Montana Grizzly Encounter Review: an honest look 

The Montana Grizzly Encounter is a popular stop for many people on their way into Yellowstone National Park, or for those driving through Montana on I-90.   The Montana Grizzly Encounter is a bear rescue facility where you can see grizzly bears up close. If you’ve never seen a grizzly bear, this is a great […]

Bearizona: The best wildlife park we’ve ever visited

In this video, I provide an overview of this wonderful “bear park” located in Williams, Arizona, on the way to Grand Canyon National Park. For more on the Grand Canyon, see: The ultimate Grand Canyon itinerary 16 awesome things to do at the Grand Canyon Where to stay at the Grand Canyon: Options and our […]

Bozeman to Yellowstone: the best routes and things to see in Southern Montana

Many people who visit Yellowstone start their adventure by flying into Bozeman, Montana. In this article, I’ll help you know what you can do in Bozeman, as well as your options for driving to Yellowstone from Bozeman. Is Bozeman a good base to visit Yellowstone? Bozeman is NOT a good home base to visit Yellowstone […]

18 great things you can’t miss in Missoula, Montana (plus side trips)!

Missoula, Montana

We once spent an entire summer in Missoula, Montana, and it keeps bringing us back! Missoula, Montana is located in western Montana between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. It is tucked away among 5 different mountain ranges, all of which are accessible within a short drive from downtown. This beautiful town is the second largest […]

The complete guide to Yellowstone Lake & the Lake Area

by Matt, July 2022 Perhaps you’ve looked at the map of Yellowstone National Park and noticed the massive Yellowstone Lake and wondered, “What can I do at Yellowstone Lake?” Yellowstone Lake is NOT a place to swim; it’s too cold and dangerous for that. But it is a place to boat, fish, and have your […]

Do I Really Need Bear Spray in Yellowstone?

Yellowstone is one of the few places in the Lower 48 states with grizzly bears. Many Yellowstone “first-timers” often ask me if Yellowstone is safe to visit. What they really want to know is: How likely is a bear attack? Should I bring bear spray to Yellowstone? If you do any hiking or camping in […]

West Thumb & Grant Village: Yellowstone’s Secluded South

by Matt, July 2022 West Thumb is one of the more popular geyser areas in Yellowstone National Park, and nearby Grant Village offers places to stay, eat, and play.  With Lake Yellowstone and plenty of wildlife nearby, you’ll definitely want to consider putting West Thumb on your Yellowstone itinerary!  In this article, I’ll cover all […]

The Complete Guide to Old Faithful & Yellowstone’s Geyser Region

by Matt, July 2022 Old Faithful is Yellowstone’s most iconic feature. Bears & bison have both staked their claim to Yellowstone’s symbolism, but they’ve come and gone. True to its name, Old Faithful has always faithfully represented Yellowstone. This area of the park – the southwest portion of the Lower Loop – is the densest […]

The complete guide to Madison in Yellowstone National Park

The Madison area isn’t a major stop in Yellowstone, though Madison Valley is quite scenic and is a good place to see wildlife.  Though not a “must-see,” Madison is an underappreciated area in Yellowstone National Park. Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley get all the love, but Madison is nice as well! Things to do in Madison […]

The Complete Guide to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone


Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the more popular areas in Yellowstone National Park. The park headquarters are located in Mammoth, which is the largest village inside Yellowstone. Mammoth offers abundant wildlife (particularly elk, which roam the streets), a unique and massive geological feature, history, lodging, restaurants, and even a clinic! Welcome to my mom’s […]