National Geographic : 2016 May
PHOTO: DAVID GUTTENFELDER What draws you to a park? Wildlife? Landmarks? Ski trails? Scenery? National Geographic’s book The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks lists top-ten picks in 80 categories of park features—and Yellowstone is home to plenty of these superlative attractions. The Best in Yellowstone Planet Earth EXPLORE ACCESSIBLE TRAILS One of the park’s top trails for people with limited mobility begins at the fully accessible Old Faithful Inn and visitor center. The 1.5 -mile hike-bike path, accessible to wheelchairs, leads to Morning Glory Pool. BICYCLING For the brief period between mid-March and mid-April, as Yellow- stone’s roads thaw, cyclists have exclusive access to por- tions of them. For example, the route from the park’s West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs—thronged with ve- hicles in season—is reserved for nonmotorized traffic those few weeks. Once cars return, there are still paved and gravel trails designated for cyclists’ undisturbed exploration. FIELD TRIPS The Yellow- stone Association Institute offers park visitors a variety of educational experiences. Nat- uralists can learn about the park’s wolves, raptors, and bison; history buffs can learn about the horse-and-buggy Horseback riding is among the highly rated recreational activities in Yellowstone National Park.