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Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Yellowstone in Winter

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America’s natural wonders were chosen to be national parks to preserve their indigenous state. Yet, if you venture to places like Yellowstone in the summer, “forever wild” seems more like “forever congested.” Come winter, these same parks are virtually uninhabited, almost returning to their original state. Who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to cross-country ski or snowshoe with more bison and elk than homo sapiens? Now Yellowstone National Park Lodges has made it even more attractive, reducing their price at the lodge to $109 per person for a two-night stay. Rates include two breakfasts, a one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and skate rentals, in-park transportation, and guided tours. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel makes a great base to look for wolves in Lamar Valley or explore the wondrous travertine terraces just outside the front door of the lodging. Call 866-439-7375 and ask for the “Frosty Fun at Mammoth” package. The rates on the website were incorrect when I last checked.

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Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Bison

A bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

We’re blessed with 57 National Parks in America. Some, like
Yellowstone, attract more than 3 million visitors annually. Others like
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota are far less crowded,
leaving the canyons of the Badlands to the wildlife and the lucky few
who wander in. The North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt
receives only 50,000 to 60,000 visits a year. Heading south from
Watford City, I enter the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National
Park and soon I’m the only car driving along the Little Missouri River
on the 14-mile scenic drive. Within moment I spot a herd of at least 20
bison and pull over.

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