There’s so much to see and do in Yellowstone National Park. If you are in the Lake Village area, these are the things to see and do!
1. Hike to the Natural Bridge
I love natural bridge formations; always fascinated by them. I never miss a chance to see any natural hole in the rock formation. The Natural Bridge near Lake Village was no exception. And the good thing is, it is easily accessed by a 3-mile round-trip walking trail. Not too bad, eh?
Just a few miles south of the Lake Village is the Bridge Bay Marina parking lot. Park your car there, and walk towards the campground entrance to access the Natural Bridge trailhead. The trail is pretty flat most of the way and meanders through the forest. The last quarter mile is moderately steep and takes you to the top of a hill, from where you can see the Natural Bridge from atop. The Bridge Creek that runs through the Natural Bridge, created this 51 feet cliff you see today. The trail crosses the Bridge Creek, from where you get the best view of this natural formation. Continue walking on the trail, which forms a loop and connects with the main trail, back to the parking lot.
2. Watch the sunset or sunrise from Lake Butte Overlook
Lake Butte Overlook is a popular spot to watch the sunset or sunrise. Check the sunrise and sunset time and be sure to reach the overlook at least 15 min prior. We were told of a mommy bear and its cub loitering around in the area. When we came here for sunrise, we didn’t see the bears, but saw a herd of deers on the mountains nearby.
3. See the LeHardy Rapids and Observe the trouts as they swim against the Rapids
Just a few miles north of Lake Village area is the parking lot for the LeHardy rapids. If you are here in late June or in July, be on the lookout for native cutthroat trouts catapulting themselves out of the water and hurling themselves up the rapids. Even otherwise, the rapids are still a gorgeous sight.
4. Visit the Mud Volcano Area and Sulfur Caldron
Most acidic geothermal feature in Yellowstone, plenty of earthquake faults converging, hot muddy water pools, an amazing landscape filled with pungent rotten egg smell – Welcome to the Mud Volcano! The area is popular for several geothermal features with muddy water tumultuously bubbling and fiercely crashes against the wall. Look across the street for bisons grazing on the hills.