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Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?

I have a bad foot and can only tolerate walking short distances. My family wants to hike. Are there off the beaten track drives I can do while they hike?

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Dave from Houston

When we visited Yellowstone National Park we seldom left the car and had closeup views of moose, mountain goats, bison, and other wildlife. Driving around Yellowstone is a real treat. 

Your family will most likely be eaten by grizzly bears. You'll be the lone survivor :-)

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There is a beautiful interpretive center in Canyon Village - General Store (central Yellowstone National Park) (the A on the map is off a bit too far west).

Lamar Valley wildlife can best be seen by car.

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There are not really any off the beaten track drives in Yellowstone.  So it depends on where they are hiking as to what kind of driving you can do.  My grandson did the hike from the Old Faithful Lodge to the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook by himself, and I drove to meet him there.  Most of the time when he went off hiking, I just stayed in the car and waited.

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Matt from Allentown, Pennsylvania

I traveled Yellowstone National Park with a good friend two summers ago. She also was not able to hike. We toured the whole ring road together, had lunch at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, dinner at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. You could spend hours at both lodges, just strolling around, enjoying the spaces. You can watch the geysers erupt, look for wildlife in Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley (a herd of bison crossed the road right in front of us – I got amazing photos from the car). I think there may be boat tours on Yellowstone Lake you can book – there certainly are tours available in the iconic yellow buses. If you are up for short walks, go to the various lookout points on both north and south rims of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (specifically lookouts near the upper and lower falls). Walk the boardwalks around Grand Prismatic Spring and the West Thumb hot springs area. 

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Do you water color or sketch? While your family hikes, you can entertain yourself in dozens of ways. Get a wildflower book. Read about the history of Yellowstone National Park You'll be more entertained than the hikers. Plenty of places to have a cup of coffee, shop, and many of the loveliest attractions are a very short walk on level paths. Have a wonderful visit to the world's first national park and easily the most spectacular.

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Courtney from San Diego

Hi Janice,

Hope this helps.

There's a great trek in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park off Route 89 Yellowstone River Bridge where you can access high mountain, valley and stream areas along very mellow trails. The bridge is adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. If you need a place to rest or stay, you can also check out the Absaroka Lodge I've never been there but heard some good buzz about it. 

Depending on your physical condition, the trails DO climb and wind a bit, but are relatively modest, even for a bad foot. 

Awesome wildlife viewing - mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, wolves, bear - you name it! 

There's a lot of trout fishing (catch and release) in the area which doesn't involve a lot of walking obviously. Make sure to plan ahead obtaining a permit for that. 

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