Spring Creek Ranch is conveniently located to two of the most captivating national parks in the United States. You can take off from Spring Creek for a day trip and see the lower loop of Yellowstone, the nation’s first national … Continue reading →
Friday was our first Yellowstone National Park excursion of the year as the South Gate opened for business. It was an extraordinary day with great geyser and wildlife sightings.
We were lucky enough to watch eruptions of Old Faithful, Beehive and Grand geysers; all beautiful and unique in their own way. One of the highlights of the day was watching a sow and cub grizzly bear digging for unknown food resources in Hayden Valley. The image shows the picturesque Upper Geyser Basin with Beehive erupting in the background.
This past weekend’s Wolf & Bear Safari was a big success with sightings of thirteen different mammal species including close sightings of a wolf and a grizzly bear.
The surprising theme of this excursion turned out to be Wildlife Swimming Across Rivers with sightings of a wolf swimming across the Lamar River and both coyote and grizzly swimming across the Yellowstone River. This image shows a coyote braving the cold waters of the Yellowstone River on Saturday.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks both have wildfires currently burning. This has led to a bit of haze across the landscape during the day, but created some amazing sunsets. On one of our recent excursions up to Yellowstone, we were able to see the largest fire currently burning Arnica fire, which has grown to almost 10,000 acres. This is the largest fire of the season, but, with forecasts for snow later in the week, may not last much longer.
On a typical Yellowstone National Park excursion we are able to see several geysers erupt throughout the day, but on this week’s trip we were able to observe a total of five. During our day, we watched Old Faithful, Beehive, Lion, Great Fountain and Clepsydra erupt.
Our wildlife sightings have also been consistently strong during our safaris and moose have been especially cooperative lately. There were several moose laying along the Snake River the other day, but this female proved to be the most photogenic.
Moose, pronghorn, bison, beaver and spectacular views of Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic hot springs were secondary on today’s unusual excursion to Yellowstone National Park.
President Barack Obama visited the world’s first national park and we were lucky enough to watch the most famous geyser in the world along with President Obama and his family. His arrival modified our itinerary slightly, but we still managed to experience some of the most interesting aspects of Yellowstone.