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National Park Journal Yellowstone Journal 2017

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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

1 min.
paperless trail

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 dramaticaly 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 you…

1 min.
paperless trail

Web Visit MyYellowstonePark.com as an indispensible source for planning incredible road trips. We cover where to stay, what to do and who to meet along your route. Interested in exploring other national parks? Visit us online. MyGrandCanyonPark.comMyOlympicPark.comMyRockyMountainPark.comMySmokyMountainPark.comMyYellowstonePark.comMyYosemitePark.comMyUtahParks.com Trip Planner Start planning your dream vacation by requesting a printed copy of our Yellowstone Trip Planner online. It will arrive in your mailbox. You also can request vacation planning materials from our regional partners. Workshops Join us for our Night Skies Photo Workshop series held in and near national parks. In partnership with Tamron’s professional photographers, we offer in-the-field instruction on how to take night skies, sunset and sunrise photos. E-newsletter Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter when you are on our website. It delivers weekly content to you about the park, tips on how to avoid crowds,…

3 min.
magic kingdom

Entrance Primer Located mainly in northwestern Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park. Parts of it also stretch into Idaho and Montana. To access the park, choose between five entrances. NORTHEAST ENTRANCE Closest to Cooke City, Mont., and its sister village Silver Gate, this entrance gives you the best access to Yellowstone's legendary Lamar Valley where grizzlies, black bears, bison and wolves roam. The tiny outpost of Cooke City (year-round population is 100) has a downtown that spans only a few blocks but offers good dining and lodging options. In the summer, travelers can reach Cooke City via the Beartooth Highway or the park. In winter, this entrance is closed and the only way into Cooke City is through Yellowstone’s North Entrance near Gardiner, Mont. NORTH ENTRANCE Want to experience some of…

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48 hours of yellowstone

DINE AT OLD FAITHFUL INN. A trip to Yellowstone would not be complete without seeing the largest log structure in the world built from 1903-04. Breakfast and lunch are first-come, first-served, but you need to make dinner reservations in advance. Don't have reservations? Enjoy a drink and appetizers in the Bear Pit Lounge. STROLL MIDWAY AND LOWER GEYSER BASINS. Head to Midway Geyser Basin and walk along the boardwalk to see one of the world’s largest, deepest hot springs, Grand Prismatic Spring. It’s larger than a football field at 370 feet across and deeper than a 10-story building at 125 feet. VIEW WILDLIFE IN THE HAYDEN VALLEY. This grassy valley supports huge numbers of bison, grizzly bears, elk, coyotes, wolves, moose and bald eagles. Stop at one of the pullouts, especially at dawn or dusk,…

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best hikes

1. MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS The Mammoth Hot Springs 1.75-mile boardwalk trail enables you to see this iconic landmark up-close. It takes about an hour to explore the Upper and Lower terraces, home to about 50 hot springs. Liberty Cap is among the best known of the Upper Terraces features. Rising 37 feet in the air, this cone got its name in 1871 because of its resemblance to the peaked caps worn during the French Revolution. 2. AVALANCHE PEAK Take the direct route to views over Yellowstone Lake, the Tetons and the Absaroka Range on this short-but-steep 4-mile round-trip hike to a broad, 10,566-foot summit. From the trailhead, climb through a forest of spruce, fir and whitebark pine (watch for grizzlies) to a wildflower-strewn meadow. Press on above treeline and across the scree slopes…

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trailhead talk

Before you hit the trail, become familiar with these important hiking terms. Backcountry vs. frontcountry campsite: A backcountry campsite requires you to get there on foot, carrying what you will need with you. A frontcountry campsite enables you to camp near your car. Cairn: This is a group of stones piled on top of each other, marking a route or landmark. Headlamp: An incredibly handy device, it's a light attached to an elastic band that you wear on your head to see in the dark. Privy: It’s another word for outhouse or bathroom. Switchbacks: A z-shaped trail up a steep hill that makes hiking easier than going directly straight up or down a hill. Trailhead: Often marked by a sign, the trail-head is the beginning of a trail. Scree: A group of loose stones that cover a…