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?

Apr 3, 2012
Outside Magazine
Lone Star Geyser

Lone Star Geyser    Photo: Stephanie Coffman


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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