Your Yellowstone Guide: Let's Take a Hike
helping you plan your Yellowstone adventure
& sharing life lessons from mine
I’m Natalie. After living and working in Yellowstone, I now return nearly every year as a visitor. Not only do I know the park from the inside, I know what it’s like to navigate the details of getting there from the outside.
If you’re intimidated by planning your Yellowstone adventure, I’m here to help. If you’d like to read about what Yellowstone has taught me about living life by faith, I’m here for that, too.
Let’s take a hike.
Blog Posts: Tales from the Trail
When to Make Reservations for Yellowstone
When I worked the desk at what was then called the Old Faithful Visitor Center, there were two questions I dreaded. First, "Are there any campgrounds with openings?" The second was related. "Are there any hotel rooms available?" While there was never a particularly...
How to Be Prepared: Don’t Leave it Behind
“You’ve got a griz!” The call came from the picnic area below—just seconds after I had discerned that the brown shaggy head and shoulders cresting the hill twenty-five yards to my left was not, in fact, a bison. It was a bear. Wherever it was headed, we were in the...
Gifts and Graces | Spring 2023
When it comes to navigating the landscape of life, I find it dishearteningly easy to drift toward reacting in fear or finding my way by feel rather than walking by faith. Maybe you know what that’s like. One practice that helps me stay on course is to pay attention....
Be Prepared: 4 Must-Have Yellowstone Items to Pack
No one really wants to take time from what we want to be doing in Yellowstone to shop for something we didn't think to bring along. To save you that headache, here are a few must-have items you'll want to put on your list of things to pack: Sunscreen Yellowstone’s...
How to be Prepared: Make Noise
“It’s time to turn around,” my husband said. Relieved, I pivoted on the spot. J and I were in Yellowstone’s Bechler Region, a remote area with no roads, plenty of waterfalls, and its share of bears. It took the morning just to drive there. After spending the rest of...
Hiking with Kids: What You Need to Know
We started hiking with our kids in Yellowstone while they were still babies. Because of that, we've embraced some mindsets and strategies to foster a pleasant hiking experience for everyone. We want them to be happy, safe, and motivated to keep going. (And we...
“There is a great deal of good to be learned from what we see every day, if we would but consider it.”
~ Matthew Henry