The last few years, I have set my sights on travelling the week after labour day weekend when the tourist frenzy slows down for the year and the parks open up to less traffic.
In September 2019 was no exception.
I love adventure and travel, couple the opportunity to fly fish and I am sold.
A bucket list was to travel to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world (but it actually is not).
In research for this trip, I wanted the back country experience, fishing, wild life and the less beaten path.
Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. As you can imagine, with such a massive size, Yellowstone has many options.
With the availability of information in this day and age, it was quickly discovered there was no other option but to visit the LAMAR River Valley in the Northern section of the park.
The Lamar River is a tributary of the Yellowstone River, approximately 40 miles (64 km) long, in northwestern Wyoming in the United States. The river is located entirely within Yellowstone National Park.
Some of the best Cutt throat trout fishing in the world, wild life such as the largest herds of Bison left, Grizzly and Black bears, Antelope, Wolfs and so much more.
I set out, deciding to enter the north eastern entrance, I flew into Billings, Montana.
The drive was stunning, the drive takes you through Red Lodge to Cooke City and into YNP. The drive over the Beartooth is phenomenal, The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet (3,337 m) above sea level. It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.
I am going to keep this blog short and let this video explain as I captured most of the journey for my YouTube Channel :)
I hope you enjoy.