Friday, January 26, 2018

Petrified Trees in Yellowstone National Park


Most people think that there is only one petrified tree in Yellowstone National Park. However, Yellowstone actually has the largest petrified forest in the world.  These fossilized trees are massive and are worth the effort to find if you have the time and the stamina.

Location: Along the Lamar Valley Road that leads to the Northeast Entrance.  The actual trail head is a small parking lot/pullout located on the south side of the road about .02 of a mile west of the bridge over the Lamar River.  There is no official trail head marking for this trail. 

Hiking Distance and Time:
3 miles round trip.  Plan for 2 to 4 hours.

Operating Season: June through September after the snow has melted.  Make sure you aren't hiking during the heat of the day.

Date of Visit: Saturday, July 1, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Lone Star Geyser - Yellowstone National Park


As it's name implies, Lone Star Geyser is a solitary geyser. The next nearest geyser is Old Faithful which is over 3 miles away. To reach Lone Star Geyser you have to walk or bike over 2 miles on an old park road. The geyser erupts every 3 hours so plan to chill out near the geyser until the show starts. Lone Star Geyser will erupt for approximately 20 minutes.

Location: Lower Loop Road 2.5 miles east of the Old Faithful Overpass.

Hiking Distance and Time: The trail is 4.7 miles round trip. Plan your hike to take 2-5 hours. The total length will depend on how long you have to wait for the geyser to erupt.. 

Open Seasons: June to September

Date of Visit: Friday June 30, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

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