And there are many small and large traffic jams. I got caught in a 45 minute traffic jam a couple of days ago. A large bison herd was grazing on both sides of the road along the side of the Yellowstone River. A brave Ranger was waving a small blue tarp at the ones who decided to take their time moseying across the road with limited success. Some idiot in a Jeep didn't shut down his engine as the road signs suggest, took his foot off the brake and rolled into the back of my toad.
There are quite a few small herds of elk scattered about the park. Some people will slam on their brakes, even in the middle of a curve, just to watch a single elk far off in a meadow.
When I worked for the summer after high school graduation at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton NP I tried to tour as much of the park as I could time and money permitting. I never got north or east of Old Faithful but am really enjoying discovering places like the water falls, Mammoth Hot Springs and Fort Yellowstone which I never even knew existed until this trip.
The roads are much better now than 56 years ago with numerous pullouts for wildlife watching. The animal population is different too. Back then I never saw an elk, moose or bison in the park. The big elk herd was around Jackson. The only moose I ever saw was near Jenny Lake. I don't think there were any grizzlies but there were quite a few black bears and they caused many "bear jams." As an employee trying to get to and from work or go about your other business in the park the bear jams were a major source of frustration. But, what ya' gonna do.
I still haven't seen a griz in the wild yet and really want to but preferably under my own terms. Where we are dispersed camping, alone since our camping buddies went back to their home in Montana, I have to remember to grab the bear spray and flashlight before stepping out the door into the pitch black darkness of the pine forest.
Just last night the DW thought she heard a growl from outside the coach.
It just doesn't get much better than this!
Originally Posted by Isaac-1
I hate to disagree with you, but it does matter where you go into Yelowstone, depending on what you want to see, Yellowstone is BIG, it can take a full day driving from dawn to dusk to make the grand loop if there are big animal slow downs.