The Yellowstone River opposite Hepburns MesaThe Yellowstone River flows broad and quiet through the valleys north of Yellowstone Park. Fishermen in drift boats pass continuously. The mesa across the river was the location of a native America "buffalo jump", where herds of bison were stampeded over cliffs.
north of Gardiner, MontanaDate photographed: August 2, 2014
Eagle Creek Road north of GardinerNorth of Mammoth Hot Springs the land is much lower in elevation than the Yellowstone Plateau and falls into the rainshadow of adjacent ridges. Here on the hillside above Gardiner the dry grassland included numerous prickly pear cactus.
near Gardiner, MontanaDate photographed: August 2, 2014
The Yellowstone River at GardinerGardiner is the main gateway community on the northern approach to Yellowstone National Park, and the center for many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and river running. At one time tourists arrived here from the north by train, then transferred to horse-drawn stages or rode horses into the park.
Gardiner, MontanaDate photographed: August 2, 2014
The Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entranceThis stone arch was built in 1903, the cornerstone laid by President Theodore Roosevelt. In the early days this was the main park entry because a railroad came up the river to Gardiner. The inscription reads "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People".
Yellowstone National Park, MontanaDate photographed: August 2, 2014
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