Stayed a few days at Henry’s Lake State Park, a little south of West Yellowstone, just so I could visit the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. I had put off visiting it before because you have to drive more than 25 miles over a dirt road. Was glad I did not try and drive my trailer over the road. Found it to be a mix of washboard, rock, and potholes…really bad. Making it hard to get to probably is a good thing. It is one of the most beautiful and remote wildlife refuges I’ve been to and being hard to get to probably helps keep it that way.
Picture above: Upper Red Rock Lake. The Centennial Mountains are seen when you look in the other direction.
Passed over Red Rock Pass and into Montana on the way to the refuge from Island Park, Idaho.
Taylor Mountain, around 9,500 feet, near the refuge. There is still some snow on it.
Part of the Upper Lake Campground. I would love to get my trailer here for a few days. You are really in the wilderness without having to backpack into it. Next year I’m going to try going through the west entrance to the refuge to see if that road is any better than the east entrance that I traveled.
Had a staredown with this marmot. Kept thinking it would run away. Finally said, ok, you win, and left. It may have been protecting a nest.
Below: Think these are prairie falcon fledglings, though I’m not good at identifying falcons and hawks. Swainson’s hawks (thanks to John Dahlke)