Did you know that Yellowstone is the oldest National Park in the United States? It was established in 1872 and was the first large landscape given formal protection in the world. Located just north of Jackson Hole, WY, this spectacular region is known for its abundant wildlife, famous geysers, and spectacular scenery. It also offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. If a trip to Yellowstone National Park is on your bucket list, you’re in luck – the journey is just as wonderful as the destination! Here are some things you need to know about traveling from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone.
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The southern portion of Yellowstone National Park is a short 60-minute drive from the Bentwood Inn. It’s also the most geographically unique part of the park. Guests can explore the Yellowstone Caldera (also known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano) which features geothermal hot spots, hot springs, geysers, and mud pots. You’ll even find some amazing waterfalls in this area. We are happy to recommend great trails for hiking and off-the-beaten-path driving tours to you before you begin your journey!
The route from the Bentwood Inn to Yellowstone takes you through Grand Teton National Park, often referred to as “Yellowstone’s little sister”. With beautiful geographical features like sky-high mountains, sprawling lakes, and deep canyons, this park is a must-see when you visit the Wild West. There are also tons of things to do in Grand Teton National Park such as scenic drives, backcountry hikes, cycling, and wildlife viewing tours. Don’t forget to spend a day exploring the park before continuing your trek to Yellowstone!
Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the world and is about 1.5 hours north of our lodge. This spectacular phenomenon is well worth the drive – every 93 minutes, Old Faithful shoots out almost 8,000 gallons of boiling water in a blast that can last up to five minutes. Although it’s not the largest or tallest geyser in the park, Old Faithful has become one of the most iconic landmarks in national park history. (Keep your camera ready!) After viewing Old Faithful, spend another hour or so strolling the boardwalk that winds around numerous hot spots, mud pots, and other geysers.
The best time to visit Yellowstone National Park is from April to May or from September to November. These seasons offer mild weather and fewer crowds. July and August are the most popular months to visit, as the kids are out of school and the weather is warm.
Don’t forget to stop at Dornan’s Spur Bar on your way back to Jackson Hole. This family-owned restaurant serves up great food, drinks, and some of the best sunset views in the valley! Then head home to our Jackson Hole B&B and rest up in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. You’ll even be treated to a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning! We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone.
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