I just watched Sean Michael in the Long Long Honeymoon series discuss their Five Favorite Places to see in Yellowstone National Park. If you’ve viewed this blog for a while, you know BSP has been to Yellowstone National Park twice. You also know we posted quite a bit on the subject back in 2016 & 2017. Here’s how we enjoyed our first trip to Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park:
1. You must camp in the Park, if you’re RVing there: I suspect I’d never have visited Yellowstone if I didn’t have an RV. It saves an immense amount of time when you are touring the park. There is one full hookup Park, at Fishing Bridge. Make your reservations long in advance and for a good period, we reserved our spot 9 months in advance and camped there for 8 days. We planned for 6 and two at Flagg Ranch but fires made us cancel. 8 days there was perfect for what we were trying to do.
2. Divide Yellowstone into quadrants for touring: On our way there, we met some people in a Home Depot who told us they had divided the park into four parts. These four parts made the park digestible, and with 8 days there, enabled returns to parts we had not visited.
3. Upgrade your camera and use it on a photo session before your Yellowstone trip: I upgraded my camera to the Nikon D750, which although a bit dated is more than adequate for photography there, given the right lenses. We took our camera to Europe on a 2 week cruise before our first Yellowstone trip. We thought our European cruise was the trip of a lifetime. No. Not after Yellowstone.
4. Try Grand Teton National Park: On our first trip there, we visited Grand Teton but it was on fire. This time, we camped along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, in Moran. This spot, Flagg Ranch, was absolute gold. It positioned us between Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Grand Teton doesn’t have the jaw-dropping scenery of Yellowstone, but wait … yes it does.
Not my best picture by a long shot. The haze is due to the fires and the time of day.
5. Get to Canyon. My clear favorite in the Park was Canyon and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. It’s truly amazing, it could be its own park.
That’s all I wanted to say about this for the moment. Our first Yellowstone trip was when this sports blog migrated to a travel & RV blog. We aren’t going to Yellowstone this year but I did want to let ya’ll know we think about it often.