VISIT YELLOWSTONENATIONAL PARK IN WINTERBy Linda Aksomitishttp://aksomitis.comhttp://guide2travel.ca
Snow Coach Tours• Only authorized snowmobiles and snow coaches may enter Yellowstone National Park during the winter• Winter travel is regulated to protect the environment• A final winter use policy is expected to be in place for winter 2012/13 - http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winteruse.htm
Yellowstone Vacations/Buffalo Bus Tours• Our snowcoach tour company• Guide – Doug Kiel – long time summer and winter guide at Yellowstone• http://www.yellowstonevacations.com/tours/yellowstone- national-park-winter-tours.aspx• 1-800-426-7669• Tour name – Old Faithful Explorer
Riverside Road – see a bald eagle – pairhas range in park
Following Madison River• Flows 180 miles to Three Forks, and joins with the Gallatin & Jefferson Rivers to form the Missouri River• Madison runs for 19 miles through Yellowstone National Park• Rivers don’t freeze over in the park• Water temperature upper 30s due to geysers• 70 to 100 million gallons of geyser water flow out of the park each day
Lodgepole pine dying due to changedflow of the hot water 150+ yrs agoRoots pull in moisture andminerals from water, sotrees whiten from silica inthe water, then roots turninto “cement.” First stage ofpetrification or silaciousforest – “bobby sox trees”and “silent dog forest.”
Whisky Flats – Bison grazing – 1st place inpark that grizzles comes
Series of geysers: Rusty, Fountain, and Island.