America’s national parks provide a beautiful, serene look at our nation. Whether you’re into coastline, lakeside, mountain or desert camping, there is a national park to fill your desires. Yellowstone National Park is unique and special in many ways, and is certainly not a new topic to our blog posts. To start, it’s the first national park in America. It’s a very large park, extending into three different states: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It’s surrounded by numerous beautiful mountains and scenery-rich landscape.
Typically, the first things that come to mind when Yellowstone is mentioned are wildlife, geysers, lakes and mud pots. This is with good reason, as there is a plethora of wildlife to observe including bear, elk and moose (to name a few). As far as geysers go, there are 1,283 of them—465 of which are currently active. One fourth of all the geysers in the world are found in Yellowstone. There are over 10,000 thermal features altogether, including geysers, mud pots and hot springs.
Aside from the wildlife and the geothermal features, Yellowstone has much more to offer. Yellowstone Lake is the largest mountain lake in the United States. The runoff created by the snow feeds several streams and rivers, which feed into the green valleys. These valleys are home to a vast variety of fauna and wildlife. And if you’ve ever stood at the base of the 308-feet tall Lower Falls, you know that it’s a view of splendor as you gaze down the 20-mile long Grand Canyon of Yellowstone!
Yellowstone National Park is a very big park, encompassing over 2.2-million acres. The roadways throughout the park were initially built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1891. They were built in a figure-eight pattern and the subsequent road construction followed suit. Now the roadway is called the Grand Loop, and is 154 miles long. These roads, as well as the inner routes, are well maintained, and provide an RV-friendly experience.
Yellowstone is basically a big square-shaped park with a total of five entrances—one for every edge of the park, along with one that comes in from the northeast corner. This allows entry into the park from virtually every direction. Some entrances are incredibly scenic, with roads that are mountainous and steep. Other entrances are flat and non-eventful. In any case, each entry is beautiful in its unique way.
There are 12 RV parks within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park with a total of 2,150 sites. Five of the parks are reservation campgrounds that are run by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. The other seven are run by the National Park Service, and are first come, first serve. If you know when and where you’re going, be sure to make advance reservations to avoid any disappointments.
The beautiful part about traveling in Yellowstone in an RV is that you get an incredible view from any window you happen to be looking out of! Call or get online today to reserve your rental motorhome, and start enjoying the countryside!
Interesting Fact: There are more people hurt by bison in Yellowstone than are hurt by bears! The rule is … stay 75 feet away from elk and bison and 300 feet from bears. Another good rule is: If you see a big wild animal, gaze at it from inside your RV!