Yellowstone National Park Review: Get outdoors – It does a body good!


“Balance Your Life” is a regular Monday morning feature here at Pure Grace Farms. I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies to offer a few ways to bring balance to your life. The goal is to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.


  • Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.
  • Body is covered by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to get the body moving.
  • I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food.
  • Mind comes from Christina & Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts, book reviews,  games and activities to build memory.

Today we are switching it up a bit so don’t be surprised when you visit and find we are all covering different topics.  Kinda keeps us on our toes!

I hope visiting all four blogs enriches your experience at Pure Grace Farms, helping to add a little balance to your life.


Yellowstone National Park Review

I am unboreable in the great outdoors. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

Today marks the first day of fall and the weather is changing quickly here in Idaho. Tim and I were eager to get in one last camping venture before packing up the trailer for the year, so off we headed for Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park Review The trip was everything we hoped it would be. The colors were spectacular, the animals active and the weather perfect. I am excited to share it with you and pass on some information you may find useful when you plan your next trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park Review Yellowstone National Park Fees

The fees to enter the park cover a 7 day period and include the Grand Teton National Park as well. There are several entrances to the park and it is possible to go in and out during your 7 day period, so be sure to save your admission receipt to prevent being charged an additional entrance fee when returning to the park.

  • Private vehicle – $25.00
  • Motorcycle or Snowmobile – $20.00
  • Bicycle, pedestrian, skiing, etc. – $16.00

An annual pass can be purchased for $50.00 if you plan on staying longer than 7 days or visiting more than once in a year. For more detailed information and other discounts see The National Park Service: Yellowstone Fees, Reservations, & Permits

Yellowstone National Park Review Hours of Operation

Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, each season has its own special attraction in Yellowstone. The North and Northeast entrances to the park remain open all year for winter activities like skiing, snowmobiling and wild life viewing. The other entrances close around the end of October to mid November depending on the weather and road conditions. Each year is different so be sure to check ahead of time when planning dates for your trip. For Opening Hours & Seasons see The National Park Service: Yellowstone Opening Hours & Seasons

Yellowstone National Park Review West Yellowstone 

Our trip to the park started with us entering at the West Entrance of the park. We came through West Yellowstone, a quaint little tourist town.  The area had plenty of restaurants ranging from inexpensive to pricey. There were fast food restaurants like McDonalds, local burger joints and pizza. Most of the cafes and dinner houses are a bit steep, so be prepared. 

There are many options for lodging in West Yellowstone if you are looking for a place to stay outside the park and only plan on venturing into the park during the day. All major areas of the park can easily be reached in a day drive and the 7 day pass makes this a feasible option. Especially when reservations may be hard to come by. For more information on West Yellowstone see West Yellowstone, Montana

Inside the park there are several choices for sleeping. Campsites, RV parks, cabins and lodges are available. Reservations are a necessity if you want to stay in a cabin or one of the lodges as most are booked way in advance. Reservations are strongly recommended for campsites too, especially during peak season. For more information on where to stay see Yellowstone National Park Service: Eating and Sleeping

Yellowstone National Park Review Things To Do In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone has plenty of activities; there is camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, skiing, ranger led activities and horseback riding to name a few. Each season has its own special flavor. I loved visiting Yellowstone towards the end of September. The leaves were turning, the animals were active and the weather was perfect! I can’t wait to visit again during spring, summer and winter to discover the magic those seasons hold too. For more information on Things to do see The National Park Service Yellowstone Things To Do


Yellowstone National Park Review Places to Go in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is filled with places to go. Here’s a few recommendations of places you won’t want to miss.

  • Old Faithful – A geyser that erupts every 60 – 110 minutes. The geyser erupts about 17 times a day, it’s height averaging about 130 feet.  Their is an exhibit near the geyser that is free to walk through and does a very good job of explaining the phenomena of geysers and how they are formed. Yellowstone National Park Review  
  • Looking for bear, wolves and plenty of wildlife? Lamar Valley is the place to be. It is located in the Northeast end of the park but well worth the extra time to get there. Yellowstone National Park Review
  • The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtakingly beautiful with plenty of walking trails to see it up close and personal. Bring a picnic and enjoy some pretty spectacular views. Yellowstone National Park Review

For more information on places to go in Yellowstone see The National Park Service: Yellowstone Places To Go

Yellowstone National Park Review Visiting the Grand Tetons

If you have the time you may want to consider visiting the Grand Teton National Park as well. The Teton Range rises above beautiful alpine country and pristine mountain lakes. A sight to behold. The park holds extraordinary wildlife and has plenty of camping areas and hiking trails to keep the most adventurous happy.

Yellowstone National Park Review For more information on the Grand Teton National Park see The Grand Teton National Park

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  1. says


    Your pictures are beautiful. When one of our kids graduates from high school or college, they get to pick our vacation spot for the summer they graduate. Casey will be graduating from high school this school season. He asked me if we could go to Yellow Stone National Park. He would love to see the Bison. He really thinks he wants to be a BISON farmer one day as a hobby. Hopefully, after he goes to medical school and gets a job to support this expensive hobby. Anyway, we have never been to Yellow Stone and are thinking about it. Again, your pictures are beautiful. I cannot wait to show him after he gets home from football this evening.

    Diane Roark

  2. Robin Disney says

    Neither my husband nor I have ever been to Yellowstone, but we plan to do so sometime in the next few years. Your beautiful pictures make me wish we were going tomorrow! Thank you for sharing! About the senior pass – my husband had found out that at age 62 you can buy a senior lifetime National Park pass for $10. He was counting the days until his 62nd birthday on June 29 of this year. So, on his birthday, we headed over to the Grant’s Historical Site, which is part of the National Park System, in St. Louis, MO and he happily purchased his pass. The ranger said it depends on which park we visit that some parks may let the park pass holder bring in a “guest” on their pass. No guarantees on that though. We can’t wait to start planning our trip!

    • says

      I am going to look into the passes. We have a few years to go, but not many. It is our hope that someday we can tour the country and visit all the major National parks. A discounted pass would be great.

  3. Barbara Keckler says

    Just a little tip ~ if you are retiree or in that age group, you can contact the Forest Service and get a free lifetime pass that will get you into Yellowstone or any other national park.

    • says

      I love this tip Barbara. Thank you for sharing it. It is definitely worth editing my post so everyone will see the great information. Tim has a few more years to go but I will remember this one! Thanks for sharing and the wonderful tour this past week too!

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