Yellowstone Images: A Photo Essay from the National Park

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The forest, my favorite part of Yellowstone.


My Yellowstone trip was remarkable, from the camping to the wildlife watching to visiting Old Faithful and all the main attractions.

I have so much material on Yellowstone National Park, and so many great photos, that I wanted to follow-up my 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yellowstone with a broad photo essay showing the various sides of the park.

My visit to the park covered three days. Many folks stay longer, perhaps an entire week, to fully experience the different landscapes. Others spend only a day or two in Yellowstone. But either way, you’re going to see a lot of amazing things.

U.S. Route 20 passes right through Yellowstone, so it’s an easy place for folks from both coasts to get to by vehicle. And it’s an officially-designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy some of the Yellowstone images I captured, and check out more on our Flickr.

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The Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance in Gardiner, Montana.


Yellowstone Images: Pics from My Photo Trip

Here’s a selection of pics from Yellowstone. They range from various kinds of wildlife to the Arch at the entrance to the scalding hot springs and giant lake.

Also included are some pics from my hike of Mt. Washburn. This is one of Yellowstone’s best hikes, and one of its most accessible since it isn’t super difficult. That’s a great hike to consider if you’re a first-time Yellowstone visitor.

Click this link for more info on where to see wildlife in Yellowstone. I was fortunate enough to encounter wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, elk, bison, and many more.

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You wouldn't want to accidentally wander into a scalding hot spring.


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The west side of the park has a large number of hot spots.


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I wasn't sure what this animal was, but I'm going with "female elk." Anyone?


bison cross road yellowstone

The bison cross the road whenever they damn well please and you'd better be prepared to wait it out.


bison friend yellowstone

You can get up close and friendly with them.


buffalo adult and baby

Aww, baby bison!


guy too close to bison YNP

This guy was approaching too close. I was secretly hoping the bison would charge him.


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The lake. Not my favorite part. (I'm more into wildlife!)


old faithful onlookers

Tourists await the eruption of Old Faithful.


old faithful geyser

And there it goes.


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I unwittingly cornered this squirrel on a log.


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Families watch bison and wolves in the distance.


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A grizzly bear walks along a hillside near Mt. Washburn. This was exciting to see!


Delving into the history of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas

And finally, one of the coolest natural wonders of the park is called the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You can see how it gets its name. That spectacular waterfall and winding canyon of rushing water is pretty incredible to witness in person.

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The spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone is definitely a magical place. If you haven’t visited, I strongly suggest making plans to stop by sometime. It is one of the best places to get in touch with nature!

Have you visited the park and taken any Yellowstone images?

About Quirky Travel Guy

Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based freelance writer & fan of indie rock, road trips, ice cream, squirrels on power lines, runaway shopping carts, and six-way intersections. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, which may earn me a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.

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  1. Nice job with the photos. I know what you mean about there being so much to write about Yellowstone. It’s incredible how many different and interesting attractions there are. I’ve been lucky enough to go there a few times and would go back in a heartbeat. I’ve seen bison before, but I don’t think I ever saw a baby — adorable.

  2. I can’t stand it either when people start to approach wild animals while they know they shouldnt. Sometimes I also find myself hoping they would attack, it seems to be the only way people will learn to keep there distance. Would love to see bisons in the wild myself one day, they really are huge.

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