Winter in any of America’s National Parks is always amazing. In the Olympic National Park, occasional snowfall makes the rainforest seem surreal, with whites and greens contrasting off of each other like nowhere else in the world. In Yellowstone National Park, where I am lucky enough to be for for a few awesome days, winter is a snowy utopia. In Yellowstone, animals are active and easily seen, the mountains are spectacular and life seems perfect.
If you haven’t seen Yellowstone National Park in the winter, you really need to take a trip out here. The following pictures are just a small sample of what I was lucky enough to see in the Second 24 hours of my visit.
MISSED PARt ONE? LINK: http://exotichikes.com/24-hours-in-yellowstone-national-park-winter-2013/
ELK IN THE ROAD NEAR MAMMOTH
A Happy Bison heading toward Roosevelt
Bull Elk in Fresh Snow
Black-tail Deer near the Yellowstone River Bridge
The Yellowstone River
Snow Covered Bighorn Sheep
The Sun, through snow clouds at Slough Creek
Bison in the snow
Soda Butte Geyser
Looking toward the Beartooth Mountains
Bull Moose across from Pebble Creek Campground
Even the small animals are adorable
A cold coyote near Roosevelt Lodge
Snow on Mammoth Hot Springs
The Mammoth Hot Springs Boardwalk
Sunset over the “town” of Mammoth
While 48 hours in the park wasn’t nearly enough time, it did give us an amazing trip. After the shooting death when we were there this summer (LINK: http://exotichikes.com/shooting-death-in-yellowstone-from-grant-campground/), seeing the park again was much needed therapy. While I will never forget seeing and hearing a 3 year old shoot herself, the trip this winter reminded me of the special quality of Yellowstone National Park. Year round, this park is fantastic and should be experienced by all.
While we didn’t see any wolves, the 5 bull moose walking next to the river will be an image I will not soon forget. The smell of sulfur has left my clothes, but the memories of America’s First National Park will remain with me forever.