US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: West Thumb Geyser Basin

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...
US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Schwabacher’s Landing

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...
What Drives Volcanism Near Yellowstone National Park?

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...

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...
Five Outstanding Scenic Drives on US Route 89

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...
Yellowstone Sunset

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...