Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Beach at Fishing Bridge - Yellowstone National Park


Sightseeing in Yellowstone is fun, but it can wear you out. You should plan for some downtime while you are in the park.  One of the best places to relax is the beach located behind the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. This sandy beach is especially fun for children who enjoy the chance to run around after a day spent in the car.

Location: Fishing Bridge is located on the east side of the park where the Grand Loop Road meets the East Entrance Road. The beach is on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake.

Hiking Distance and Time: Maybe a total of 500 feet from the parking lot to the beach. Plan to spend about an hour here.

Open Season: The beach is accessible whenever the roads leading to the visitor center are open.  Generally from April to October

Date of Visit: Saturday June 3, 2017 and other times throughout the summer.

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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mount Washburn - Yellowstone National Park


Mount Washburn is not the tallest mountain in Yellowstone National Park, but it is the most accessible. It's 10,243 foot high summit can be reached by two trails. The trail with the best views is 7 miles round trip and starts at Dunraven Pass. Both trails lead to an observation tower at the summit where you can see an impressive 360 degree view of the Yellowstone back country.  Hiking this mountain is an excellent way to spend your time in Yellowstone.

Location: Mount Washburn is located on the east side of the Grand Loop Road just 5 miles north of Canyon Village. The trail head for the Mount Washburn Hike is located at the Dunraven Pass.  There is another trail head located on the Chittenden Road. That trail is about one mile shorter.

Hiking Distance and Time: This post focuses on the 7 miles round trip trail that starts at the Dunraven Pass. Plan for 3-5 hours. Do not start this hike in the afternoon.  You will either run the risk of being caught in a summer rain storm or you will swelter in the heat.

Open Season: Late June through September

Date of Visit: Thursday, July 13, 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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