S: Yellowstone National Park
BC: An Amazing Vacation!
FC: Yellowstone National Park | Sept. 5th-11th, 2011
1: Our 1st Anniversary | What a beautiful view! | We were in Yellowstone from Sept 5-11, 2011. | Yellowstone National Park
2: Cabin 9 | Big Moose Resort | Kitchenette
3: Chris in control of the grill! | Bedroom | This is where we stayed each night. We cooked breakfast & dinner each day at the cabin & took a picnic lunch. | Big Moose Resort is located in Cooke City, MT. The elevation of the town is 7,500 ft & is home to many grizzly bears.
4: This was the view from our cabin, Pilot Mountain.
5: Cooke City Montana | Cooke City is a remote town of about 100 people. It is 4 miles from the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone. Two ways to get into the city are the Beartooth Scenic Highway, which is closed from October to May, or the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway which leads to Cody, WY.
6: These are a few of the hot springs at the basin. The bluer the color of the water, the hotter the temperature.
7: West Thumb Geyser Basin
8: These are more pictures from West Thumb Geyser Basin. It sits along the edge of Yellowstone Lake, making it very scenic! Located here is Fishing Cone, where people used to cook their fish until they found out that it was unhealthy due to the bacteria. Also here you can find Abyss Pool, one of the deepest pools in the park.
9: Yellowstone Lake | West Thumb Geyser Basin
11: Our trip to Yellowstone was by far one of our favorite vacations! Can't wait to keep exploring the great outdoors!
12: Stunning Views!
13: The Mt. Washburn trail was 6.2 miles long and took us about 1400ft in elevation. It was an old service road that led to the top, taking us about 3.5 hours to finish the entire trail. So glad we did it, these were some of the best views in the park!
14: Bull Elk | Bison | Pronghorn Sheep | Coyote | Mule Deer Family | Pronghorn Sheep | Mule Deer
15: Bull Elk | Baby Elk | Elk Coyote | Baby Bison | Yellow Bellied Marmot
16: Upper Falls, Chittenden Bridge | Brink of Upper Falls
17: This is Upper Falls from Chittenden Bridge along the South Ridge Rim trail of the Canyon. Upper Falls is 109 feet tall and is located before Lower Falls.
18: Lower Falls, Artist Point
19: Lower Falls, Uncle Tom's Trail | Jodi taking in the amazing view of the falls. | Chris headed back up the stairs! | There are many different locations to view Lower Falls. Either Artist Point, Brink of Lower Falls, or Uncle Tom's Trail. All of these locations offer wonderful views of the falls, which are 308 feet tall, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. The river containing all this water is the Yellowstone River, which flows into the Canyon of Yellowstone.
20: Tower Falls 132 ft. | Kepler Cascades 150 ft. | Gibbons Falls 84 ft. | Waterfalls of Yellowstone
21: Upper Falls 109 ft. | Firehole Falls 40 ft. | These are the many waterfalls that we got to visit while in the park. By far, the most spectacular falls we have ever seen!
22: Old Faithful Inn
23: Old Faithful Inn | The Old Faithful Inn opened its doors on June 1, 1904. It has weathered severe winters, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and the fires of 1988 that destroyed large parts of the park. The lobby measures 76'6" and 500 tons of rhyolite rock was used to construct the chimney in the center of the lobby.
24: Old Faithful Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin
25: The eruption we viewed was predicted for 1:45pm. | Chris & I at Old Faithful, just after it finished erupting. | Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geysers in the park. It erupts about every 90 minutes. Each eruption can last from 1.5 to 5 minutes in duration. The eruption averages a height of 145 feet. At a depth of 74 feet the temperature of the water is about 244 degrees Fahrenheit.
26: Castle Geyser | Upper Geyser Basin
27: This is Upper Geyser Basin. There are 5 predictable geysers in this area, including Old Faithful. | Sawmill Geyser | Lion's Mound | Scalloped Spring | Crested Pool
28: Excelsior Geyser
29: Midway Geyser Basin | Midway Geyser Basin is home to two of the world's largest hot springs. Excelsior Geyser (276x326 ft) which used to be the largest in the world. Since it has not erupted since the 1880's it is now considered a productive thermal spring. It gives off 4,050 gallons of water per minute. Grand Prismatic Spring is nearly 370 feet in diameter and gives off 560 gallons of water per minute. It is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone & the 3rd in the world. | Turquoise Pool | Grand Prismatic Spring | Run off from Excelsior Geyser into the Firehole River.
30: Palette Springs
31: Mound Terrace | Mammoth Hot Springs
32: We decided to make a day trip to Grand Teton National Park. It was stunning!
33: Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park
34: Buffalo Bill Historical Center Western Art Exhibit
35: On the last day we decided to take a trip to Cody, WY and visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. It was 5 museums under one roof. The topics were Yellowstone, Plains Indians, Buffalo Bill, Firearms, and Western Art. This was an excellent place to visit! | Cody, Wyoming
36: Visiting Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center made for a wonderful vacation!
37: We couldn't have asked for a better trip! The weather was perfect everyday and there was always so much to see and do! It was a great way to spend our first anniversary!
38: Hayden Valley | Hayden Valley | Grand Teton National Park | Gorgeous Landscapes!
39: Hayden Valley | Hayden Valley | Stunning Views! | Grand Teton National Park