What to expect in Yellowstone National Park

Expect heavy crowds, long lines, people that get into your every shot, and slow-moving traffic. But with all that said, also expect some of the most amazing scenery you will ever see.
There is a reason Yellowstone is the 6th most visited National Park and receives over 3 million visitors per year. The beauty of this park is bewildering and the park is extremely diverse offering so much to see from its geysers to its landscape and to the wildlife native to the area.

Yellowstone National Park

If you do come here, make sure you have at least three full days to explore the area. The park is huge and you just can’t see it all in one day, or two, or even three. But at least with three days you can see a descent part of it.

Most people that come to this park just explore the short boardwalk hikes to the geysers which is fine, but just expect these board walks to be over-crowded. One way to avoid a bit of this is to start early. When it comes to mid-day, that’s when the park is at its busiest.

Also expect the camping to be booked up. Make sure if you do want to stay in the park, to book way in advance. Driving in and out of the park every day wastes a lot of time and money.It takes forever to get anywhere!!! I would try to plan ahead and secure a camping spot for a few days. Even think about moving your campsite as well. I know its a pain taking down your campsite and setting it back up but the park is huge and there is a lot to see. Imagine exploring far from your campsite and then having to drive all the way back, where if you move your campsite to different parts of the park, you can travel all around Yellowstone and have your campsite not too far away.

That’s what I did and it was great. I spent three nights in the park and each of the three nights I spent somewhere else so I could keep exploring and not have to go back to the same campsite every night. My best piece of advice is to plan your trip to Yellowstone and to not wing it. This isn’t one of those wing it kind of moments. Trust me. You will be driving very far and very long and it could end up as a trip from hell.

Just a tip. One of my favorite places was behind old faithful. It wasn’t seeing old faithful, it was the hundreds of geysers to admire behind it. There is a boardwalk, and this boardwalk brings you to hundreds of them of all different shapes, sizes and colors. It really is magnificent to see! For a topographic map of Yellowstone click here. 

There is a video on Yellowstone below!!!

Hope this article helps you on visiting this remarkable place!

If you are planning on going over to Teton National Park, you can read that article here!

Thank you for reading.


By | 2017-12-31T15:22:06+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|All Blog Entries, Destinations, National Parks, Trails, Wyoming|3 Comments

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Hi, I'm Shelly! A traveler, hiker and an outdoor enthusiast. My dream my whole life was to travel, so I stopped dreaming and started doing. I quit my job and I am currently doing whatever it takes to keep going. I'll pick up jobs along the way and do what it takes to keep being a full-time traveler! I can prove that you don't need to come from money or anywhere special to live your dream. You just have to have the power of your own life to finally say YES!


  1. Jack Cochran December 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    We go to parts of Yellowstone where No One goes…No cars, no people…If you grew up out here like I did you find out some the best places to go.
    If you email me personally I’ll let you know where they are as I’d rather not publish them on a public forum.

    Rock On Humans!

    • shelly December 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jack! Next time I go to that area, I will definitely contact you. That is amazing how Yellowstone was your back yard. I spent the summer in the Tetons and it was so delightful. I was able to hike almost every single maintained and un-maintained trail in the park, and got the chance to see the park in ways where most don’t. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      • Jack Cochran December 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        ~Be grateful, be wholesome, and always make your bed~

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