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Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole
"Upon leaving your hotel in Jackson Hole you will stop at Big Thumb by Yellowstone Lake.  The magma underneath Yellowstone park heats rain water and melting snow at about 8 miles below the earth surface. The water finds its way back to the surface of the earth in the form of mud volcano fumarole warm and hot springs. Your tour route will lead you to Hayden Valley home to wolves Grizzlies
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Self Guided Driving Tour from Jackson Hole
"Your self-guided tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop will be emailed to you and you can print it in your hotel or at home or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded you can access it offline on your phone or iPad and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time so you can refer to it as many times as you wish.Your tour route is designed by an expert guide
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Self-Guided Tour from West Yellowstone
"Your self-guided tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop will be sent via email so you can print it at your hotel or at home or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded you can access it offline on your phone or iPad and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time so you can refer to it as often as you wish.The route will lead you to the Grand Prismatic Spring Old Faithful
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Elk in Yellowstone

Elk are the most plentiful large animal in Yellowstone with some 30,000 in the summer and 15 to 20,000 in the winter. Adult bull elk weigh about 700 pounds with large antlers having 6-8 points per side; cows weigh around 500 pounds. While elk inhabit the the entire park in the summer, the winter weather is harsh in the south, so elk move to the lower elevations in the park's north or out of the park.

We saw perhaps 30 or 40 elk in Yellowstone. There were several individual bulls and cows just north of Old Faithful, and near Gardiner, MT, we saw a couple of nice herds, each with another 15 or 20 animals.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 16, 2008

Coyotes in Yellowstone

From 1910 to 1930 wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone; coyotes were also target, but they were able to survive. For years coyotes were the largest predator in the park, but with the reintroduction of the wolf in the 1990s, coyotes not only have competitors for food, but wolves actually kill a handful of coyotes each year. In Yellowstone coyotes are most common around the Madison, Firehole and Gibbon rivers.

During our visit to Yellowstone in Oct 2008 we saw a coyote nearby the road. He seemed to want to cross, but there were many people in his path, so he sat and patiently waited until some of the cars left, then he hopped up and over the road, and back down the other side. He pursued a crow for a few minutes, but seemed to decide the healthy bird was too much trouble, so the coyote moved off to the west.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 05, 2008

Bison in Yellowstone

Yellowstone has about 4,000 free ranging bison, just a tiny fraction of the 150,000 bison on private and public lands across the US. Buffalo have lived in Yellowstone for centuries, but in 1902 the herd was reduced to just 23 animals due to over-hunting and poaching. That same year another 21 bison were brought in from private ranches to help sustain the herd, which then slowly grew throughout the century.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 05, 2008

Fort Yellowstone

There were park rangers standing off to the side of the elk that were laying around Fort Yellowstone. They were keeping an eye on the tourists and apparently the elk that were around this area. Listen carefully and you will hear the elk's call. You can't miss it!

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807Wheaton
May 19, 2008
 
 
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Bear Safety

when going through back country trails,you should always whistle and/or clap so that bears know you are coming.if a bear follows you,he is just seeing what you will do and if you run away,there is a 95% chance that he will attack and kill you (bears run about up to 30 miles per hour) so dont run away! also,if a bear charges at you,roll up in a ball on the ground,and try to pull out some bear or pepper spray,and spray in the bears eyes.(you NEED to have bear spray while going to yellowstone NO MATTER WHAT.you also need it if your going to a place with bears roaming around free.) another tip:bears go and try to attack the smaller person or animal before the larger ones.

yellowstone_is_best
Jul 20, 2007

Stay at least three days - and drive slowly

When we left Great Fountain Geyser, we drove up toward West Yellowstone.
Frequent sightings of Elk are usually the first wildlife to see. We also waited for some bison to move on off the road. When we were crawling around a curve of rock, two deer bounded out in front of us. We stopped to let them cross, and noticed several more, including very young deer coming down the rocky slope to cross over the road. We only had one time that we thought we might see a moose - it was hidden in a grove of trees, and never did come out.
The longer you stay here the greater your chance of seeing wildlife.

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807Wheaton
Jul 10, 2007

Wildlife Close Encounter

In Yellowstones, we found out for the first time the excitement in close encounter with a black bear. While cruising on the park road, we saw 6 to 7 cars parked on the side of the road. Experience gain from past few days told us that there must be some kind of wildlife viewing going on. We immediately parked the car and rushed toward the crowd standing by the river side. Following the direction where everyone was pointing, we saw a black bear in the water just 50 feet away. It looked like it was having a lot of fun playing with white water, letting the current take its chubby body down the stream. At around 100 feet away, this black bear called it quit and came up to the shoreline, strolling leisurely toward the congregation. Everyone rejoiced. Those with telescopic cameras started shooting furociously, retreating with their cannon like equiptment every few steps the black bear advanced. Finally, someone exclaimed "time to get in the car, it is coming too close!" I started sprinting towards the car, but Andy would not move. The black bear got within 2 feet distance of him, these two exchanged look before the black bear moved on. While that was going on, I fumbled with my camera, trying to insert a new memory card since the old one was all used up. Still, no picture recorded :(

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MyHollyDay
Jun 04, 2007

Buffalo Roam

They roam everywhere. From the Madison River Valley, Hayden Valley, to the Northeast Entrance. You'll see buffalo regardless of where you roam. Since the fire of 1987, the forest openings have allowed for the buffalo to spread out and to populate the entire park.

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Toughluck
Mar 23, 2007

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Majestic Buffalo

Naturally, you came here to see the geysers, hotsprings, and wildlife. Well, keep your eyes open and it won't be long before you come across everything you imagined in this park, and perhaps more. So many people look with awe at the largest animal in the park, the buffalo. They are purely vegetarian, (so they won't eat you) but be mindful of keeping your distance, especially if there is a young buffalo about ... they will defend their young!

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TropicGirl77
Aug 29, 2006

All Kinds of Animals

One of the most memorable things about Yellowstone for many visitors is the abundance of wildlife in the park. As it has been protected for over 100 years the wildlife in the area has flourished without humans as predators. You will most certainly see Bison and most likely see Elk.
The many other species range from Coyotes, Wolves, Bighorn Sheep, Bears, Moose, Beavers, Pronghorn, and many different types of birds. As common sense would suggest these animals are wild and should be treated as such. They are not to be treated as pets, many times every year people are attacked by agitated animals. So be careful around them and give them the respect that they deserve.

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GuthrieColin
Feb 10, 2006

Animals.

One of my favorites thing is too watch animals and here you can see lots of bisons and elk herds. Unfortunately some of them look skinny probably due to lack of vegetation during winter. I saw some moose and pronghorn deer but they were too far to be photograph.
Great place to watch animals. I bet it would be great to visit in spring.

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Robdaz
Sep 18, 2005

Wildlife abounds!

Watch for Bison, Elk, Mooses, Coyotes, Bears, Eagles, etc. but heed warnings about these animals. They are not exaclty domesticated and can be dangerous to you. We saw just about all of them while we were out and about. Some of the most incredible natural wildlife I have seen in my life. Go here to find more information about the animals you will see.

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TimDaoust
Apr 15, 2005

Things to Do Near Yellowstone National Park

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Mt. Washburn

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...
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Grand Canyon

Very impressive canyon of the Yellowstone River that runs through the eastern part of the park. It's up to 4,000 feet wide, stretches for 24 miles and 1,200 feet deep at its deepest. It sits just...
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Tower Falls

I really wish they would fix the path to the base of the falls. For now it is not worth walking down the path as it is closed before you can get to the base, and you cannot see the falls from any part...
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Yellowstone Lake

This huge lake is in the southeast part of the park is formed by the inflow of the Yellowstone river. From here you can boat, fish, and swim. Its the largest body of water in the park covering 136 sq...
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Mammoth Hot Springs

In Mammoth the primary rock is limestone. You will see both active and inactive travertine terraces. These terraces are in continual change, old ones become inactive, and inactive ones may once again...
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