Located in the protected western end of Yellowstone Lake, the West Thumb Geyser Basin is the largest geothermal area located on the lake. As you likely know, Yellowstone National Park is full of amazing places to visit, and all of them are different. While not nearly as popular as areas like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Old Faithful, the West Thumb Geyser Basin has unbelievable color and a variety of features that are packed into a relatively small space.
Travel has come to a halt as most of us self-quarantine and practice social distancing; however, that doesn’t mean we have to stop exploring our national parks. No, it’s not quite the same as hitting the trail, but we can channel our national park wanderlust from the comfort of our couches. Films and series featuring our national parks can be streamed on a variety of different TV services. Some short films and TV series can even be accessed via the internet.
Situated just north of Flagstaff, Arizona is the little-known Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. This beautiful monument with rugged landscape is dwarfed by its more popular neighbor to the northwest, Grand Canyon National Park. In fact, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument receives less than 2% of the visitors that make their way to Grand Canyon each year.
The Hidden Lake Trail in Glacier National Park is one of the best hiking experiences we’ve ever had.
This trail moves through amazing scenery, has an abundance of mountain wildlife and takes hikers on both sides of the continental divide. On the way up you’ll be filled with anticipation, and on the way down to the lake you’ll be awestruck by the scenery the entire time.
While there are some things that you’ll need to know and be prepared for, we highly recommend taking this hike the entire way (or at least to the Hidden Lake Overlook) while visiting Glacier National Park.
Capitol Reef National Park is located near Torrey, Utah. If you haven’t been to Capitol Reef, it’s likely that you’ve never even heard of Torrey. Torrey is located roughly 11 miles away from the Visitor Center for the park, about 2.5 hours from Moab, UT (the nearest “large” city) and just over 3 hours from Salt Lake City, UT.
While packing for your visit to Capitol Reef National Park isn’t too hard, it helps to have a few tips to help make sure you are well prepared. Here are a few of the things that we think are "must haves" when planning a trip to Captiol Reef National Park!