What is it that makes the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem special? About 18 million acres of one of the last, nearly intact ecosystems in the Northern hemisphere.
Yellowstone’s Greater Ecosystem encompasses much more than Yellowstone National Park. It covers state area in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming including Grand Teton National Park, portions of five national forests, three national wildlife refuges and even tribal lands.
Here in the Tetons, we have 16 species of fish, 341 bird species, 61 mammals including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, along with humans. The way we interact with the ecosystem impacts generations to come. The best thing one can do is to go explore these areas to see how special they truly are, and in hope become conservationist and stewards of our public lands.
I spent the summer backpacking through the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem and wanted to share some photos of this incredible landscape.
Depending on the time of year, mosquito spray is highly recommended, this stuff with DEET actually works.
Want to see Wildlife, head here.
because sometimes you just want to take it all in.
Next on my hit list is this basin.
The real fun begins when the trail ends.
Always bring a headlamp or two along. I’ve been using the Petzl USB Charging Reactik.
it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
Possibly the best solo camping tent ever made. At (1 lb. 13 oz) it’s easy to backpack with.
Sometimes you see wildflowers.
or backpacking away from people.
To Be Continued.