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The Second 24 hours in Yellowstone National Park: Winter 2013

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

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A Happy Bison heading toward Roosevelt

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Bull Elk in Fresh Snow

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Black-tail Deer near the Yellowstone River Bridge

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The Yellowstone River

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Snow Covered Bighorn Sheep

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The Sun, through snow clouds at Slough Creek

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Bison in the snow

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Soda Butte Geyser

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Looking toward the Beartooth Mountains

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Bull Moose across from Pebble Creek Campground

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Even the small animals are adorable

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A cold coyote near Roosevelt Lodge

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Snow on Mammoth Hot Springs

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The Mammoth Hot Springs Boardwalk

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Sunset over the “town” of Mammoth

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Final thoughts

 

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.

 

Thanks for the new memories.

Thanks for the new memories.

 

One Response so far.

  1. Denise Sisson says:

    Beautiful. I would love to see more.

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