Yellowstone rings in your subconscious mind as the holy grail of the US National Parks. All books rave about it, and it is said to have such a wonderful and amazing variety of landscapes and colorful geysers can you cannot see them all. And if you try, it is very likely that you will experience an overdose of colors. After trying it, I can say that this is true!
But before Yellowstone, we drove from City of Rocks, up north through Jackson Hole: this is one amazing city, vibrant with arts and mountain spirit, such a rare but nice combination!
Directly north of Jackson Hole is an often less visited park stole our hearts: the Grand Teton National Park. The landscape is so unique, with a long and flat plain rising to the massive peaks (the Tetons) that culminate above 3,000m and are so raw and jagged. We were blessed with an amazing sunset on the Teton Range:
On the next morning we arrived in Yellowstone via the south entrance. We were in the park for 4 days, quite a short period of time, but enough nonetheless to see a good portion of what the place has to offer in terms of geysers and amazing vistas. I can therefore say, that you DO experience saturation of so much beauty. Who would have thought?
But all of it is worth it: from magnificent geysers to forests, and wildlife, it is truly a feast for the eye (and your nose, if you’re sensitive to sulfur smells that come from the geysers!)
On our way out of the park, we were offered quite a strong snowstorm (on June 15, it is never too late!), just to remind you that in spite of all this beauty, this is the realm of mountains, and that you should never be complacent, this is tough terrain as soon as you set foot outside the tourist boardwalks onto the higher surrounding peaks…
I hope you enjoy the photos, you can see the entire trip by following me on instagram where I posted all the landscapes as I was taking them, and by checking out the previous posts; Part I, II, and III!