Bozeman, MT

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For a visit to Bozeman we parked at the Bear Canyon Campground a few miles east of town.  Bozeman has a rich history dating to the early 1960’s when the discovery of gold brought thousands of miners into the territory.  One of them, John Bozeman decided to lead immigrants to the gold fields via a series of old Indian trails, which soon became know as the Bozeman Trail.  Those who chose to forgo the mines settled in what became known as the town of Bozeman to establish farms and ranches.

When we visited Yellowstone National Park back in 2015 we explored almost all of the park but did not make it to the northernmost part, Mammoth Hot Springs.  From Bozeman it is a drive of about 1 1/2 hours to the town of Gallatin, MT, which is just outside the northern entrance to YNP. Continue reading

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Desert Hot Springs, CA

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Located near Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs is indeed home to quite a few natural mineral hot springs.  We stayed at Caliente Springs Resort which has a large pool, several spas and showers all of which are fed from the mineral springs.  The water from the Desert Hot Springs Aquifer continues to be heated by ancient geothermal forces thousands of feet below the earth’s surface.  Naturally heated to temperatures as high as 180 degrees, the waters are thought to have curative properties.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yes, Yellowstone National Park (pics) is home to Old Faithful, but it is so much more than that.  As most people know, Old Faithful is not the most spectacular or the oldest or the biggest geyser in YNP but it is one of the biggest that is most predictable, erupting approximately every 60 to 90 minutes.  Old Faithful is located in the Upper Geyser Basin which is part of the most active area of the park in terms of thermal features.

Old Faithful Inn - Upper Geyser Basin

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Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Crystal Crane Hot Springs (pics) was our stopover while traveling from Bend, OR, to Boise, ID.  It’s located about 20 miles east of Burns, OR, with pretty much nothing else around.  Oh, sure, there are some farms around, you can actually see a few scattered lights in the distance once it gets dark.

Crystal Crane Hot Springs

The hot springs here are natural mineral springs that are pumped up from as much as 350 feet down.  They have a large pond for soaking as well as private hot tub rooms.  They have small cabins, RV spaces, a tent camping area and even a teepee.  There was a large common area with books, games and a TV.  They even have a “camp kitchen” which is available for guest use.  Suffice to say it was a quiet and peaceful stopover in eastern Oregon.

Next up is Boise, ID.