Yellowstone ’23

We had a great time camping in Yellowstone this year. We stayed in the Indian Creek campground for 5 nights. The drive up and back were 2 full days each. With each day in the park comprised of driving about half the time between the various sites throughout the park. When we returned each evening, it was nice to just park in our lounge chairs and stare at the fire.

Day 1

15 minutes into the park from the west entrance, we were greeted by a bear playing along the river.

The rest of the day was devoted to setting up camp before the afternoon showers started.

Day 2

We saw a baby bear on the side of the road on our way to Slough Creek.

Later that day we went to Mammoth Hot Springs on our way to Canyon Village.

The terraces of minerals from the hot springs pools were amazing even with cloud cover.

The rest of the day was spent going to Canyon Village where we ate Bison-Elk burgers, picked up some firewood and shopped for souvenirs.

Day 3

This was a full day of touring the caldera, starting with Norris Geyser Basin.

My favorite part of this area was the mud jacuzzi.

Next was Artists Paintpots. A spectacular array of various colored pools.

A pool of bubbling mud was entertaining.

Next stop: Old Faithful

After Old Faithful, we continued around the southern loop along Yellowstone Lake.

After stopping in Lake Village for some souvenirs and coffee, we continued toward Canyon Village. Along the way we spotted some Bison and Elk.

We stopped at the North Rim Drive Lookout Point to check out the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Day 4

We started the day with the Grand Prismatic Spring. After doing the path along the edge of it, where it remained constantly shrouded in steam, we decided to take a hike up to the overlook. This was well worth it.

We then proceeded around the lower loop again to the Mud Volcano, where we were greeted by a herd of bison.

More to follow…