From Yellowstone we made our way south towards the Grand Tetons, hoping to get in another backcountry hike amidst some of our nation’s most scenic peaks. We stopped at the ranger station to get some hiking recommendations (we’ve learned this is a must-do – no matter the guidebooks in hand, rangers always have firsthand information about trail and weather conditions).
Yellowstone is a land of opposing forces. On the one hand it is wildlife sanctuary. The first land set aside to isolate it from the quickly developing west. The caretakers in Yellowstone go to great extents to minimize the impact of its human visitors. On the other hand it is a tourist destination.