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This week, we finish off our Yellowstone Journey with the upper Grand Loop Road, including wonderful waterfalls, mud pots, and canyons. Plus, we have the top five campground office complaints, a new winterizing system, and so much more! This is the RV Miles Podcast.
Have you ever wondered what the most common things campers complain about at the campground office? Nanci Dixon, who is a regular camp host and a writer over at RVTravel.com, put together a list of top five complaints: https://www.rvtravel.com/rvofficecomplaints968/
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The final portion of our Yellowstone journey (Northern Half):
Canyon Area: Canyon Village, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Lower Yellowstone Falls The Lower Falls area is located just to the east of Canyon Village. A one-way loop drive takes you to the brink of the Grand Canyon and offers four views.
Lower Falls is the biggest waterfall in Yellowstone at 308 feet. It’s probably the second-most famous site in the park after Old Faithful. We took the Brink of the falls trail, which leads you down a steep set of paved switchbacks right to the drop-off. We then drove a bit further down the loop to see the falls from a distance. It’s a busy area, but well worth it.
Norris Geyser Basin Norris is one of our favorite spots. Steamboat Geyser is really interesting, whether it’s erupting or not. There are tons of noisy and interesting steam vents and pools in this area, and the milky Porcelain Basin is pretty spectacular. We thought it even looked like it was glowing in the early evening.
Artists Paint Pots: If Norris was our favorite area, the Artist Paint Pots were our kids. These muddy cauldrons spit hunks of sludge high in the air, and right towards you. It’s a 1.5 mile round-trip, and there are other thermal features in the area to see along the way. It’s also a spectacular sunset spot, overlooking a meadow that’s often full of Elk or Bison.
Mammoth: The Mammoth area is home to giant thermal constructions – like massive wedding cakes crafted through mineral deposits, all linked with boardwalk trails. The mammoth area is where the park headquarters is, and it’s home to many historic buildings, along with gift shops, restrooms, and restaurants.
Gardiner: You can make the 5-mile drive out of the park into the gateway town of Gardiner, Montana from the Mammoth area. When you do, you’ll pass a sign marking the 45th parallel, half-way between North Pole and Equator. You’ll get to see the historic Roosevelt Arch entrance, too. We picked up some to-go pizza from Outlaws Pizza and brought it over to Arch Park, where you can picnic in front of the Arch. There’s also a giant Yellowstone National Park entrance sign in downtown Gardiner overlooking the park, an excellent spot for a family photo.
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