Adventures In Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Yellowstone National Park is a place that you can visit year round and have a completely different experience. Jon and I both have fond memories of visiting the park with our families when we were young, so we decided it was time to make those memories with our own children, too.
July was a great time to go and we were very fortunate to find a spot available in Colter Bay, just south of the entrance, for a week. With breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons, we enjoyed walking, swimming in the lake in the evenings, and seeing wildlife driving on our way to Yellowstone in the early mornings. And, if you are looking for the iconic “Old Faithful” to erupt, just give it time.
Summer can be a very busy time of year with many people coming to enjoy the parks and have camping experiences in the great outdoors. Because we wanted to have some less touristy times, we decided to wake up early and be on the hiking trails in the park by 7 or 7:30. The best part was that by the time the parking lots and trails started getting busy, we were on our way out.
By taking snacks and picnic lunches with us, we were able to enjoy more time exploring and minimized any time to wait in lines or at the restaurants. We were also back to camp early enough to cook some great meals, have campfires, ride bikes, walk, and enjoy sitting out and reading under the shade of the large pines. Stopping to enjoy and reflect can be some of the best moments of all.
If you want to visit Grand Teton or Yellowstone in the summer, enjoy these tips to have a great experience.
1. Wake up early and get your hiking in before it gets hot and crowded.
2. Take snacks and pack lunches to make the most of your time.
3. Bring water and extra water to stay hydrated.
4. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, clothes, and expect sulfer smells to really enjoy your time.
5. Take pictures and buy postcards of the places that are your favorite.
6. Mail postcards to friends and family to include them and share the experience.
7. If you get a chance to eat something with huckleberries in it, do it!
8. If something is on your heart to go do, DO IT! Tomorrow isn’t promised.
9. Dress in layers. It might be cool in the morning, but you many want to be swimming in the afternoon.
10. Take bug spray, sunscreen, and enjoy being unplugged. If you need to do some online work or check in, you can drive about 15 minutes outside the park and usually find good signal. Enjoy being in the moment and be present.
Enjoy exploring God’s great creation!
The Gunzel Family