National Trip - Yellowstone 5/20-23/21

Updated: May 26, 2021

Our first National Trip! This classic trip is fantastic for the whole family and May is the best time to avoid the crowds and see baby animals.

Directions: West Yellowstone 5 1/2 hr from Provo

Activities: Hiking, hot springs, wildlife viewing, geysers

The ULTIMATE National Park and the first! Only 5 hrs driving can get you to this beautiful iconic park. May is the best time to visit for baby wildlife (bison, elk, bears, and wolves) and the crowds are much less than the summer. It is cooler than summer and may have snow in the higher areas (keep that in mind if you will be camping). Best bet for wildlife viewing may simply be driving the roads of the park and stopping when you see someone with a scope or any group of people. Also, dusk and dawn are more active times for animals. The geysers are classic as well, fueled by a massive underground volcano system. This itinerary includes the classic geysers as well as some easy to moderate hikes for getting out there and seeing wildlife and the beautiful landscapes of Yellowstone. *There may be unforseen closures due to construction and bear activity. In 2021 all Visitor Centers were closed due to COVID.

Gear (4 days): Underwear/socks, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, fleece jacket, light waterproof jacket, puffy coat, hiking pants/shorts, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camelback or regular back pack, 2 Liters water bladder or water bottles, snacks, hiking shoes/boots, swimming suit, cooler, Parks Pass, headlamp/flashlight, camera, spotting scope/binoculars

Interactive Map for Download

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1 - Drive and Old Faithful Area

2 pm - Old Faithful (erupts every 90 min)

Hike boardwalk from Old Faithful to Morning Glory Pool 1.5 mi. (easy)

5 pm - Grand Prismatic Overlook - 1.2 mi RT (easy) Fairly Falls Trailhead

Trail Report

Optional hike: Fairy Falls - 4.8 mi round trip to 200 ft waterfall. Includes the Grand

Prismatic Overlook (moderate)

Optional Short Scenic Drive (on way back to West Yellowstone):

Firehole River Canyon Drive to Waterfall - (canyon/waterfalls)- 2

way road off the Grand Loop south of Madison, Firehole Falls Overlook at the

stop sign as you exit Firehole Drive. Can swim in this area in the summer.

Day 2 - Norris/Canyon Village Area

Optional Car Pull Over (on the way to Norris/Canyon Village Area):

Gibbons Falls (waterfalls) - 10 min before Artist Paint Pots