Yellowstone National Park
Grand Loop, North Side
The north end of Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road is only 18 miles long, but it travels through a lot of spectacular scenery. You might not find a lot of specific things to photograph on this part of the road, but instead, you'll enjoy a constant display of scenes like this one.
There are a couple of waterfalls along the road. I bypassed the trail to Wraith Falls (a 100-foot-tall cascade over rocks that requires an easy, one mile round trip hike), and instead stopped at Undine Falls.
You can view Undine Falls from the edge of the road. Undine Falls is about 60 feet high, and it spills over volcanic basalt rock.
After the falls, Lava Creek continues to tumble downhill.
The plan may change from year to year, but as of 2008, the only roads inside Yellowstone National Park to remain open year-round are the roads from the north entrance (at Gardiner) to the northeast entrance (at Cooke City). The rest of the park roads are closed to wheeled vehicles, but might be open to snowmobiles and snow coaches. Use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone remains controversial, so you should check with the NPS website before you go.
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