The last time we came to Yellowstone National Park was the summer of 1987. The
following year there was a major fire which consumed most of the trees in the park.
The firefighters had a hard time just saving the park's buildings. They did loose
almost 200 buildings, but none of them important ones.
The park consists of 5 major sections. Mammoth Country, Geyser Country, Roosevelt Country, Canyon Country, and Lake Country. To drive through all of them in one day is almost impossible. There are two loops which connects the 5 areas. Each loop is over 100 miles of winding and hilly narrow 2 lane road. And, presently, there is a lot of road work going on. So we did not get to each location, but we did hit, what we feel are the best spots.
The fire was 16 years ago and the forest is slowly coming back. The heat from the fire causes the pine cones to drop their seeds. So the forest is naturally planted after the fire.