Feb 182010

Erin and Kendra viewing bison in Yellowstone

Inspired by the BBC DVD on Yellowstone, I thought that it would be fun to do a family winter trip to America’s first national park. Two days later and we were on the road!

Yellowstone is just 10 hours drive from Canmore but with children that equates to 2 days.

There are advantages and disadvantages to coming in winter. One major advantage is that it is relatively easy to see wolves and other wildlife.

So far we have seen; wolves, a fox, bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, coyotes, big horn sheep, geese, bald eagles and some rabbits!

Part of the terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

The wildlife is surprisingly close, the bison have often stopped us as they cross the road and I was 200m away from a wolf kill and took photos of bald eagles, ravens, fox and coyotes as they stole food from the wolves.

The disadvantage of visiting in winter is that the roads to the premier geothermal areas such as Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring are closed, you can still visit those areas but you need to arrange a “snocoach” to take you there.

Fortunately, Mammoth Hot Springs is open and the terraces offer some amazing photo opportunities. Also, it is possible to cross country ski around the upper terrace which Erin and I did. It was really neat to be skiing around bubbling springs with amazing colours.

We’ll be heading home today but we’ve had a fun and memorable trip and I’ll definitely be back….

Bison in Yellowstone

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