- By John
- On Oct 23, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
The one mistake that many people make, myself included, is not giving themselves enough time to experience the park. You can see quite a few of the highlights in a couple of days if you are staying in or near the park. Or take the West Yellowstone bus tours to look around is a wise choose for first traveler.
Somethings you need to know during your Yellowstone Travel
I’d also recommend buying some bear spray at one of the visitor centers before heading out on any hikes, especially if you are heading into backcountry. These signs along the rim hike at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone made us a little nervous and I kept my bear spray handy.
Understand that everyone can get geothermal feature fatigue. Don’t plan on visiting multiple geyser basins in one day or they will start to be less interesting. Instead, break it up with a visit to a geothermal feature combined with a hike or a drive through Hayden’s Valley to view some wildlife.
The best wildlife viewing is going to be in the early morning or closer to dusk. Just keep in mind that you don’t really want to drive through Yellowstone at night. There are many parts with narrow, winding roads and you never know what might be standing in the middle of the dark road.
When visiting Old Faithful, there are multiple buildings and a huge parking lot so it can be confusing at first to figure out where to go. When you pull into the lot, Old Faithful will likely be on the left hand side. If you head into the Visitor Center, you can find out when the next predicted eruption will be. However, if you walk up and see huge crowds around the geyser area, chances are it will be soon so you might want to head right over and ask someone.