October 5th was the day to move our lodging base from West Yellowstone to Gardiner, MT. The route we had intended to follow utilized the park highway from Norris Junction to Mammoth. But we found that road to be closed for construction which meant taking the longer route from Norris Junction to Canyon Junction, then over Dunraven Pass to Tower Junction and on to Mammoth.
As it worked out this was quite fortuitous since on our later return trip from Gardiner to Old Faithful we were unable to use the Dunraven Pass road because of snow. Thus, without the unexpected detour we might not have had a chance to visit the dramatically beautiful Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
It had snowed lightly the night before our departure from West Yellowstone so the drive was quite beautiful thanks to a dusting of white on the landscape. We stopped at a pullout near the Artists' Paintpots to make some photographs.