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.