Top positive review
9 people found this helpful
Go off the beaten path!
on October 16, 2014
I took a cross-country road trip this summer, and armed myself with this book to go to Yellowstone. My boyfriend and I wanted to see Yellowstone in a medium-difficulty level -- that is, not just from the car and basic walks, but also not in significant multi-day backpacking trips, and this book was perfect.
"A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes" has many excellent options for half-day and full-day hikes that offer the Yellowstone visitor the option to go off the beaten path enough to experience the backcountry in all of its magnificence and solitude. The authors are right - as soon as you walk five minutes off the main trail, you barely see anyone! We went in July (very busy time) and this was still the case. After a day of fighting mobs at the geysers, there is nothing you want more in the world.
The "naturalist notes" are lovely. I really enjoyed reading these, as they are well-written and offer a different view into the history and surroundings on the different hikes. They aren't just for pleasure, however, as you can get a real sense of what type of hike you are going to go on before you embark, and offer a really pleasant addition to the normal hiking information. The maps and practical information is all pretty much up to date and very helpful. One of the hikes, the Imperial Geyser with a backcountry loop, had a new thermal feature that basically made the normal trail impassible, but the map in the book with elevation and other information helped us find our way back to the correct place.
I would definitely recommend this book for people who want a unique experience of Yellowstone and not just the small, overly-crowded stops that most people take. Yellowstone is an amazing National Park, and this book helped us navigate it well!