cross country skiing
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
There's a little bit of everything Yellowstone has to offer on this mellow loop trail - meadows, geothermal activity, ponds, canyon, waterfalls, river... Added on Uncle Tom's trail, several reading breaks, and a couple offshoots to bring this up to 5 miles in 2 hours.
The south rim trail is a great way to experience the Canyon, which was one of our favorite parts of Yellowstone. There are great views of the waterfalls, and the trek down the steep stairs of Uncle Tom's Trail gives another vantage and is worth checking out.
This was a 3 day guided canoe trip. If you enjoy disconnecting from civilization for a few days and seeing some wonderful sights without too much hiking, this is an excellent trip.
The first lake is great practice and leaving in the morning increases your odds of good weather. The river is pleasant but the last mile or so is tugging your canoe up a gentle currant as the water level is low. The first several hundred yards of this is fairly rocky, so good shoes are recommended. You make camp on Shoshone lake - there are only a dozen or so reserved campgrounds, so you have tons of space to yourself. On day 2 you head to the end of the lake where there is a very dense cluster of thermal features - very interesting stuff! You head back to camp. Day 3 is basically just heading back to where you started. Depending on the time of year (water level) you might even be able to stay in your canoe down the whole river.
We had a great guide who did the planning for us. I highly recommend finding a guide to do this trip as they'll know the ins and outs, which permits are needed, food, etc!