Yellowstone National Park's Grand Loop Road forms a figure 8 in the center of the park. We entered from the Northeast Entrance through Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana.
When we reached the east side of the Upper Loop, we dropped south a couple of miles to visit Tower Falls. After the long drive over the Beartooth Highway and then through Lamar Valley to the junction with the Upper Loop, Doug was ready for some ice cream at the Tower Fall General Store. To our dismay, the store was already closed for the season.
The beauty of the falls made up for the lack of ice cream. The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles, is very picturesque.
Driving north again on the Upper Loop, we soon came to the beautiful Undine Falls.
September is the season for the elk rut (mating season). On previous visits, it was common to see groups of elk throughout the national park. It's not so common anymore, most likely due to the reintroduction of wolves into the park several years ago. But there was no shortage of elk around Mammoth Hot Springs. When we reached the Mammoth Hot Springs historic district, we found the largest group of elk that we were to see anywhere on this trip.
This bull looked totally whipped.
Rustic Falls, located just south of Mammoth Hot Springs, on the western side of the Upper Loop.
Gibbon Falls, near Madison Junction
We spotted this Bald Eagle along the West Entrance Road the following morning.
A short side trip through the Firehole Canyon, on the west side of the Lower Loop, led to Firehole Falls, pictured above.
Mule deer in the Firehole River
There is so much beauty in Yellowstone National Park that it's hard to pick a few representative pictures to share on the blog. So, of course, there are more to come.