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Old West Dinner Cookout

Have you dreamed of hitching up your wagon, driving across the wild, wild west, watching the bison, listening to a cowboy sing and eating at a cookout all while in a National Park? If you know me then you knew I said YES!!!! I love finding special, out of the ordinary things to do on vacations and the old west dinner cookout was definitely one of those things. Reservations for the old west dinner cookout need to be made a minimum of 6 months in advance although I would suggest a year (as I do with all things National Parks). Once you’ve made your reservation you’ll check in at the Roosevelt Corral located just past the Roosevelt Lodge and Cabins inside Yellowstone National Park.

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Did you know there’s a Grand Canyon at Yellowstone National Park? There is!!! It may not be as grand as the Grand Canyon but it certainly is grand in it’s own right! Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is top of the list of things to see for many people while visiting the park. The canyon itself is about 20 miles long and ranges from 800-1200 feet deep. The Yellowstone River flows into the canyon creating the most amazing waterfall.

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Geyser Gazer Tour in Yellowstone

So I have this thing about travel…I like to do all the things but not be rushed or overwhelmed. I’m a natural planner and so I hem and haw and research and make a list (which is of course why I became a travel planner) and then I book it. I make sure each person traveling with me has one special thing on our trip that is just for them, but that I know we will all enjoy and everything else, well those things are the “icing”. On our recent trip to Yellowstone riding in the historical antique wooden bus, it was my thing. Back in the 1920’s there were over 400 of these beauties and they shuttled people all over Yellowstone.

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Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley is roughly 7 miles wide and 7 miles deep and is centrally located in Yellowstone National Park. It’s easy to map out your visit to both Mud Volcano and Hayden Valley on the same trip to optimize your time in the park. Yellowstone is so large and has so many different features that it can be overwhelming to navigate but you can see more in a relaxed, non rushed way by planning ahead-or of course with the help of your trusty travel planner-ME. You’ll find multiple pullouts while visiting the valley which will make stopping and seeing everything super easy. Make sure you have your scope and/or binoculars ready because Hayden Valley is a hot spot for wildlife. You may find bison, bears, elk and water foul.

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Mud Volcano

The Mud Volcano area in Yellowstone National Park is located along the West Thumb Geyser Basin of the park and is definitely worth a visit. The area has a great deal of wooden boardwalks for guests to walk on and view many easily seen areas.

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Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls is located inside the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Lewis Falls is located in the southern portion of Yellowstone. It’s a very easy to get to and a quick drive if you’re staying outside of the southern entrance, and of course if you’re staying inside the park.