Thinking Spring and The Wildflowers of Yellowstone

 Thinking Spring and The Wildflowers of Yellowstone

wildflowersYellowstone National Park is one of our most favorite places to RV in all of North America. It draws us back and its sheer size and beauty is breathtaking.

But as macro as the place is, it is also meant to be seen on the micro level, close up.

One of our trips there just happened to correspond to the height of the spring wildflower season. Every color of the palette was visible, in forests, meadows and sagebrush-steppe

The place was literally ablaze with wildflowers. We saw dozens of different varieties and colors. The National Park Service tells us that Yellowstone is home to more than 1,350 species. There is white mule's-ears and phlox, yellow arrowleaf balsamroot, blue penstemon and lupine, and Indian paintbrush’s glorious reds and oranges. Magenta shooting stars, purple sugarbowls, delicate white woodland stars and leopard lilies.

We  photographed as many as we saw. The result is this video.

You can see our longer video of our Yellowstone trips elsewhere on this blog but we couldn't resist sharing  the wildflowers of Yellowstone with you. I don't know the names of them. But I do know they are stunningly beautiful. I think you'll agree.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Love the flowers and the beautiful piano piece, too!

  • hey Mike, you left all these flowers behind when you went back east – i’ll enjoy them in your absence. the wildflower season runs later up here at 10,000 feet – the lupines are just coming out now. an interesting thing is the army cutworm moth population – they migrate way up here in late June and early July to feed on the wildflowers, and the bears feed on the moths – they’re 70% fat, just the right snack for a bear trying to put on weight for the coming winter.

    • Mike truly enjoy your blog!!! Campskunk, I also enjoy little tidbits like the one you gave about the bears eating the moths. Would never have thought bears would eat moths.

  • Beautiful, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

  • Very relaxing, I really dig flowers.

  • When were you there? I didn’t see when you were seeing this glorious flower arrangement? Love your posts!

  • Can’t wait to go back.

  • Obviously this was last year, the park is still covered in snow. But, it will be glorious when Spring arrives. I love the wildflowers in our neck of the woods.

  • Very pretty . We were up in the area last May .

  • Headed back up there this summer. Can’t wait!!

  • Very nice if it doesn’t erupt

  • I loved Yellowstone. Have pics. It was Labour Day in 2005? Snow on the tent both nights and a bear warning. Oh yeah, and thunder and lightning. Once in a lifetime.

  • Beautiful

  • Beautiful place

  • Better wait until July or August if you want to see anything like this!

  • Wish I was there!

  • Beautiful?

  • Très beau, a bientôt Yellowstone.


  • Joanel Rurode Ryan Rurode Brittany Renee we need to see yellowstone in bloom! Maybe in a couple years???

  • Yes. I agree

  • My three sons and I will be there in 6 short weeks!!!!!!
    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

  • Beautiful ,I wish I could go there some day

  • Next week!!

  • This is a nice view.

  • Be there in two weeks…

  • 🙂

  • beautiful

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