We’ve been to Yellowstone National Park exactly twice. Once as a couple and once with my traveling buddies (my BFF & her hubby). Neither time did I last more than a day. The last time we paid for two days but left after one.
Don’t get me wrong Yellowstone is gorgeous. The scenery, the animals, the traffic. Wait! What? Traffic in the middle of serenity. HELL YES! THE TRAFFIC IN SUMMERTIME AT YELLOWSTONE IS HORRENDOUS. It gets so overwhelming if you’re not a crowd person you can start to panic. Everywhere you go (because it’s about nature conservation there aren’t many roads and the ones that are there are only two-lane so anything that happens (and it does constantly) traffic backs up quickly and dissipates slower than molasses on a cold day.
I found this awesome piece that pretty much says it all. YellowstonePark.com. Where to stay, where to eat if you the camping type. If you’re not into sleeping under the stars there are a few other options that might calm your nerves. With the article above it asks you what type of camper you are and suggests the perfect campground within the park. I’m going to give it a whirl as I was given two options I need to check them both out.
BAY BRIDGE CAMPGROUND – elevation 7,800 feet (2377 m)—is located near Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest, high-elevation, fresh-water lakes in North America. Campers at Bridge Bay will enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the Absaroka Range rising above the lake’s eastern shore.
I’m thinking NO. I don’t do well with higher elevations. I don’t want to spend two days thinking I’m having a heart attack. I learned that lesson at Mesa Verde. It’s fine for periods but not for days.
or SLOUGH CREEK CAMPGROUND elevation 6,250 feet (1905 m)—is located in Lamar Valley near some of the best wildlife watching opportunities in the park. Located at the end of a two-mile graded dirt road, this campground is best suited for tents and small RVs. There are plenty of hiking opportunities in the area, including the Slough Creek Trail which begins nearby. Nighttime offers a quiet, unimpeded view of the stars and the possibility of hearing wolves howl. These sites are first come first serve and I’ll take the chance. I know of another first come first serve as well. I don’t panic about where to stay like I used to. I’m not afraid to rough it for a day or two.
In my opinion, the top 5 things to see are the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for sure because I’ve only seen parts never as a whole, Old Faithful (for my BIL), maybe do some hiking around Yellowstone Lake, a visit to Grand Prismatic Spring and Norris Geyser Basin.
My idea of a vacation is getting away from the crowds, but sometimes to see the beauty you have to endure a little irritation. Let’s see how long we make it this time! From Yellowstone, We’re Headed To Glacier.