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?

by Matt, July 2022 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 […]

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 […]

10 Unique Gifts for National Park Lovers

by Matt, July 2022 Here in the Rockies, we’re surrounded by gorgeous parks that we’ve been visiting our entire lives! We love the parks, and you do as well. Here are our favorite gift ideas for you or the National Park lover in your life! Blankets A blanket is PERFECT for those long road trips […]

Does Yellowstone Require a Timed Reservation Ticket?

by Matt, June 2022 Popular national parks can get crowded during their busy seasons, so it’s important to make the necessary reservations before embarking on your trip. Not all parks have the same requirements when it comes to bookings and reservations, so it’s important to do the research for that specific park. If you’re planning […]

The best places to eat in each city of the Black Hills

by Matt, May 2022 A good vacation includes good food! If you’re visiting the Black Hills, you’re in luck, because there are many great restaurants to eat! There are MANY good places to eat all over the Black Hills; you’re never far away from good food. Custer seems to have most of the popular restaurants, […]

Can I Ride Horses in Yellowstone?

By Matt, Updated June 2022 Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s most beloved outdoor tourist attractions. Nestled between Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, it seems only fitting that visitors are inclined to experience this park on horseback, cowboy style. But can you ride horses in Yellowstone? Yellowstone permits visitors to travel on horseback around the […]