Western national parks – The Virginian Pilot

Western national parks | submitted by Jon Hershelman of Virginia Beach

In April, the first stop of a 7,000-plus mile road trip was to the Grand Canyon to scatter my brother’s ashes in the Phantom Ranch/Silver Bridge area. From there it was Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton National Park, a journey that culminated with the mid-April opening of the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. With snows still retreating, much of the park remained closed. But geysers, including Old Faithful; thermal vents and pools, including Mammoth Hot Springs; and the Lamar Valley provide plenty to see. The trip highlight: While hiking the Specimen Ridge trail — and circumventing a herd of about 40 bison — I spotted a lone gray wolf loping through them.


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