Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are two of our favorite national parks! We are excited to be able to visit them again. It has been a dream of ours for years to bring our camper here and be able to “stay a while”.
Theodore Roosevelt called the drive from Cody, WY to Yellowstone’s east entrance “the fifty most beautiful miles in America” and we would agree with his characterization.
This scenic highway, called the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, passes through the Shoshone National Forest. Our route took us through the Wapiti Valley and along the Shoshone River.
This charming canyon provided us with gorgeous vistas and delivered us to the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Although we have visited Yellowstone NP several times, we had never been to this section of the park before. As we entered the park, we had some amazing views of Yellowstone Lake with the Tetons in the distance.
Not long after we entered the park, we saw two bison and a male elk with a full set of antlers grazing along the side of the road. Later, a female elk crossed the road in front of us. In Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, you have to keep one eye on the road and another eye watching for wildlife.
Yesterday morning we got an early start because we wanted to secure a spot at the Colter Bay RV campground in Grand Tetons NP and they are only “first-come, first-served” campsites. We were able to secure a site for the next 10 days. We loved the host’s response when we said “10 days”. We felt lucky because there were at least 20 campers lined up behind us trying to get in and all sites were taken by later that day.
This will be a new experience for us to “dry camp” for 10 days without water or electric hookups and to be truly self-contained. David set up the generators for the first time and we filled the Bighorn water tank up before driving to our site.
After we got set up, we enjoyed a walk down to the Colter Bay Marina.
It was a perfect day. The temperature was in the lower 80’s and there was no humidity. Tonight it will be chilly since the temperature will fall to about 48 degrees.
We are very excited about being able to spend more time in this area.
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Been there and loved it. Spent some time in the Tetons then joined the kids and families at a house along that 50 miles. We had a little over a week there. We are envious.
Love your pictures, especially the first and last ones on this post. Continue to have a great time!
Hi Celia and David, Ed and I are enjoying your pictures and your Blog. Thanks so much for sharing! We have been to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, but just for two days. We would love to spend more time there and look forward to more pictures and stories. Have a great time!
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons are fabulous parks. We are so blessed to have such wonderful national parks.
Thanks for your kind words and for following our adventures!
We stayed in a Colter Bay cabin this past May. Two years ago we drove on the same route you took this. I would agree it is beautiful. We are jealous, would have loved to spend ten days there. We saw a grizzly mom and two cubs on the road close to the entrance to Colter Bay area. I would guess they have moved by now. Love your pictures.
Bob & Marilyn
Thanks for the kudos on the pictures. We have talked to folks who have see the grizzly and the cubs, but we have missed them so far. They actually have electronic road signs indicating about the bear family ahead and to drive slowly.
They are probably the same ones we saw when we were there except they were up around the entrance to Colter Bay Marina. When they are close to the road you will see lots of people lined up and traffic backed up. The only thing we didn’t see we really wanted to see was a moose.
I have never been to Yellowstone, but certainly seems like a great place to put on my to go list.