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...
US Route 89 Attraction: Salt River Pass

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...
US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Afton’s Elkhorn Arch

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...

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...