5 New Spots To Explore This Summer in Yellowstone
If you have ever been to Yellowstone National Park, odds are good that you have visited some of the most popular sites, including Old Faithful. And while the top spots in Yellowstone are beautiful and well worth the trip, there are plenty of lesser-known sites worth a visit too. This summer, if you take a drive into the park, be sure to add one (or all) of these to your to-do list:
Take a Boat Tour of Yellowstone Lake
According to the National Park Service, Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation in North America. This natural lake covers a surface area of 132 square miles and is situated at 7,733 ft. above sea level. During the summer, from about June 15 to Sept. 13 guided boat tours of Yellowstone Lake are available. The cost of the tour is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Boats are also available to rent, or you can put your own in at Bridge Bay or Grant Village.
Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Walk the Rim
If you are looking for a great hike with excellent scenery, the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the perfect choice. The hike takes about one to two hours and is less physically demanding than some other hikes in the park. It also offers wonderful views of the canyon. The trail is open once the snow melts, so be sure to check ahead of time to ensure the trail is open when you visit.
Explore the Bechler Region
One area of the park that tends to receive fewer visitors is the Bechler Region, located in the southwest corner of Yellowstone. This region is not part of the grand loop and often doesn’t make the to-do list of travelers to the park – but it should. The Bechler Region is known for its abundance of waterfalls, as well as beautiful mountain views and wildlife. This region is an excellent place to take longer hikes and horseback trips. The Bechler Region is accessible through Ashton, Idaho.
Tour Fort Yellowstone
In 1890, Fort Yellowstone was established at the foot of the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces when the Army realized that their presence in Yellowstone was not just temporary. The park needed protection and the Army needed a more permanent post, so it developed one. Today, many of the stone and wooden structures developed during that time still exist in Yellowstone and park visitors can take self-guided tours of them. Information is available in the visitor’s center. The tour takes about an hour.
Visit Monument Geyser Basin
If seeing geysers is what you crave, you won’t want to miss Monument Geyser Basin. At Monument Geyser Basin, you can hike into a backcountry thermal area that features excellent views. The hike takes about three hours round trip and includes some steep elevation. The best time to hike this trail is once the snow melts.