Now that the travel season is kicking into high gear, many families will be heading out to our National Parks, and especially, our beloved Yellowstone. What you may not know, is that Yellowstone offers many different packages, learning programs and special deals thoughout the year, varying from season to season and month to month.
Throughout May, they are offering a Wolf and Bear Discovery course. It is for ages 12 and up, and is described as “… your opportunity to delve into the world of Yellowstone’s wolves and bears. You’ll join an Institute naturalist guide for sunrise trips in Yellowstone’s Northern Range to look for these charismatic carnivores. During the day, you’ll take leisurely hikes in their habitat, learning about their behavior, ecology, and conservation. Throughout, you’ll be immersed in the beauty and wonders of Yellowstone in the spring.” Imagine the thrill of seeing wolves and bears in the wild!
There are family programs available for those of you with even younger children, and of course there is spectacular camping. Yellowstone offers 12 different campgrounds, many with RV dump stations (but no utility hook ups), and one, Fishing Bridge RV Park, that has fulll hook-ups. According to their website, “The Fishing Bridge RV Park provides approximately 340 sites designated for hard sided recreational vehicles only. This is because the RV park is located in bear habitat. Also because of its location, we ask that RV campers be especially diligent in their compliance with park food storage regulations.Sites are double-wide with a limited space for slide outs. Recreational vehicles up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated in the sites. All sites are open with back-in access. A pine forest surrounds the RV Park. Fishing Bridge RV Park offers full hookups (50 amp electric service, water and sewer hookups) There is a coin laundry and pay showers in the nearby Camper Services facility. Rates for this campground include 2 showers per night. An RV dump station is also available near the entrance.”
The National Park Service has a fantastic website, with loads of helpful information to aid you in planning your vacation. There is an especially helpful page with Visiting Yellowstone Orientation Video’s. There are videos to familiarize you with every aspect of planning your trip, from food/lodging and tools for exploring, to touring the different campgrounds. Yellowstone is a national treasure, and is an experience that we should all have at least once in our lives. If you haven’t yet been, or it’s been too long since you visited, Now is a great time to plan your vacation and take your family to experience this magical outdoor wonderland.