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National Park Journal Yellowstone 2018

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Get the digital version of the National Park Journal with its four separate park editions (Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Yosemite) to discover all-time favorite road trips to the national parks. From Utah’s dazzling deserts, the adobe-lined streets of New Mexico’s charming towns, Wyoming’s authentic outposts, California’s stunning coastline and Colorado’s mountain towns, we feature all the amazing places to explore en route to the parks, no matter where you begin your adventure. Plus , our insider’s guide includes our top things to do in each national park in 48 hours. Discover the best hiking trails, campsites and attractions in our magazine. Our illustrated wildlife guide will help you discover the best of the park's wild animals, including tips on where to find them, and our packing list ensures you don’t leave anything at home.

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United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor's note

When we crossed into Yellowstone through the North Entrance in Gardiner, Mont., there were no cars on the road. By the time we reached Mammoth Hot Springs, the park looked like a snow-swept ghost town. Rows of open parking spots greeted us, and the only living thing in my line of sight was a cluster of bison loitering near Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. A whopping 4.1 million people visited Yellowstone in 2017. So where was the sea of people that transforms the first national park in the world into a torrent of crowds and cars? Nowhere. And I realized pretty quickly they weren’t coming anytime soon. Why? It was January in Yellowstone, which meant we had the park nearly to ourselves. No bathroom lines, no traffic, no jostling to talk to the…

1 min.
5 epic road trips

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND As you can see, our top five road trips to Yellowstone aren't just about the destination. Along the way to Yellowstone, we've included fun attractions, great places to eat and other national park sites that offer different experiences than Yellowstone. From Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills to Glacier National Park in Montana, we've filled this magazine with tips to avoid the crowds, 24 and 48-hour park itineraries and the best trails to hike. Be sure to buy a National Parks passport, which covers every national park, to get stamps at these national park sites.…

1 min.
paperless trail

YOUR SHOT You flooded our annual photo contest with incredible shots. Here are the top three photographs from our 2017 contest. Learn more about our contest and enter our 2018 contest at nationalparktripsmedia.com. Grand Prize Wildlife Brown bear Lake Clark National Park ROGER TWILLEY • TULSA, OKLA. Grand Prize Landscape A beautiful night at Ruby Beach Olympic National Park MATT MEISENHEIMER • JANESVILLE, WIS. Grand Prize Night Skies The Milky Way rises boldly over Arch Rock Joshua Tree National Park TONY PRINCE • YUCCA VALLEY, CALIF. Online Visit MyYellowstonePark.com to find out where to stay and what to do during your vacation. Interested in exploring other national parks? Check us out: MyGrandCanyonPark.com MyOlympicPark.com MyRockyMountainPark.com MySmokyMountainPark.com MyUtahParks.com MyYosemitePark.com Trip Planner Start planning your dream vacation with our Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Black Hills and winter trip planners. You also can request vacation planning materials from our partners on our routes to the parks. Enewsletter Don’t…

1 min.
behind the scenery

If it weren't for an artist and a photographer, Yellowstone National Park might never have become the world's first national park in 1872. For years rugged explorers returned from the Yellowstone region with stories of a strange landscape dotted with steaming pools and shooting geysers. Most people passed them off as myth. Things changed dramatically in 1871 when artist Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson joined a 40-day geological survey to document the area. Through brushstrokes of paint and a camera lens, Moran and Jackson captured the wonders of Old Faithful, the beauty of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the splendor of Hayden Valley. When Congress viewed the men's work in 1871, it had an electrifying effect. In 1872, Congress and President Ulysses Grant created Yellowstone National Park. When…

1 min.
park passes

Buy your 7-day park pass ($30/vehicle, subject to change) or an annual Yellowstone pass ($60/year) in person or online at yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/yell. Buy in person a combined Grand Teton/ Yellowstone 7-day pass for $50. Visiting more than one park this year? Consider the America the Beautiful annual pass for $80 that gives you entry to all national park sites. The Access Pass is a free lifetime admission for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with lifelong disabilities. A Senior Pass is a one-time $80 fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents 62 and older. Fourth-graders and their families get a free one-year pass. Print out a voucher at everykidinapark.gov and bring it to a park entrance for free entry.…

2 min.
wildlife field guide

Elk In summer about 10,000-20,000 elk live in Yellowstone. The population drops to 5,000 in winter as many migrate to the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyo. Bulls weigh up to 700 pounds. Females may weigh up to 500 pounds. In Yellowstone go to Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, Norris Junction and Madison Junction. In Grand Teton, go to Teton Park Road and Willow Flats. Moose Moose have long snouts, bulbous noses and dewlaps under their throats unlike other hooved animals. Look for them in areas with willows. In Yellowstone, look in Willow Park between Norris Junction and Mammoth, Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, West Thumb and Hayden Valley. In Grand Teton, look along Oxbow Bend, Blacktail Ponds, Mormon Row and Antelope Flats Road. Wolf As of 2017, about 99 wolves roamed in 10 packs in…