Many of the developed areas have evening ranger led talks about various topics within the park. Inquire at the visitor centers, and check the bulletin boards at the information areas and campgrounds. Often in the summer months, departing from Canyon Lodge there is a Twilight Shadows Excursion where you are taken out on a drive as the sun is setting, stops will be made along the way for wildlife viewing. Another sunset tour aboard the 1937 park touring bus leaves from Lake Hotel. If you love to gaze at the stars, and have a telescope, bring it along with you. When the stars come out on a clear night you will have as close of a view as you can imagine. If you are in the Old Faithful area during a full moon, take a stroll along some of the geysers, which will seem magical in a completely different way. Or you may just choose to relax in one of the guest lounges found with in the various hotels and lodges. In the Old Faithful Inn lobby you will find piano music being played on one of the balconies. Find a seat around the fire place or in the balcony, and sit back and relax. If you are camping, build a campfire, enjoy your companions, and listen for night sounds. I recommend, however, that you do not drive the park roads at night. Wildlife are even harder to see, and many are killed each year as vehicles strike them at night. If you must to be out on park roads after dark, drive even slower than the posted park speed limit.
The first time we saw Old faithful erupt was at about 10pm after we had eaten dinner in the Old Faithful Dining Room at the Inn right near by. (Reservations are necessary to eat here. There are no Old Faithful views unfortunately). There were only a very few people about waiting on the benches. One guy was planning on waiting all night. He wanted to take a shot of Old Faithful with the full moon in the background. Wonderful idea, I was far too tired for that and it would have taken a few more eruptions before the moon would have been in the correct position. We had about an hour or so to wait and I was chilly. While Lou fiddled with camera settings. I wandered over to the Snow Lodge where I picked up some tea and hot cocoa for us, as well as some socks (it was chilly and I had sandals on) in the gift shop. When I got back we hunkered sown for the wait. We picked out constellations in the perfectly clear sky/ The big dipper was hovering right over the geyser. When Old Faithful finally blew, many of the people watching shined there flashlights on the spewing water. Lou took some great night shots.
Dress Code: Dress warm it can get cold at night.
Dress Code: Chico is a rustic, western hot springs resort about 30 miles north of Gardiner, Montana and Yellowstone Park nestled between gorgeous mountains. Chico has two open-air hot springs pools that are much like swimming pools, minus the chlorine. The small pool averages 104 degrees, and the large one averages 96 degrees. Hours are 6 a.m. - midnight. The pools are free for guests staying at their accomodations, and are available for an inexpensive fee to non-guests. There's a window from the bar to the outside pools, so that you can order drinks while soaking. On the weekend, bands play inside the pub and there's no cover charge. Try to cach the rock and roll and cover band, The Max. Great fun!
The Park Rangers give almost nightly talks on the park and it's inhabitants. Ususally at dust which in our case, late August, was at or about 9Pm.
Dress Code: Dress warm.