What's the best way to beat the crowds in Yellowstone?

What is the best way to escape the crowds on my trip to Yellowstone this summer?

Lone Star Geyser     Photo: Stephanie Coffman

A:Skip the famous geysers
If you don’t make it to the 142-mile Grand Loop Road early to catch the famous Yellowstone geysers, forget about even trying to see them. Instead, hike to a backcountry geyser. One favorite is a five-mile out-and-back climb through quiet meadows and old-growth pine stands to Lone Star geyser, which erupts roughly every three hours. The hike begins just off the road between Old Faithful and the West Thumb geothermal area.  

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