Having seen half of the south loop yesterday evening on our way to view Old Faithful, we decided to spend our second day in Yellowstone Park driving the northern loop past Mammoth Hot Springs. We figured it would take several hours and ended up taking all day.
As we drove into the park from the west entrance, very soon we were stuck in a slow moving lineup of cars, so it took us about an hour to travel the 14 km to the start of the loop. The good thing was we saw this elk beside the road and John was able to take this great photo since traffic was stopped. Hey wait – the elk was the one holding up traffic – Duh!
Nearing Mammoth Hot Springs, we passed through this odd looking terrain.
Mammoth Springs had some unusual formations as shown in the photos below. Interesting but I can’t see me ever painting these places… And I think we got the last parking space. Talk about lots of people!
From Mammoth Hot Springs we continued clockwise around the northern loop and stopped to photograph some gorgeous views.
We drove to an elevation of almost 9,000 ft through Dunraven Pass and saw lots of snow again, as well as more evidence of the 1988 forest fires.
Finally we reached the awesome Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River. Now we’re talkin’ great scenery! Gimme a waterfall over a geyser any day!