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Yellowstone National Park in winter; no crowds, stunning wildlife!

American eagle feasts on carrion near the Madison River

Yellowstone National Park: A wonderland where animals are spectacular, crowds non-existent!                         On this trip to Yellowstone National Park, we approached West Yellowstone from the northwest on Hwy. 287 (coming down from Whitefish/Glacier National Park, MT) along the Madison River, where several fly-fisherman and [...]

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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

Our Bombardier coach, and another, at the Madison Junction area.

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one [...]

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Yellowstone Park in winter; icy grip does not mar the wondrous scenery!

Bison, alongside road in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Imagine standing and watching the Old Faithful Geyser thunder into a dusky sky – just you, your partner and a lone coyote! Many of us of been there during summer months and joined thousands of tourists watching the sight of America’s iconic thermal wonder – what’s the difference? Add two feet of snow and 10° [...]

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End of an era for Bombardier snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park…

1960s-era Bombardier snow coaches, stopped at warming hut at Madison Junction on our way to Old Faithful, a few years ago.

A few years ago, we boarded a 1963-model Bombardier snow coach in West Yellowstone for a beautiful ride into the Old Faithful area and a three day stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Admittedly, these 50-year-old vehicles had their quirks, were noisy and expensive to maintain. But, these old machines made you feel like a [...]

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Reader shares his thoughts about winters in Montana, and the 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake!

Quake Lake in Montana, looking west to the side of huge mountain that slid in the earthquake of 1959, killing 29 campers at its base.

After my last blog post and article in the Record, about Yellowstone, Glacier National Parks and Montana in the winter, reader Gene Beley offered these thoughts; outdoors readers will find them of interest!  Gene writes: Tim, that was a very good article you wrote about your Montana trip, “Room to Roam”.  My sister and brother [...]

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Montana’s Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, scenic, cold and uncrowded in winter!

Old Faithful Geyser erupts at dusk, to a crowd of two, my spouse and I!

        Last January,  we headed to Whitefish, MT, to join a group of ski patrol friends to ski at Whitefish Mountain (formerly, Big Mountain), tour into Glacier National Park and make our way south to Yellowstone National Parks.  I suggest such a winter trip should be on the bucket list for any [...]

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Grand Teton National Park: Monumental mountains, abundant wildlife and wild rivers make for great vacations!

The tram pulling into Jackson Hole Ski Resort can whisk visitors to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes - right into the heart of the Teton Range!

  The Grand Teton rises majestically in front of large herd of bison in early summer! Old Faithful Geyser thrills Yellowstone visitors with eruptions every 60 to 90 minutes that can reach 150 feet! With a neighbor like Yellowstone Park just to the north, it takes a big country to match up to that grandeur.  [...]

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Wyoming and Montana, two of our most scenic and inspiring states!

The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make for cold nights!).

The tram at Jackson Hole Ski Resort will whisk visitors from valley to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes! Old Faithful Geyser, erupting every 60 to 90 minutes, never ceases to amaze visitors! The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make [...]

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Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful, hundreds of thermal features, stunning mountains make this year your time to visit America’s oldest national park!

A large herd of bison are framed by the Grand Teton range, just south of Yellowstone Park last summer.

A large herd of bison are framed by the Grand Teton range, just south of Yellowstone Park last summer. Deep blue hot spring on Firehole Lake Drive offers wonderous viewing for young and old; it is right off the roadway! Boardwalk around thermal features at Firehole Lake Drive offers easy and handicapped access. Quake Lake, [...]

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Yellowstone Park: Winter splendor, no crowds make it a special place! (Part 3 of 3 part series)

A bull bison just off the Old Faithful boardwalk searches for something to eat Old Faithful Geyser erupts every 70 to 80 minutes; though in winter you might have the view all to yourself (vs. summer with thousands watching!) Snow coaches like these at Madison Junction, and snowmobiles, are the only transportation into Yellowstone Park [...]

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