For part 2 of my Yellowstone trip, I stayed a couple of days in the park and then the rest of the time at a private campground in Gardiner, MT – just outside of the West Yellowstone entrance. This side of Yellowstone is very different than where I was last week. More animals, less geysers.
When I checked into the private campground they warned me that a grizzly had been seen the last couple of days in the campground, along with some elk. Well, I never saw the grizzly but I did see the elk. For the most part they stayed next door on the Mormon church property.
I saw lots of bison and got in several bison jams. Just after I took the picture below, they started running towards me and it was a bit frightening until just before my car they veered off to the right going within feet of my car.
One day I decided was going to be my wildlife day. I woke up very early as dawn is one of the best times to see wildlife. It was a bit foggy, but that burned off quickly That day, I saw a coyote, 2 wolves (thru a spotting scope), elk, bison, pronghorns and big horn sheep. I had never seen pronghorn before this trip, they are an interesting animal.
I did visit some geysers and hot springs. I love the colors of the hot springs. Most of the colors are different types of bacteria.
I hiked one trail that was not in Yellowstone National Park. I hiked in the Tom Miner Basin which is in the Gallatin Petrified forest. This particular hike is among volcanic cliffs and caves. In one of the caves, there is a petrified tree in the ceiling. This is a view of the valley, the trail and the volcanic cliffs.