Tips and Tricks from a Seasoned Yellowstone Employee with 10 Best Hikes

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10424335_10203282713407329_5437186434933099255_n Backcountry campsite 2S1 on Lower Slough Creek

Contrary to popular belief, Yellowstone National Park is not a drive through wildlife safari or petting zoo. The animals will bite, gore and tear you to shreds if you pet them while taking a selfie.

I’ve spent 2 summers working at Canyon Lodge and Lake Lodge engaging with hundreds of visitors per day. I haven’t seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen a father put his 2 year old on the back of a bison laying down for a photo op, cars with all four doors open stopped in the middle of the road with the passengers all taking pictures of the mamma bear and cubs 20 ft away, tourists trying to pet the newborn elk with the mother charging towards them, visitors doing handstands off trail on the edge of the very unstable Grand Canyon, families who yell at me…

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