A Family Affair: Vacationing in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Safety Tips
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Yellowstone National Park, bison
Bison crossing the road in Yellowstone National Park (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Yellowstone is bear country. And bison country. (Benign-looking, top-heavy bison can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour. Humans can’t.) Upon entering the park, visitors receive safety information cautioning against approaching wildlife and offering tips on food storage while camping in bear country; follow those guidelines carefully.

The geothermal areas that make Yellowstone such a magical place to visit are as dangerous as they are rare and delicate, so staying on boardwalks and trails is vital. Keep a close eye on toddlers while on the boardwalks near potentially scalding-hot thermal areas.

Finally, adhere to speed limits within the park, and not just because rangers will nab you for lead-footing it. Construction delays, traffic jams, and vehicles making sudden stops along mountain highways are common, as travelers pause to grab snapshots of resident wildlife, so use extra caution on the roads here.

Published: 26 Mar 2012 | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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