America has many amazing national parks, but none are as celebrated as Yellowstone. With mountainous terrain, waterfalls, acres of wooded wilderness, and some of the most spectacular geothermic features in the world, it is not hard to see why.
If you are a fan of the outdoors, this guide will you find the best activities you can enjoy on a holiday in Yellowstone National Park.
You don’t have to be a rugged outdoors person to enjoy the wildness that Yellowstone National Park has to offer.
By setting up a tent in one of many frontcountry campgrounds throughout the park, you’ll get to breathe in the pine-scented air that is a world away from the car exhaust-tainted oxygen you inhale everyday.
As you might imagine, these sites fill quickly during peak season, so be sure to reserve your spot well in advance of your trip to Yellowstone National Park.
2) Frontcountry hiking
When you aren’t chilling out at your campsite, you’ll have no shortage of trails that can take you to some of the most scenic sites in the park.
With over 900 miles of paths, it can be hard to figure out which one to head down first, so we’ll narrow it down for you.
If you love waterfalls, Uncle Tom’s Trail will take you ¾ of the way down into the gorge of the Lower Falls, while the Observation Point Trail will give you an elevated view of multiple geysers, including Old Faithful.
There is much more to discover, but these ones will get you off the fence and exploring.
With plenty of lakes and rivers within its bounds, Yellowstone National Park is paradise for those who love to get out onto the water.
There’s nothing better than a full day spent paddling the waters of Yellowstone Lake, which boasts a stunning cobalt blue colour on a bright, sunny day.
However, take care when on the lake, as its temperatures rarely peak above 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer. Always wear a life jacket when out and about, as the cold waters can make it hard for even good swimmers to stay afloat after a few minutes.
4) Cross-country skiing
While Yellowstone National Park largely empties out during the winter months, there are still things to do during that time.
Walking trails that host plenty of hikers in the summer are groomed and track set for cross-country skiers soon after the first major snowfall of the season.
This makes it possible to glide past elks (brought out of hiding with all the tourists gone) and geothermic features such as the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful with nothing but the silence of winter to accompany these marvelous sights.