2017 US Route 89 Calendar Cover

2017 Calendar: US Route 89 National Parks & Monuments

2017 calendar featuring photographs of the National Parks and Monuments along US Route 89 by James Cowlin

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String Lake, Grand Teton National Park

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: String Lake Trail

We were fortunate on our first visit to Grand Teton National Park to be there in the fall when the leaves were turning. After a couple of days of exploring the park, we discovered the String Lake Trail. It proved ideal for viewing the trees in fall dress from up close and at a distance. […]

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Grand Ganyon of the Yellowstone from Grand View, Yellowstone National Park

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is justifiably famous for its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots. But I was surprised when on the first morning of our first visit to the park, we drove to a viewpoint overlooking the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the brilliantly colored slopes of […]

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Town Square, Jackson, Wyoming

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Jackson Town Square

Although it is called Town Square by the locals, it is officially the George Washington Memorial Park. The park in the middle of Jackson, Wyoming, got that designation on the 200th anniversary of America’s first president’s birth in 1932. However Jackson Town Square is definitely better know for the arches made from elk antlers that […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Artists Paint Pots

I think it is the name that keeps drawing us back to this small geyser basin. Artists Paint Pots implies colorful displays and that is certainly true. Each time we have visited Yellowstone National Park, we have managed to walk the short trail that circles the basin. And each time I have discovered another steaming […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Yellowstone Buffalo

Yellowstone National Park is famous for many things among which is the wildlife. It is quite common to be driving on one of the park roads and all of a sudden find the road completely block with cars and people standing around looking at a bear or a wolf. One of the largest attractions are […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: West Thumb Geyser Basin

We arrived at West Thumb late on an August afternoon. The weather had been steadily deteriorating all day. Barbara exclaimed, “It’s snowing!” Not exactly. It was sleet but it seemed cold enough for snow—perfect weather for photographing in Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park with its steaming hot springs, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots in one […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Schwabacher’s Landing

US Route 89 in Grand Teton National Park parallels the Snake River to the east and offers spectacular views of the Tetons. There are several turnouts along the road from which to photograph the mountains with the river in the foreground. However there are only a couple of locations where you can get down to […]

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What Drives Volcanism Near Yellowstone National Park?

by Wayne Ranney Anyone who has visited Yellowstone National Park knows that volcanism is the primary shaper of the landscape there. Volcanic processes drive the numerous geysers and mud pots, are responsible for much of the earthquake activity, and have created many of the rocks observed in the central part of the park. No one […]

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US Route 89 Attraction: Salt River Pass

In today’s world of high speed automobile travel it is hard to imagine how important mountain passes were to to the pioneers who crossed the Rocky Mountains during the westward migration of the 19th century. In southwestern Wyoming, US Route 89 crosses between the Gannett Hills and the Salt River Range through Salt River Pass. […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Afton’s Elkhorn Arch

You don’t need any complicated directions to find the Elkhorn Arch in Afton, Wyoming. Drive into town on US Route 89 and there it is spanning Washington Street in the middle of town. According to a nearby sign, the arch is 75 feet long and 18 feet high. It is composed of over 3,000 elk […]

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The Craft Beer Brewers of US Route 89

If given a choice at the end of a day on the road, I prefer to visit a local brew pub to sample whatever is on tap and enjoy a meal. Fortunately, there are ample opportunities on US Route 89 for such simple pleasures. By my count, there are at least twenty-eight microbreweries and brew […]

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Grand Teton Panoramas

The first time I saw the Grand Tetons was in 1998. That was before the US Route 89 project was born. We arrived on a July aftermoon with the naive idea that we would find a campsite in the national park which of course was full. After consulting a map, we found a wonderful campground […]

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Five Outstanding Scenic Drives on US Route 89

National Geographic selected US Route 89 as the #1 Drivers’ Drive in the world in its recently published book, Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips. Having driven over 20,000 miles on Highway 89, I couldn’t agree more. I have my favorite sections that I look forward to on our road […]

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The Honeymooners in Jackson, Wyoming

I first heard from Terry Moon a couple of years ago when he contacted me for information about US 89 and he became a member of the US Route 89 Appreciation Society. When he and Terra got married, they took a two and a half month honeymoon road trip mostly on highway 89. Recently Terry […]

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Yellowstone Sunset

We camped three nights in Yellowstone National Park and drove around the park to take pictures in weather that ranged from total overcast to a bright blue sky. Just about the time I would give up and say let’s quit for the day, mother nature would throw something new and beautiful at us. For sunset […]

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The Buffalo Incident

I love this flyer. I got one last fall when we were at Yellowstone National Park, and somehow misplaced it. It was a thrill to get it again as we came through the Park entrance yesterday. Something about it just tickles me. Is the illustration from some old publication? Was it produced by someone with […]

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