The Gallatin, a beautiful river which runs along the west side of Yellowstone National Park, boasts 3k trout per river mile. A couple of them might be a little smarter now.
The crowds were intense in Yellowstone National Park and we stayed only one night.
In much of the park it seems as if the heat of the earth is everywhere trying to escape. The steam of Yellowstone’s grand caldera is especially visible in colder temps - a nice reward for traveling at dawn.
From Jackson we drove southeast through the scenic Hoback River valley, with the Wind River Mountains to the east. At the end of the day we landed in the extreme northwestern corner of Colorado, at a place we’d been curious about, the 12k-acre Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge.
Powerful winds brought the sand which formed the dunes over tens of thousands of years, and continues to shape and build them, up to 750 feet high. The blowing sand also quickly covers any tracks of humans or tiger beetles (or other resident creatures, such as coyotes, mountain lion, elk, and deer). It was dry and windy and beautiful during our stay.