It’s been 11 years since our last visit to Yellowstone National Park, and it never disappoints.
We didn’t hit Wapiti Valley on the eastern side of the Park since we were living in Big Sky Montana outside the west entrance at the time and it wasn’t easily accessible from there.
Teddy Roosevelt famously called the Wapiti Valley "The 50 most beautiful miles in America", and it’s been on our go-see-do list ever since the first visit.
Teddy might be right if we’re talking contiguous 50 miles, there are beautiful sights through the entire valley.
Not quite the individual grandeur of many other places we’ve seen, but it’s well worth the drive if you’re coming from the east side.
This was just a day trip in from our spot at Buffalo Bill State Park outside Cody primarily to double-check Teddy’s statement, with a short hike and a quick lunch stop in the middle.
Now we just have to make one more visit in the future to spend more time in the Lamar Valley since that is where the highest concentration of wildlife photo opportunities is.
Photos from our 2013 visits into the Park are also included below since they never got posted or published before.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
The mandatory sign shot


White World

White World at Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park
Plenty of snow still at altitude coming over Sylvan Pass


Here There Be Bears

Here There Be Bears
Some kids drew bear tracks on the Storm Point Trail


Bundle It Up

Bundle It Up - Yellowstone Lake
It’s chilly standing on ice with the wind coming off of Yellowstone Lake


Storm Point

Storm Point in Yellowstone National Park
Storm Point overlooking Yellowstone Lake


Making Friends

Making Friends
One of the many roadside bison in the Park. At least they weren’t blocking the road like they have been during our other trips.


Big Boy

Big Boy
You don’t expect to see a Big Boy statue in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere…


Photos below are all from our 2013 trips into the Park.

Pink Cone Geyser

Pink Cone Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
The mist from Pink Cone Geyser leaves a pretty neat rainbow hanging in the air


Algae Bits

Algae Bits
It’s neat to watch the water motion sway these tiny algae mats back and forth


Lower Geyser Basin

Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park
I believe that this is Jet Geyser doing its thing


Old Faithful

Old Faithful
There are approximately 8.2 billion photos of Old Faithful on the internet. Now there are 8.2 billion and one.


Dangerous Thermal Area

Dangerous Thermal Area
The signs are there for a reason…


Lone Star Geyser

Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
The Lone Star Geyser was one of my favorites


Black Sand Basin

Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park
Black Sand Basin is extremly colorful


Etching

Etching
The mineral trickles look like modern tilework


Ripples

Ripples
Colorful little ripples


Swoops

Swoops
I love this shot in the Midway Geyser Basin


Morning Mist

Morning Mist
Bison in the morning mist


Lower Falls

Lower Falls
I believe that these are the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River?


All Cracked Up

All Cracked Up
Sometimes things dry up


Deep Blue

Deep Blue
Sooooo colorful!


The Afterlife

The Afterlife
Everything dies eventually


Under Stormy Skies

Under Stormy Skies
Making the most of the day under stormy skies


Mud Pots

Mud Pots
Gurgle Gurgle Gurgle


Colors and Cracks

Colors and Cracks
So much color, so many cracks


Traffic Jam, Yellowstone Style

Traffic Jam, Yellowstone Style
This is what a traffic jam looks like in Yellowstone!


Happy Meal

Happy Meal
It’s not a great shot since I only had 400mm of lens and this guy was about 1/4 mile away, but very very cool to see this bear napping on a bison carcass he’s been eating


Pronghorn Buddy

Pronghorn Buddy
This little guy hung out with us for about 10 minutes before moving along



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