On Sunday my Mother (75) and I will be driving from Jackson Hole, WY through Yellowstone and then on to Cody, WY. I've been through Yellowstone on a sort of hurried weekend a while ago - she has never been.

Mom is not up for backpacking or hiking - but she's not immobile by any means.

We're coming in from the South Entrance and my plan is (roughly):

  • Drive to Grant Village and then on to Old Faithful
  • Drive up to Mammoth hot springs
  • Down to Tower Falls, and along the lake (Fishing Bridge area)
  • Then eventually out the East Entrance

Maybe do a picnic somewhere along the way.

I find the amount of info for Yellowstone pretty overwhelming - anyone have suggestions for Senior-friendly things to see? When I was there years ago I really liked the random road encounters with elk, bison, etc. and I think my mom would really like that, though I know that's impossible to put on an itinerary.


  • Many of the attractions (including some short "hiking" trails!) in Yellowstone are even wheelchair-accessible! When you get to the park, you can stop at the nearest visitor center and ask for information on these attractions. I visited Yellowstone with my grandfather shortly before he passed away, and he was in able to enjoy it even from his wheelchair. – Flimzy Oct 10 '14 at 10:25
  • How is this question opinion based? Asking about senior friendly things to see, means things that are easily accessible or doable by elderly. That is pretty specific. But then this forum seems to dwell on nitpicking to the nth degree. – user13044 Oct 11 '14 at 2:29

Trying to take the entire park in with just one day will be a lot of driving (300+ miles) and not a lot of time for sightseeing. I would concentrate on the lower loop and work in some variety.

Stop at Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basins to stroll around a bit. Both are fairly level with a variety of different thermal features, geysers, hot spring pools. If timing is in your favor, there are a number of geysers that you may witness erupting.

As you work your way towards Madison, there are often elk or bison in the meadows along the road (and likewise when you work your way down the east side as well).

At Norris cut across to Grand Canyon area and take in a couple of the vistas overlooking the canyon and also overlooking the Upper & Lower Waterfalls.

Like I mentioned above you will likely see lots of bison as you head down through Hayden Valley. Perhaps taking a break at Mud Volcano to check out the unique thermal mud pools there.

At Lake be sure to drive up to Lake Butte Overlook, a few miles past Fishing Bridge as you head for Cody. Gotta keep a sharp lookout as the turn is not well signposted.

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