Yellowstone is widely thought of as the United State’s first national park and often times the first place travelers to Cody, Wyoming want to visit. If this is true for you, please note that Yellowstone National Park is ONLY ACCESSIBLE from Cody DURING SUMMER months. But, oh what an access it is!
Once you depart from your comfortable Skyline Motor Inn accommodations, you’ll travel West through one of the most beautiful valleys; known as the Wapiti Valley, to the park’s East entrance. Wapiti is a Cree Indian word for elk, so sightings for this and other variety’s of wildlife known to this region are probable. You may want to plan an additional day’s journey just to take in all of the valley’s natural beauty, wildlife and the Smith Mansion; locally known as the ‘crazy house’.
The abundance of wildlife doesn’t end when you arrive to Yellowstone. With so many different ecosystems comprising the park, guests are likely to see any of the hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles that call this park home. Have the camera ready for photo opportunities of the local grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. Additionally, the forests, grasslands and waterways allow for unique plant life to exist is what could otherwise be considered a harsh environment.
Probably the best known feature of Yellowstone National Park is its geothermal feature known as the Old Faithful Geyser. It’s one of the most popular features in the park and brings thousands of visitors to the park each year. The fact that it faithfully ‘performs’ on a regular schedule means you can view its unique timeliness time and time again in one day. In between time, be sure and take advantage of all the recreational activities available while in the park.
Take in short or long hikes, go boating or fishing on one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America or simply sightsee from the comfort of your vehicle. Luckily, paved roads bring you close to many of the major geothermal areas, lakes and waterfalls. Just remember, you can only get this up close and personal with Yellowstone National Park from May to September.