It is dang near impossible to list 10 reasons to experience Yellowstone National Park, just go. There are 10,000 reasons why and if you took a poll, I am sure this estimate is easily attainable. I will however try to trim down staying at one lodge inside the park. Depending on the season, there are three lodges in Yellowstone, Old Faithful Inn, maybe another blog, I stayed there too, Yellowstone Lake, I had breakfast there, very fancy but seems incredibly nice too, prices might be higher but it looks worth it and Mammoth Hot Springs which I will share photos of and my favorites about staying in the park perks. There are additional places to stay within the park depending on the time of year. I was there in May and some roads were still snow covered and inaccessible so those locations were not open for the season yet. Yes, snow covered in May. I also just read that Mammoth is closed for renovations, the link says, Opens: April 27, 2018 Closes: October 14, 2018. I would double check that by calling, most likely it is already booked for this season but you never know. I can provide a before the renovations. I thought it was great just the way it was.
Yellowstone National Park lies within three states, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, the majority is in Wyoming.
Mammoth Hot Springs is at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park coming in from Montana. It has the Grand Roosevelt Arch. "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People". Thanks Teddy, Mr. President Theodore Roosevelt.
Now you are in, where do you want to stay?
I chose Mammoth Hot Springs to bunk down for the evening because at the time we had no set plans for the night and it was the only available place. Yellowstone National Park is huge, you need to stay the night or two or three. I think it would be easy to stay the week and still have more to see. Hopping to the different lodges seems cumbersome and some people (my stagecoach driver) like to be settled but I think a night in each would be awesome. I do not recommend traveling like this to a National Park, we just got lucky someone had cancelled. Book ahead. We were in the 1913 wing.
The long white building in the back is the 1913 wing of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where we shared the experience with fellow travelers.
Those folks out there are getting ready to board a tour bus for wildlife viewing at an opportune time, early in the morning. Do not miss this chance, make reservations ahead, if only I had known. I am so jealous.
One of the coolest things is meeting new people. I met this guy on the front benches of the hotel and a common question is, Where are you from? He told me he was from Leavenworth. My first thought was 👀 the prison? He seemed nice.
The rooms are quite cozy, you get your own sink to brush your teeth and wash your hands.
The shower and toilets are down the hall and shared with all the rooms on your floor. 👀 Do not let this discourage you, it is fun. There is a men's and women's separate facility. You get your own robe to borrow and a fan. It is very pioneer, you are living the dream of back in the day, The fan of course is a perk with no extra charge.
There is a large selection of vittles, however the bison top sirloin is not so popular with some of the locals, the bison. I had the huckleberry ice cream for dessert. You would be hard pressed to find that in Delco. I loved it!
The full time residents are super friendly.
What is going on here with this gathering of professionals? Here comes Mary.
I have 25 photographs of this creature, you can see how overly impressed it is with me. It does creep me out a little when they turn their heads.
If you are going, remember to get on the bus and let the people who know, show you "For The Benefit And Enjoyment Of The People", Yellowstone National Park.
The First National Park
It is National Park Week get out and enjoy, they are all good. I am just starting at the beginning.
Now that I have opened up my archives (I took over 3,000 pictures on this trip), I will share at a later date, the landscape, where the deer and the antelope roam, the geysers and the other lodges I visited. Keep checking back.
Mammoth Hot Spring, this photograph does not do it justice, it glows at night.
Photographs in the lobby of the hotel.
Mammoth Hot Springs is also the home of one time Ft. Yellowstone. That will be a blog all its own.
Warning: The Internet service is poor almost non-existent, so you are forced to communicate through conversation.