Yellowstone National Park is my third park to work at in my National Park Service career. I spent the summer of 2014 (May-September) and the summer of 2015 (May-September) at the Fishing Bridge/Lake Village area as an Interpretive Ranger. It was neat! I gave all sorts of programs and talks, and meet some great people!
Yellowstone is a HUGE park; it could almost be considered 3 parks in one. It has a big lake, a very large canyon, mountains to climb, and of course lots of thermal features! I was working on Yellowstone Lake and I loved it! After two summers in the high desert environment of Mesa Verde National Park, I was really missing lakes, rivers, and streams. I could spend a whole lot of time talking about the different areas, but I’m going to focus mostly on what I did and what you can do in the Fishing Bridge/Bridge Bay/Lake Village area.
I definitely recommend stopping and visiting the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center. (It’s across the street from the Fishing Bridge Gas Station and Store) The building is hard to see because of the trees surrounding it, and its design to make it blend in. Inside this little building you will find lots of common birds on display, as well as a neat Yellowstone Association Bookstore. This is where I spent a lot of my time; you can consider it my “home base”. I usually work inside at the desk, answering visitor questions and directing some programs as well! The neatest thing about it is that 30 yards behind the Visitor Center is Yellowstone Lake! Just down the road is the Fishing Bridge, for what this area is named for.
Surprisingly not too many people spend time in this area of the park, and I think its one of the prettiest areas to go to! It’s got beautiful views, opportunities for wildlife/bird watching, and many different recreation activities! If Fishing is something you enjoy, you do need to get a permit, but the lakes and streams offer some great chances of catching some new fish. Or if you enjoy hiking, check out these hikes!
Attend some of the Ranger Led Programs offered. At Fishing Bridge I got to do a wide arrangement of different types of programs. My favorites to do were; Storm Point Saunter, a 2.3 mile/2 hour hike, Feature Creature on Osprey, 30 minute program, and an Evening Program on the night sounds and views in Yellowstone.
Here are a few of my favorite posts –
When My Heart Beat Just A Little Bit Faster – To The Visitors Who Made Me Cry – A Symbol of the American West
Time on Fishing Bridge – Some (Hopefully) Friendly Neighbors – A Few Favorite Hiking Trails
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!
If you drive north twenty minutes you reach Hayden Valley, which is a great place to view Bison, Grizzly Bear, Elk, Wolves, Coyotes, and more!