We are excited to announce that Yellowstone Insider for Families has been updated for 2017—and is available in print!
We released this guidebook last spring as a way to help families make the most of a trip to Yellowstone National Park—a once in a lifetime experience for some and a continually rewarding experience for many. The new print edition, measuring four by seven inches, is an ideal pocket companion or a slim fit in your traveling bag.
Inside, you’ll find up-to-date information on Yellowstone National Park, guidance on where to eat and stay, as well as “insider tips” ranging from where to take the best selfies to how best to appreciate wildlife i.e. from a distance. Included as well are fun facts from Yellowstone’s long, stunning history.
It’s not easy visiting Yellowstone; even with new hotels, repaved roads, and promises of bolstered cell access forthcoming, it’s not as accommodating as your average vacation spot. For the so-called “wired family,” wedded to their tablets and smartphones and laptops, a visit to Yellowstone may be the last thing they want.
On the contrary: a visit to Yellowstone is exactly what the wired family needs.
I have cherished Yellowstone since I was a young lad, when I first went trotting out onto the boardwalks of the Upper Geyser Basin, awestruck by the likes of Castle Geyser and the play of plumes in the distance. Some parents may be concerned their kids won’t take to the Park. To those parents, I say: let me reassure you. I too was a recalcitrant child the first time I visited Yellowstone, a story I relate in Yellowstone Insider for Families:
My family, especially my father and I, has visited Yellowstone National Park quite often. On one of our first visits, when I was six years old, I remember a moment that sort of crystallized the whole of the Yellowstone experience for me. We were out on the Upper Geyser Basin. The day was hot and sunny, and I was tired. On the way to the back part of the basin, I grew petulant and started complaining that my feet hurt.
My father wanted to go see Morning Glory Pool, and I was having none of it. I wanted to turn around, or stop and rest for a few hours, whereas my father was adamant that we go back and see the pool. He wasn’t being stubborn; I was. After a feeble attempt to try and get him to carry me, I relented and trudged back to the pool, complaining that I wouldn’t like it, that it was just a stupid pool of water.
When we got back to Morning Glory, I couldn’t look away. It was beautiful, and I didn’t want to leave. And now that I’m older, I don’t have to. Yellowstone National Park inoculated in me a sense of wonder that had no outlet or means of expression. It was a blessing, not so much to be dragged as be persuaded to trudge to Morning Glory.
Even if your family’s experiences aren’t as extreme as mine, you should take to heart that a Yellowstone vacation will provide an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and sublime scenery in the world and the chance to introduce your children to a nature they can’t find in their backyard.