Travelers in Yellowstone National Park

Summers in the park are short by nature and with all the fun things to do they seem to go by quicker every year. We know how short our time in the park seems and with most visitors spending less than a week in Yellowstone we thought we would share a quick list of some of our favorite spots to help you prioritize your time in Yellowstone.

BEST TURNOUTS: (If all you have is a day in the park)

  1. Old Faithful:€“ Going off every 90min you should be able to fit in a viewing. If you arrive just after the last eruption, check in at the visitor center to see if you’€™re lucky enough to have aligned your visit to an eruption of Grand, Castle, Riverside, Daisy, or even Beehive Geyser. This is what makes Yellowstone unique.
  2. Lower Falls of the Yellowstone:€“ check out Uncle Tom’€™s Trail if you want to work the lungs a bit or head to Red Rock Overlook for a great view with a fraction of the crowds compared to Artist’€™s Point.
  3. Fairy Falls Trail:€“ Follow posted signs to avoid hazardous terrain while still getting a bird’€™s eye view of Grand Prismatic Spring. If you have a little more time follow the trail all the way to Imperial Geyser to see Fairy Falls and some of the most accessible backcountry thermals in the park.

BEST SHORT HIKES:’ (<half a day)

  1. Avalanche Peak (Best mountain top)
  2. DeLacy Creek to Shoshone Lake (Best spot to relax)
  3. Boiling River (Best hot soak)

BEST DAY HIKES: (most of a day)

  1. Heart Lake (Best thermals and backcountry lake)
  2. Union Falls (Best waterfall and backcountry secret)
  3. Sky Rim Trail (Best mountain escape)

You really can’€™t go wrong if you decide to head out on a backpacking adventure in the park and with so many combinations of sites for different durations we just can’€™t begin to list them.

There are numerous peaks to bag, lakes and rivers to fish, and thermal features to explore, so try to have an adventure in mind when you show up at a backcountry office to book your trip and the ranger will point you in the right direction.

We’€™ve had a great time teaming up with Munk Pack to share more of our home in Yellowstone with you.

In return we hope we’€™ve been able to fuel your desire to get out and explore Yellowstone. Just because summer in the park is over doesn’€™t mean your time to enjoy it is. As we mentioned in our first post, fall is one of the best times to come out and enjoy the wilds of Yellowstone.

-Erica (@e_stitgen)

Photos by Davin and Erica Stitgen. See more of their Yellowstone travels and beyond on their blog, The Show Starts Now.