We stayed at Mammoth Hot Springs for 3 nights in a small but comfortable cabin and ate some good meals at the restaurant. Most of the employees have returned for their second, third or even fourth summer working at the Park and were enthusiastic and helpful. Yes, we did the obligatory trek to see Old Faithful which was the ONLY crowded place in the Park in early May. I would not want to experience Yellowstone during the crowded summer months. Early May was snowy then sunny off and on - but most definitely worth the chill. Some trails were still closed but there were hardly any people at most of the amazing land formations, fumaroles, lesser geysers, and in the Hayden and Lamar Valleys. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone made for dramatic photos although the trail going 1000' down to the river was closed due to snow. For me, the BEST of Yellowstone is the abundant wildlife. The Park Service does a great job fostering conservation of all aspects of the Park. We drove through and stopped at several spots in Lamar Valley in the late afternoon and saw countless bison and several newborns with their orange-color wool, a grizzly mama with two large cubs (from a good distance!), black bear, pronghorn antelope, elk, deer, & sandhill cranes! It was breathtaking being able to observe them in their natural habitat. It would have taken more patience than we had so see any wolves in Hayden Valley, but we did hear of some sightings.
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