One of this countries greatest national parks & the first, Yellowstone has been a 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness protected area in Wyoming (and parts of Montana & Idaho) since 1872. The park sits on a volcanic hot spot symbolized by the famous spouting geyser, “Old Faithful.”
This was our second visit, so we spent a couple of days going to parts we hadn’t seen before. Even in September, the park is crowded and you might have trouble finding a parking spot in the most popular attractions. We stayed in West Yellowstone, just outside the west entrance and a much easier drive into the park that if you stay in Cody and come in the mountainous east entrance.
Our favorite part of visiting Yellowstone is the animals. Buffalo are everywhere, sometimes in a distant meadow, sometime right next to the road, sometimes strolling right down the road at a leisurely pace, with a long line of cars right behind.
You almost never see grizzlies or wolves in the populated areas or campgrounds, but just in case, they sell bear spray in the stores and have posted signs to stay at least 100 feet away from any wildlife.
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Richard Allan Jones is the author of “Drafted,” a comic adventure of a college student drafted into the Army during Vietnam.