D08 Cody Yellowstone NP
Published: 22/12/2019
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park (NP) is known for its geological phenomena, it contains half of all geothermal phenomena on earth. Yellowstone is known for its colored hot springs (sulfur springs), sulfur fumes and geysers. The most famous geizer is "Old Faithfull" who regularly
spray dozens of meters of boiling and steaming water into the air. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapiti deer live among other things. The most important route is the approximately 240 kilometer long (paved) 8-shaped Loop Road.

We start the route in the Shoshone National Forest, this is the first federally protected National Forest in the United States and covers nearly 2,500,000 hectares in the state of Wyoming. The first stop we do is at Dead Indian Overlook, you should definitely stop here. The view offers a wonderful view of the valley and the surrounding mountain peaks. The squirrels that are used to people will come to you hoping to get some food, it is better not to do this and let them find their natural food themselves. If it is not windy during your visit, you have experienced a rare moment. We drive on and soon arrive at the next stop, Sunlight Bridge Overlook, which offers an impressive view of an almost 90 meter deep gorge formed by Sunlight Creek that cuts through the granite. Because the gap is narrow, it is impossible to see the depth of the gap from your motorcycle - it is certainly worth the effort to park the motorcycle to enjoy the view.
The next longer stop is at Beartooth Cafe, you can stop here for coffee or lunch. This is located in the center of Soda Butte Valley and you have a nice view of the Beartooth Mountains. The next stop is at the Soda Butte Cone, the name "Soda Butte" comes from a large, largely dormant, hot spring cone that sits right next to the highway where Soda Butte Creek ends up in the Lamar Valley. The last wolves killed in Yellowstone during the eradication period of the wolves were killed near this hot spring cone. Nowadays wolves live in the area again.

We are now driving in Yellowstone National Park, which has an area of 8983 km², making it one of the largest national parks in the United States. We continue and then stop at the Forces of the Northern Range, walk this 1/2-mile Self-Guiding Trail on the Blacktail Deer Plateau and see and read how the forces of nature have shaped the land for you. We then stop in Mammoth for a drink while looking out at Capitol Hill. We also visit the Hot Springs Terraces, a large hot springs complex on a travertine hill in Yellowstone National Park adjacent to Fort Yellowstone and the historic Mammoth Hot Springs district. It was created for thousands of years as hot spring water cooled and deposited calcium carbonate.

We also stop at the Museum of the National Park Ranger, to visit the exhibitions about the history of the National Park Service and the forester. We also make a short stop at the Norris Geyser Basin Museum. Furthermore we stop at Gibbon Falls to take some pictures, here the water falls 26 meters down. The last stop before refueling and at the hotel is the viewpoint on Mount Haynes an impressive mountain of 2,505 meters.

In this 4-star route you will drive on beautiful good roads, a stop at Dead Indian Overlook and Soda Butte Cone is a must.

Yellowstone is situated on an exceptionally large volcanic structure; the Yellowstone caldera. The caldera was formed 640,000 years ago during the last eruption. The enormous amount of ash and rock (1,000 km³) that was released during this period covered the entire west of the United States. A crater of 48 kilometers wide and 72 kilometers long was created. The volcanic system is still active, although scientists consider it unlikely that the volcano will erupt again in a short time. The geysers and hot springs in the park are direct proofs of the volcanic activity. The region was once nicknamed: "the area where hell is bubbling up."

In the nineteenth century the first furriers and pioneers discovered Yellowstone. Their imaginative stories about boilers full of simmering mud and steaming geysers reaching the sky soon reached the east coast of America. In 1871, Ferdinand Hayden led an expedition to Yellowstone, which included the painter Thomas Moran and the photographer William H. Jackson. They brought back images that convinced the government that the area needed to be protected and preserved. In 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed a law that declared Yellowstone to be forever a "public park for the good of people's enjoyment." The first US national park was born!

Yellowstone National Park made world news in 1988 with the most devastating forest fires in its history. After an unprecedented dry and hot summer, 36 percent of the park was destroyed. Seeing the charred forests, the whole country feared the worst for the National Park Service flagship. But what appeared on television as the darkest hour in Yellowstone's history was only the dramatic high point of a natural ecological cycle. The fire brigade did its best to control the sea of fire as much as possible, but eventually let nature take its course in a controlled manner. The fires would rage for a long time, until rain in the autumn the fire died out. We now know that the dead trees have made way for young growth, which can again grow into a healthy forest unhindered. Whoever enters Yellowstone can still see the old burnt trees here and there, sometimes they form a spooky backdrop against the backdrop of limestone rocks.
Shoshone National Forrest
Yellowstone National Park
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By car or motorcycle through the Midwest of America, a journey that you do not just make, so also not 13 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Denver, Cheyenne, Rapid City (In August the Sturgis Bike Ralley, stay there for about 4 days), Yellowstone National Park, Estes Park and again Denver to also visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can remember with pleasure.

Do not forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, house keys, wallet, sunglasses.

Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Address list, Telephone number embassy, Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).