Yellowstone-Canyon and Hayden Valley

We headed to The Canyon area this morning to view the Lower Falls. First up was Artist’s Point, made famous by Ansel Adams and Thomas Moran. This is the classic view of the falls.

This was followed up by the decent to the Lower Falls via the 300 steps of Uncle Tom’s Trail for an unparalleled view, rainbow and all of the falls. Going down was a breeze, but at 8000 ft above sea level, the steps back up were a different proposition.

Next onto Hayden Valley looking for wildlife. The Yellowstone river winds through this wide valley which is a haven for wildlife, before entering Yellowstone Lake.

Winding around the lake and up through the thermal region, we completed the lower loop of the park.

As the sun began to set we watched a herd of bison around Firehole Drive wandering around in the plumes of thermal steam before getting stuck in Yellowstone rush hour as a bison jam halted traffic for 30 minutes as the herd crossed the road.

markwarnes

Wales based photographer. Outdoors, nature, wildlife, travel

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