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Glacier, Yellowstone National Parks in winter splendor!

Going to the Sun Highway, closed in winter but for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, at Lake McDonald Lodge inside Glacier Park; Logan Pass just 21 miles ahead! Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, looking northeast from Going to the Sun Highway. Bighorn sheep ram poses for photo in Gardiner, Montana, just north of the park entrance. […]

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Our national parks in dead of winter; a once-in-a-lifetime must-do!

Trumpeter Swans in Yellowstone’s Firehole River near Old Faithful area. Buffalo and calf, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park. Lake McDonald Lodge, closed in winter, marks end of the Going to Sun Highway. Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, taken from Going to the Sun Highway. Spend the night in a caboose at the Issac Walton […]

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Yellowstone National Park in winter’s majesty

Venture into Yellowstone National Park for a huge display of winter’s majesty We just returned from our fifth visit to Yellowstone National Park in the winter; literally no crowds and abundant wildlife in a park blanketed by winter’s majesty. It’s almost the opposite of summer, when huge crowds frighten many of the wildlife into the back country […]

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

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

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!

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…

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!

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!

        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 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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