Eric and granddaughters got in late last night and we got a late morning start for our first day visit to the Park.Packed a cooler of beverages and snacks with a stop at a deli for lunch.
Driving into the West Entrance we spotted some elk grazing by the Madison River. We opted for the North Loop today since it is the shorter loop with less to see. The North Loop takes you to Gibbon Falls,Canyon Village, Lower Falls overlook, Mammoth Hot Springs visitor area, Fort Yellowstone and return to Madison Junction and West Gate. Since it was late we opted to stop for dinner in town.
The Madison River is a tributary of the Missouri and is 183 miles in Wyoming and Montana. When we were in Montana last year, we visited the confluence with the Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers near Three Forks, Mt.
Gibbon Falls on the Gibbon River has a drop of 84 feet. It is between Madison Junction and Norris Geyser. Worth a stop.
Canyon Village is a stop for viewing the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Artists Point, Lower Falls & Brink of Upper Falls. It also has camping, shops, restaurants, gas and accommodations.
Lower Falls is the tallest in the park at 308 feet, twice the size of Niagara. At peak times in the Spring, 63,500 gallons per second flow over the falls. In the Fall 5,000 gal/sec. You can view the falls from several areas such as Artist Point and Uncle Tom's Trail. Unfortunately Tom's Trail and Inspiration Point drives are closed this season for repairs.
|Rainbow Over Lower Falls|
|Brink of Lower Falls|
Continuing on to Mammoth Hot Springs passing the Lamar Valley where at certain times of day, wildlife is abundant.Would like to return in early morning or early evening. Mammoth Hot Springs is considered the nerve area of Yellowstone NP and the first area to be developed in late 1800's. The Gallatin, Washburn and Absoroka mountains are viewed from this area. Old Fort Yellowstone now houses the Park's Headquarters, Museum and Visitor Center.It is not unusual to see herds of elk grazing in the area near the buildings. They seem very comfortable in the area.
|Mammoth Hot Springs|
|View of Town From Hot Springs|
|View From Boardwalk|
|Parker, Eric & Kendyl|
The Mammoth Hot Springs and Terraces date back to the last glacial period. They are constantly changing. You can drive to the top or you can walk the several mile boardwalk to top. We drove to top and walked part way down.
Fort Yellowstone was established in 1891 to protect the Park's resources from poachers,souvenir hunters and people intent on destroying the park. 35 of the original buildings remain today. The Army relinquished control in 1918.
It was a good day and think Eric and Granddaughters enjoyed the tour.