From Butte, we moved on to Yellowstone National Park, where we stayed in Baker's Hole Campground, right along the Madison River, 3 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT.
West Yellowstone was having a special exhibit of painted buffalo. I never got the story of where they were going. I think they are relocated each year around town.
The detail was amazing.
The first morning we took off to see some of Yellowstone. Along the way, we looked for wildlife. It wasn't long before we say a mother and baby elk.
A little further, and there was another "elk jam." See the center of attention right in the middle of the photo?
A closer look - I have never seen such big antlers!
At Madison Junction, we turned south and then took the side road along the Firehole River. This is Firehole Falls.
It's an amazing view coming into the park, especially on a cool morning when the steam is really flowing. The Yellowstone Caldera is the largest volcanic system in North America. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone.
We stopped first at Bisquit Basin, one of the many geyser basins in the park.
The colors are incredible.
The center of attention here is Sapphire Pool.
There are a lot of buffalo in the park, and the lone males seem to like walking along the road. Why not? It's a lot easier than forging your way through the brush...
Well, hi there!
We then made our way over to West Thumb Geyser Basin next to Yellowstone Lake.
The hot thermal water flows into the lake here.
There are 290 waterfalls at least 15 feet high in the park, so I hope you like them. I know Sondra does. This is Kepler Cascades, also in the Firehole River.