Protect Your Park, Protect Yourself
Yellowstone’s scenic wonders are sure to take your breath away: don’t let them take your life. From boiling hot springs to thousands of wild animals, some of the hazards in Yellowstone will be new to you. Protect yourself and the sights you plan to enjoy by following a few simple rules:
Never approach animals. The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk.
Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. Keep your children close and don’t let them run.
Never feed wildlife. Animals that become dependent on human food may become aggressive toward people and have to be killed. Keep all food, garbage, or other smelly items packed away when not in use.
Never park in the road or block traffic. Use pullouts to watch wildlife and let other cars pass. Stay with your vehicle if you encounter a wildlife jam. Get more advice from NPS.gov here.
Buffalos…they like to travel in herds, their big and kind of scary looking and they can run 35 M.P.H.! You cannot outrun one I promise. The world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt, who has clocked nearly 28 mph in the 100-meter sprint. You do the math.
Sometimes it happens, but sometimes a certain kind of stupidity takes over and people who are normally sane do the stupidest things. For example the video below. It takes all kinds, doesn’t it?
NBC 2 out of Cheyenne, WY Two seasonal Yellowstone National Park concession workers have been fired after a live webcam caught them urinating into the Old Faithful geyser.
Park spokesman Al Nash said a 23-year-old man on Tuesday was fined $750 and placed on three years of unsupervised probation for urinating, being off-trail in a restricted area and taking items from the area. The man also was banned from Yellowstone for two years
Even a small bear can cause some damage not only to you but also to your property. Do not keep food in your car. A bear, for example, can smell food 20 miles away and that half-eaten cheeseburger your kid lost in the back smells like a buffet bar that they must have.
This will actually be my third trip to Yellowstone and I wasn’t going to include it on this road trip, but my brother-in-law wants to see it so I’m willing to give it another shot. I’m going by the 3 strikes your out kind of thing.
While searching out information for the trip I found a brutally honest article about the REAL Yellowstone over at TwoForTheRoad.com and I could not agree more. The crowds are horrendous, I mean LA Rush hour kind of traffic with only one lane each way. Here is the article Our “Adventure Gone Wrong: How NOT To See Yellowstone National Park”. I suggest anyone who is planning a visit to the park read this first. The most important thing is to not lose your common sense.
Here is another good article over at the NPS.gov that will answer any question you have about the points of interest throughout the park and also each animal that you might see, what to expect from them, and how to behave around them.