Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Two days in Yellowstone National Park (gluten free): Day two

For our second day in Yellowstone National Park, we focused on the upper loop. (You can see our day one itinerary here.) I’m only sharing the things we loved and would do again. Here are our top stops.

Day two:

We left the house early and entered the park at West Yellowstone. Our first stop was Norris Geyser Basin. We walked the Porcelain Basin and then visited Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest active geyser, on the Back Basin side.

Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

 

Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

 

Next, we drove through Lamar Valley, one of my favorite areas in the park. It’s beautiful, has fewer people and is full of wildlife. (See all of the tiny bison in the background of the photo below?)

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

We stopped to hike the Lamar River Trail. It’s an out-and-back hike, so you can walk as far as you’d like. We walked out about half an hour and then turned around. Make sure to carry your bear spray and pay attention to your surroundings. We saw a bison near the end of our hike and had to wait for it to clear our path.

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

We stopped for lunch at the picnic area near Tower-Roosevelt before heading to Mammoth Hot Springs to walk the boardwalk along the thermal features.

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

We did some souvenir shopping nearby, then drove out toward West Yellowstone and back to Big Sky. We cleaned up at the house and then went to Big Sky’s free summer concert series, “Music in the Mountains,” to see the Black Lillies. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in town on a Thursday. We ate dinner at Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. The menu says that all of their pizzas can be made gluten free, but the server said he wouldn’t recommend them to Celiacs. The rest of the menu was limited, and the portions were small. I’d recommend trying Andiamo Italian Grille instead. We didn’t eat there ourselves, but most items on its menu can be made gluten free.

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For more planning info, I’d recommend checking out Dirt in My Shoes, a blog by a former park ranger.

(Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian. I’m describing my experiences in hopes of helping with your trip planning, but you’ll need to decide what feels comfortable and safe for you.)