Yellowstone National Park
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  • K B
    Lafayette, California452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing place
    We spent a week at Yellowstone and barely scratched the surface. It is a truly amazing place with a gazillion choices of things to do. We concentrated on thermal features and wildlife viewing and were not disappointed. There are so many places to go and so many things to do that you could literally spend years and not see it all.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • 497dave
    Albuquerque, New Mexico71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    one new impressive view after another.
    A trip to Yellowstone will move you in ways you never expected. Every new feature is just as awe inspiring as the one before. Plan for at least one week, but more time allows you fully immerse yourself in this place unlike anywhere else on our planet.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many parks inside the Park. June 22-25, 2023
    We spent 4 days in Yellowstone before the heavy Summer crowds arrived. There were still traffic situations caused by wildlife making their daily commutes. There was ample parking (except on Friday at Norris Springs, but Saturday the lot was only half full) and many different things to visit in the park. Food and bathrooms (sometimes primitive) were readily available, and our lunchtime picnics were welcome since we were averaging 20,000 steps/day with all our 'hiking'. Most walks had little elevation change, and were wooden or paved. Old Faithful was outshined by a geyser behind it and to the right that goes off randomly every 22 hours to 3 days, but we hit it at just the right time. It was spectacular and you were so close to it that you could get soaked ! We saw Elk, Bison, a fox on the hunt, and a Grizzly Mama and her two cubs playing with each other. The Lifetime Senior National Parks Pass saved us the $35 entrance fee at both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • SeniorTravelerTF
    1,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It lives up to its billing, but plan ahead.
    Yellowstone is one of a kind. There are the geysers in the south, the fumeroles and mudpots at Norris, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in the middle, and the cascade and wildlife valleys of the north. And it all takes time. The space is so vast that you really need to prioritize what you want to see, so know going in. And allow for 2-3 times the travel time between the sites in the park even though the distances don't seem vast because traffic and wildlife sightings/jams and construction (in the summer) are guaranteed.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Rehoboth5
    Helena, Montana497 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A national treasure, but in the summer, crowds can be a problem at some sites
    We live in Montana, and try to visit Yellowstone once a year. We never get tired of it, even though we've been visiting since 1967. The thermal areas, the wildlife, the canyons, the rivers, the historic buildings. However, in the summer the most popular sites in Yellowstone get crowded and a certain percentage of visitors are rude and violate the laws. So here are some "locals tips": First, stay inside the park if you can. The "gateway communities' are nowhere as pleasant or authentic as the park itself. Second, get to the popular sites (like Old Faithful or Norris Geyser Basin) early in the morning (like before 8 am) to avoid the worst crowds. Third, take a hike. Even on the craziest, most crowded summer weekends, the backcountry tends to be peaceful, with plenty of elbow room. And finally, read up on park regulations and follow them. If you are looking for a low-key place to eat and/or stay, try Roosevelt Lodge. Unfortunately, some lodging within the park books up almost a year in advance!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Ken F
    High Point, North Carolina186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National wonder!
    Amazing experience. Go early (7:00) for the best access and be prepared to spend time gawking! A lot of visitors and early is better if you go to Old Faithful. Check times at the ranger station and plan accordingly. Do see the prismatic springs and mammoth hot springs. Take time to visit the Old Faithful Inn, it is remarkable. You ca go later in the day and have less traffic if you want to go toward the Lamar Valley. Bo prepared for traffic stops allowing Bison to cross or for photos of bears! Saw brown, grizzly, and black bears. Pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Go to Gibbons falls and the south rim drive to Lookout point, and canyon village. So much to see and way too much area to cover. It will require another trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite National Park
    We spent 3 days in Yellowstone and saw maybe 1/16 of the park! We went to old faithful and even though we had to wait an hour for the eruption which lasted 5 minutes, it was still worth it! We went to Gibbon Falls which are just gorgeous. The Grand Prism geysers are just beautiful! Even if you go early, you can’t avoid the crowds in June. The best part of our visit we’re all the animals we saw. A bison just walked beside the road. We saw three wolves a little back from the road. Plus a mama grizzly and her two cubs! Yellowstone is our favorite park!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We entered the Park, three days after the east entrance first opened for the season; and entered again 4 days later, on the first day the south entrance had its delayed opening due to a late snow fall. Though high snow drifts often obstructed viewing, the roads were quite clear; except for a couple stretches in the higher elevations. Overall traffic was fairly light, excluding some of the obvious exceptions like Old Faithful; though even there, it was quite manageable, and nothing like it apparently becomes a few weeks later. The most fascinating aspect, for us, was seeing the Park emerging from winter; and preparing for the seasonal onslaught. A thousand other reviews have used all the words: amazing, incredible, grand, magnificent, awe-inspiring, etc. over and over. And, all of them, and more, apply. And, all of them, are insufficient. This iconic national treasure needs to be experienced, to truly understand its impact. If one's time here is limited, realistic planning and goals are essential. If one has the opportunity, however, it can be rewarding allowing some time, to let the Park take one where it will. We look forward to returning in the fall; when the crowds have lessened again, and the Park begins settling in for the winter.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Christine C
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unreal sites. Old faithful and Yellowstone Lake are a must see!
    It was like being in a movie, everything is so beautiful it doesn't seem real. We came in the east entrance and made as many stops as possible. We stopped for geysers, animals, waterfalls, and yellowstone Lake (which by the way is a site). We got there around 8am, which for us is key since we don't love crowds. Going early gives you the ability to pull over and stop for photo ops safely, and when there is a parking lot there are actually open spots. After making as many stops as we could we made our way to the upper basin to see Old Faithul. We got there 10 minutes before it erupted, and wow what a show! Again getting there early is key. After viewing old faithful we walked around the walkways there, where we saw some of the most amazing geysers. If you have the time do as many of the walk ways as you can. After site seeing we went to the Cafe and gift store (we avoided the gift store closest to the parking lot as there was a line to get in) and got some souvenirs and drinks. The souvenirs are somewhat pricey, but the drinks and snacks from the Cafe are affordable. On our way out to the west entrance we saw the opposite traffic was lined up jammed for miles, so again DONT go late if you can avoid it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • escapewhenIcan
    72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South side of park undergoing road construction, plan accordingly
    Road south from Biscut Basin to Yellowstone Lake is undergoing repaving. Only one lane road so if you get stuck behind a slow driver, a long rider is an even longer ride because there is no opportunity to pass until you get to the lake. If you are staying in the park and driving this section at night, there are no lights on the road signs so easy to miss the turnoff to the lake.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 23, 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,867 reviews
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Patty W
Ogden, UT944 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a general review about the park during Covid 19. I have been to the park many, many, times and this is a totally different experience. That being said I want to give my general impression about our experience. It is not your typical experience in the park. All service are very limited. Expect huge crowds at old Faithful, and the geyser area. Not all peopLe are wearing masks. The old faithful inn, the Lake Hotel, all sit down restaurants, and the visitor centers are closed. The options for food are limited, it is all take away, and the lines are long. August is always one of the busiest months in the park, and with so many things closed it makes it a little more challenging. The beauty of the park is the same and some of the less popular areas are not crowded at all. I love staying in the park when things are normal BUT during Covid I would recommend either staying in Gardner, Montana or West Yellowstone where the food options are much better. I would recommend bringing your lunch I to the park and avoid the food service. I think it will be less crowded in September or the first few weeks in October. If you want the true Yellowstone experience I would wait until Covid is under control so you can get the full experience of this wonderful park.
Written August 7, 2020
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Minnesota107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
My husband, daughter, son-in-law and my 7 and 11 year old grandchildren joined me to spend a magical Christmas in Yellowstone. This winter destination is not for everyone. It can be extremely cold, windy and snowy. Planning isn't easy and making sure children will enjoy the experience is paramount; I'm hoping this review will be helpful to others. Reservations open in mid March for the following winter so plan early. When you get lodging, sign up for the snowcoach transfers and make dinner reservations for all nights to avoid standing in long lines or eating far too late!

Everyone needs extra warm clothes to enjoy this trip. Think layers including a down sweater under a ski coat with hood to go over hat, neck gaitor, balaklava, snow pants, very warm boots and mittens. If you are older or cautious about ice, bring something like YakTrax for your boots. The kids also need functional clothing for extreme weather to keep them safe as well as able and excited to go outside. There is not much to do inside. It is well worth searching for warm children's boots and mittens and bringing mitten liners too. Many people take a snowcoach tour each day but the coaches are not fully heated and the guide makes frequent stops to get out and see the sights so warm clothes are also needed on tours. Our children are very good skiers (up and down as they say) so we chose to ski and or snowshoe each day to see the sights.

We flew into Bozeman and rented a car after deciding that an available shuttle to and from Mammoth wasn't worth the scheduling hassles. If it hadn't been Christmas Day, we would have stopped at a grocery store in Gardiner for breakfast items and snacks to avoid 3 restaurant meals. Mammoth's general store did have enough for us to get by. We spent 3 nights at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, renting a room and a cabin with a hot tub which we all enjoyed each evening. The car was parked in this area for the entire week. The rental shop can get everyone outfitted and give information on trails. We didn't feel the need to use the ski shuttles.

The Snowcoach takes 4 hours each way between the 2 lodges. There are stops along the way for scenicstops and a restroom break. Dress warmly and consider motion sickness medication as it can be very bumpy.

We stayed at the Snow Lodge for 5 nights as there is much more to see there.
Written March 13, 2022
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Traveling Tourist
Murfreesboro, TN16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Yellow Stone NP is much larger than I envisioned. Grand Loop takes you through and by most of the “must see” stops and even then you barely scratching the surface the park.

The only complaint I have would be how Yellow Stone handled the sharing of crucial news (as in they didn’t share at all). My husband and I were staying in Cody, WY and the only road in or out of Yellow Stone to Cody is 14/16/20. The East Entrance Road is 27 miles long, up a mountain. There was a forest fire off of 14 near Wapiti, WY. Due to this the East Entrance to the park was closed to any who were trying to use it to exit the park. Instead of communicating this at the base of the Mountain (and prior to drive the 27 miles) they let numerous cars, trucks, RVs, 5th Wheels, etc make the trek to the East Entrance exit and then had them turn around to drive the 27 miles down the Mountain and then drive half the loop to get to the NE entrance of the park.

The real cynical person in me thinks that was so tourist had to pay the $2.70 per gallon of gas at their gas station.

In all seriousness, Yellow Stone is beautiful and if you’re in the area then a must see. There just needed to be a way to communicate gate closures.
Written June 15, 2020
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Ar B
Somewhere Usa82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The animals loved the park closure. Two days driving through the park and we saw over 30 animal species! It was the most animals we've seen on any of our trips to National Parks. Day one the social distancing was decent on the trails. All the visitors' centers were closed. On the second day, the park had tons of people and very few even tried to follow social distancing, and even less were wearing masks. The stores did have an employee at the designated entrance to only allow limited customers in the stores at a time. Tower to Canyon on the main loop is closed for construction and Fishing Bridge construction continues making for delays. Some parts of the park were still closed off due to COVID 19 restrictions but we were not disappointed in what was available to see. We had a great (but sunburnt) time.
Written June 21, 2020
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Jared J
Seattle, WA62 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We just spent a week at Yellowstone NP in the Grant Village campground again for a week and what a disappointment. The second day we were there we asked the person at the desk at the Grant Village Campground how showers work this year at the park. The gal at the desk said there where no showers avaiable at any of the campgrounds in the park. She recommended bathing in the lake. At no point were we notified in the reservation or confirmation process that showers were not available. She said it was due to staff shortages. We also went to several visitor centers and NONE of the exhibits were open, but ALL of the gift shops. The ranger behind a piece of glass said it was due to staff shortages. I asked if it had anything to do with Covid. He said, "Well, that too." So riddle me this, I can be back to back with people crammed in a gift shop to buy a shot glass with a bison on it, but I can't see any of the exhibits in the SAME building. Wow. National Park Service, you let us down.
Written August 28, 2021
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Alta Loma, CA297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I finally was able to visit YNP. We visited on their first week of opening in June 2020. The hotels and lodges were still close so we stayed at an air bnb in Island Park, ID which is about 30 minutes from the west gate. The park was not crowded so it was a nice experience. We entered the west gate for 2 days and from the Jackson Hole entrance on the third day after visiting Jackson Hole. Our drive from Jackson Hole was great since we saw Bear and a cub and most of the Bisons and deers are most active since it getting dark at that time.
Written July 18, 2020
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Seattle338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Nothing to add in regard to the astounding sights others have detailed, but just warnings to newcomers: there is one main road that circles the park like a figure 8 and it is a 2-lane, generally well below 35 mph. It takes about an hour to get from the top of the park to the south end if you drive straight through without stopping and it might take much longer depending on the wildlife. Visitors cause traffic jams by slowing down in the road despite signage everywhere telling you not to do so, just to stare at animals. Most pull off to do their admiring of the wild bison, elk, wolves, bears and massive massive ravens that can unzip backpacks, but a good third just slow down while driving. If that doesn’t congest traffic, the animals can do it themselves: we had several incidents of having to stop to allow various mammals to saunter across the road and once, there was a bison and her adolescent calf walking along the oncoming lane, IN the oncoming lane. The cars behind were stacked up at least 75 deep with more coming every minute so there was a probably 100-car backup before the bison eventually left the tarmac for a side meadow. So plan ahead!
As for the park itself, the sights are mostly amazing. When we visited, the ‘est items were the least so: Grand Prismatic Pool is hard to see since the boardwalk is level with the pool and the steam masks the rest so that was underwhelming. The biggest geyser is right next to it and it is only steaming. The tallest geyser is very unpredictable (Steamboat Geyser) so it mostly just blooped a few feet of water while we were there. But the sulphur cauldron and mud volcano areas were great, the Ledge Geyser in Norris basin was spectacular, huffing constant thick steam like a paper mill funnel, and the Fountain Mud Pots area was very active, with a red spouter constantly going strong and several geysers going while we were there. So there is always something going on, even if it's not the biggest/highest/whateverest.
Restrooms are located at most stops but there were lines at nearly all of them even in this slow off season time. Food is limited to what the various restaurants sell, but there are Yellowstone General Stores at all the big corners and they include a comprehensive grocery, besides gifts and camping gear. Of course prices are rather higher than outside in the world but you’re supporting the park when you buy things in the park.
Because of COVID restrictions, none of the visitors centers or museums were open during this trip except for bathrooms if no others were available for guests on the site.
Written May 30, 2021
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Durham, NC200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a place of more facets than you might image. Yes, they haev geysers here, and many different types of them, but they also have gorgeous meadows, enticing rivers, a massive lake that looks like a sea, incredible waterfalls, majestic valleys, herds of bison, elk and deer, and just about any wild creature you can imagine. Expect to face traffic jams as tourists crawl past the wildlife (but DON'T feed them) on the many, many miles or road in the park. Do not come for less than 3 days, and if possible make reservations FAR ahead of time to stay in the park. It was worth the exorbitant cost of staying in an on-site hotel.
Written September 29, 2021
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Benjamin R
Rexburg, ID621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Yellowstone was as beautiful as ever. This visit I noticed an absence of large tour bus groups, but an increase in RV's and traffic. Restroom facilities were limited in some areas, with longer waiting in lines. On the up side, the geysers perform as beautifully as ever, and the more you stay away from the popular venues, the more likely you are to enjoy the visit. Grand Prismatic Pool was very crowded, but otherwise we were able to drive around and walk through many beautiful geyser basins. Face masks were worn by the majority of visitors, especially near Old Faithful where it was much more crowded. Take along some extra hand sanitizer, and bring water and food, as the eating venues are not open at present.
Written August 7, 2020
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Tonbridge, UK1,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
You will need a couple of days to be able to travel to North, South, East and West of the Park. The distances are huge. We visited mid September and it was possible to do this in 2 days as the traffic was not too bad but it was busier on the weekend. Queues build up unexpectedly when people spot an animal and then park up on the road instead of in the lay-bys and there is no way of getting past them. We arrived from Cody to the East and it is quite a long journey before you even get to the park entrance. We bought a America Beautiful pass which covers you for all the national parks for a year and means that you can join a different queue at the entry point - available online by post or on entry to some of the parks. Day one we did the East and North and then day two we did the West and South of the park. My favourite part was the grand prismatic spring. Bring your own food and eat in designated picnic areas as there are not many places to buy food - but plenty of loos! A wonderful experience.
Written September 29, 2022
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