Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park
Families will be flocking to Yellowstone this summer, and the animals will be part of the draw. While at Yellowstone, you'll have the opportunity to see bears, bison, elk, deer, coyote, and scores of other types of wildlife. In addition to the views of Old Faithful and other scenery, there are programs for children and families offered by rangers as well as Yellowstone Institute. For more information on accommodations and activities within the park, contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts at (303)338-6000 or the National Park Service Headquarters at (307) 344-7381 or on the web at www.americanparknetwork.com/parkinfo/ye/aag/services.html
If you'd like to be around even more animals during your trip, think about combining a ranch vacation with your trip to Yellowstone. You'll see, ride and interact with plenty of beautiful horses! Some of the best family-oriented ranches are located less than an hour away from the park. You and your kids can take horseback rides; go fishing and hiking; view more wildlife including elk, moose and bighorn sheep; enjoy kids' and family-oriented programs; and just relax in the beautiful surroundings.
If such a thought appeals to you, take a look at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch www.mtnsky.com in Bozeman, Montana (800-548-3392), Paradise Guest Ranch www.paradiseranch.com in Buffalo, Wyoming (307-684-7876) or Lone Mountain Ranch www.lmranch.com in Big Sky, Montana (800-514-4644).