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  • Ferris Mansion

    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...

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  • Grand Tetons National Park

    Grand Tetons National Park is well known as a spectacular landscape with beautiful mountains, calm lakes, and a variety of wildlife. The park is named after the Grand Teton Mountains which tower some 13,770 feet over the surrounding glacial lakes and plains. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including grizzly and black bear, mountain lion,...

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  • Register Cliff

    As I mentioned in the introduction to Wyoming, Register Cliff along the Platte River is a special spot - a real piece of not just Oregon Trail history but American history as a whole. To take time out from such a dangerous journey to make a mark, to say, Hey, I want to be remembered in case I don't make it to the coast, is a somber thought. These...

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  • Oregon Trail Tracks

    I talk about this in my introduction to Wyoming but I wanted to mention a little more about how to get to it exactly because it is a great site - such a unique piece of American history! There are several to see along with a plaque explaining exactly what you're looking at. A visit here and to Register Cliff is easy to do as a day trip from...

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