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Make Yellowstone National Park Your Next Wyoming RV Camping Destination
Yellowstone National Park was the first national park established in both the United States and the world. It is best known for its many geysers, which number over 300, the most famous of which is Old Faithful. Yellowstone also has 290 waterfalls, the world’s largest Petrified Forest, and the largest high altitude lake in North America. On top of this, it boasts a wide variety of animals from bears to bison to wolves as well as a large variety of birds and plant life. These numerous and varied attractions makes Yellowstone an excellent Wyoming RV camping destination.
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Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872, by President Grant as the first national park, setting the precedent of protecting beautiful natural land for future generations. The park is located mostly in Wyoming and partially in Montana and Idaho, with a park entrance in each state. It is open every day, all year long. However, roads and entrances often close down during the winter season depending on weather conditions, and most roads are inaccessible during the winter and early spring months. The roads that are open require snow ready vehicles. Because it is weather dependent, it is important to check conditions prior to your trip. The park becomes fully accessible again in May, which is the beginning of the park’s busy season, stretching through summer. The park sees over 3 million visitors throughout the year, the summer months being the peak. The entrance fee for the park is $25 for a private, noncommercial vehicle, motorcycles and snow mobiles are $20. This fee covers a7 day entrance permit. There is a yearly pass for $50 which is valid for 12 months from date of purchase for the Yellowstone Park. There is also an inter-agency annual pass for $80 that allows access into most federal parks nationwide.
Yellowstone has a lot to offer any camper, from the avid backpacker to the RV camper; there is certainly something for everyone! There are vast hiking trails for the very active, and plenty to see from the comfort of your own vehicle. There are geysers, waterfalls, lakes, and even a Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone! One thing that you must see is Old Faithful, which is the most popular attraction in Yellowstone. Although it is not the highest or most regular of geysers, it is a spectacular eruption. You should also take a couple of hours to walk around the Upper Geyser Basin because there are many other geysers to see. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone may not be as large as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but it is a breathtaking sight complete with the Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon. The Upper Falls is 109’ high, while the Lower Falls is 308’ high, double the height of Niagara Falls. The Yellowstone River flows down through the canyon into Hayden Valley, which is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing. Grizzly bears can be found in the Valley, particularly in spring and early summer when there are newborn bison and elk calves for them to feed on. Coyotes can almost always be spotted in the valley. Large herds of bison tend to be in the valley from spring through fall. There is also an abundance of birds, including bald eagles and harriers.
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