Summer is a time for you and your family to go on vacation, explore new places, and enjoy the outdoors. With so many options open to us as RVers (and pet parents), it can be hard to choose where to spend our time. One option that just opened up this year is Yellowstone National Park!
The many sights in Yellowstone National Park are second to none. From the incredible wildlife and epic landscapes, it’s no wonder why millions of people go there every year! For some, though, a trip is an experience they have been waiting their whole life for.
A brief History tour
Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in America. Established on March 1, 1872, and located mainly in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park spans 3,472 square miles with a varied topography ranging from pine forests to hot springs.
The origins of this beautiful site can be traced back as far as 12 million years ago when massive eruptions erupted once every thousand years or so for over 200 hundred thousand hours! This caused rivers to form, which eventually became known by Native Americans who inhabited the region long before European settlers arrived. These natural features were periodically flooded by huge volumes of water rushing down mountain slopes during heavy rainstorms.
Though Yellowstone is filled with plenty of beautiful destinations, we handpicked 7 beautiful destinations to guide you in your trip.
1. West Thumb Geyser Basin
West Thumb geyser basin features some interesting thermal features, including several which are in Yellowstone Lake itself. Several hiking trails begin at West Thumb Geyser Basin and are frequented by bison, elk, and bears. This region is home to some of the most stunning natural features and geothermal activity found anywhere on earth.
2. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone may not be as big as Arizona’s, but it is nonetheless breathtaking. The Lower Falls on the Northside is 308 feet high and a favorite photo spot for tourists. The North and South sides of the Canyon have numerous vantage points, and we recommend you to take the time to view the beauty from both sides.
3. The Hayden Valley
The Hayden Valley is the most popular place in Yellowstone National Park and the first place to go if you want a glimpse of Yellowstone’s wildlife. The scattered elk, herds of bison, and grizzly bears will never fail to amaze you. Also, it is impossible to miss the waterfowl like ducks, geese, and pelicans either swimming or lounging by the river.
4. Lamar Valley
If you are looking for a big spectacle, Lamar Valley has it all! From elk to wolves and everything in between, this valley is home to just about every animal species. Visit early morning or stay late into the night and be rewarded with some of nature’s most beautiful creatures walking right before your very eyes. If you like to see nature’s majestic soldiers, wolves, Lamar Valley is the right place.
5. Old Faithful
A visit to Yellowstone National Park is not complete until you have witnessed the Old Faithful erupt for at least one time. Despite its short intervals, this geyser has become a symbol of hope and peace in an otherwise unforgiving environment. Also, be sure to visit the Old Faithful Inn, which is the most impressive human structure in Yellowstone.
6. Mammoth Hot Springs
The Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park is one of many geysers and hot springs found throughout the park. They provide a relaxing backdrop for an RV trip to Yellowstone, as well as providing great opportunities to take pictures with your pup!
It is also the Park headquarters that radiates history, featuring some of the oldest buildings. Do not forget to drop by the Visitor’s Center, where you can watch a film or browse an exhibit about historical happenings at this land that we all share with animals like grizzly bears. WARNING: Don’t get too close if they’re around!
7. Tower fall
Tower Fall is a famous waterfall in Yellowstone National Park, and it is easy to see why. With its majestic views and the gentle sound of crashing water, Tower Fall has been an iconic symbol since the early 1800s. The short hike down will take you on the path that was used before roads were built – so you not only enjoy the amazing beauty but also get some exercise!
Is Yellowstone Pet-friendly?
The keepers of Yellowstone National Park, the people who work there to manage it for future generations, are always careful about how visitors interact with nature. One way is by strictly enforcing rules on pets in the park. Dogs have their own set of guidelines and regulations that they must follow around national parks. Pets inside the park cannot be more than 100 feet from a road or parking area, and when outside the vehicle (if you do bring them), they’ll need to stay within 6-foot leashes at all times.
Leaving your pets outside unattended is not okay, and you should be extra careful when you leave them in your RV/Car. That’s when the Waggle Pet Temperature Monitor comes to your aid. With Waggle, keep your pets comfortable and safe when you are away. Monitor temperature, heat index, humidity and get instant alerts if the temperature in your RV exceeds the set level or in case of RV power loss.
Trust Waggle for safe and fun RVing with your fur kids. Hope you have a fun-filled vacation!