Pilgrimage: Hiking Through Yellowstone National Park
Pilgrimage: Hiking Through Yellowstone National Park

Lauren Nash

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My Pilgrimage: Hiking Through Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park was my first experience with a National Park, and after I was forever changed by the incredible views and scenery. Yellowstone inspired me to see more of the world, and I know it will do the same for you.

I lived in Idaho for over a year and during the end of my time there I had yet to visit Yellowstone National Park (just a meager 3 hours from where I was living). So many of my friends were appalled I’d never been, but the crowded sites and summer heat just never seemed appealing. However one day, I decided I was going to do it. I was going to tackle Yellowstone. I decided to plan my trip for the fall, to avoid the heavy tourism and beat the heat. Not only was I rewarded with a less crowded park, but the fall foliage was incredible. Another tip I learned from some locals was to park my car, and explore the park on foot. By doing this, I was able to hike to so many breathtaking views and truly enjoy nature. It also gave me unique views of big hits like Old Faithful and other park geysers.

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I was able to hike the back-country geysers. In my experience, these back-country geysers are some of the most beautiful miles of trail in the entire national park system. To hike this is not for the faint of heart, it required endless walking, nights of camping and days filled with exploring, but in the end it was one of my most rewarding travel experiences. Uninterrupted views of the geysers, and unlimited exploring access. I love including hikes in my travels, hiking offers unique views of your destination while allowing you to be active and explore the area in more personal ways. One of my all time favorite hiking quotes is:

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the tress.” – Henry David Thoreau

Yellowstone’s exquisite scenery and endless outdoor activities left me wanting more. Yellowstone sparked my passion for National Parks and now I have traveled to multiple National Parks and have many more on my bucket list. I loved Yellowstone’s unique combination of scenic hikes and views with an extraordinary amount of wildlife. Yellowstone truly is magical and one of a kind. If you love the outdoors, and exploring this beautiful world then you will fall in love with Yellowstone just like I did. 


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