We decided to head out to Yellowstone National Park this weekend to take advantage of the free admission. (Admission is normally $25 per vehicle). April 21st-29th is National Park Week and many parks across the country offer free admission. We arrived in West Yellowstone around 10:00 A.M (The park opens at 8:00 A.M.) We wanted to try to get there as early as possible to get the best chance of spotting wildlife. At the visitor’s center, we picked up a free driving map. The staff will also let you know about possible road closures and the best areas to spot wildlife.
We drove from the West Yellowstone entrance to Old Faithful. Along the way we made several stops viewing other geysers and mudpots. Along, the way we ran into some bison on the road. They passed right by our car! We got some really great up-close photos and videos.
We also saw several elk in a field. Unfortunately, we did not see any bear or moose, which would have been really exciting.
Old Faithful geyser is said to be one of the most consistent geysers as eruption times are able to be predicted. Eruptions occur approximately every 90 minutes. We arrived about an hour prior to the scheduled eruption. There are several gift shops to browse through and cafés to stop by for lunch while you are waiting. There are also 2 free movies – one before the eruption and one after. The eruption is a spectacular sight which is worth the drive and wait.
We drove around for another 2 hours or so enjoying the nice weather and fantastic scenery. I was surprised that the park was not more crowded. I guess spring is a good time to visit! It was a really nice day out, much warmer than I expected for this area and time of the year. We plan on visiting the park again this weekend to take advantage of the free admission. Check out my next blog to find out if we saw more wildlife the second time around. Hopefully we will spot some bears next time! For information about the park, visit this website.