Gloria Wadzinski

Gloria Wadzinski

National park enthusiast, Gloria Wadzinski writes, photographs and shoots video to encourage travelers to try something new. A planner at heart, Gloria likes to be prepared for adventures so she helps other travelers by thoroughly documenting hikes, road trips and destinations, including everything they need to know to forge out safely and not miss a thing.

Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and because life is change, added additional degrees and certificates from the Western Iowa Technical College, Front Range Community College and the Art Institute of Denver. Over a 40-year career, Gloria has won national accolades including CUES Golden Mirror Awards for a children's educational program and graphic design projects, and most recently a Folio Digital Award for the relaunch of a website about the national parks of Colorado.

What is Gloria's favorite national park? The last one she visited, so the answer changes several times a year.

The Sacajawea gravesite flanked by the graves of her two sons, Bazil and Jean Baptiste.

Sacajawea's Controversial Wyoming Gravesite is Off-The-Beaten-Path

In 1804, Lewis & Clark chose Sacajawea as their guide and interpreter. Read about her controversial life and the debate about where she is buried

Johnny Sack Cabin at Big Springs, Idaho

Island Park, Yellowstone's Quiet Western Satellite town

A 36.8-mile Main Street (the world's longest) and a 23-mile diameter caldera (the world's largest) is Island Park's claim to fame.

Hiker using her cell phone GPS in Yellowstone

Do Cell Phones Work in Yellowstone? Is There WiFi?

Cell phone service is available in over 50 percent of the park. WiFi is available for purchase at the Mammoth Dining Lounge, Lake Hotel, and Grant Village.

Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road from Madison Junction to Old Faithful exit

Yellowstone's Grand Loop - Madison Junction to Old Faithful

This stretch of the Grand Loop from Madison Junction intersection to the exit for the Old Faithful area is the most popular and has the most geyser basins.

Firehole Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Firehole Canyon Drive to Waterfall & Swimming Area in Yellowstone

Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way road off the Grand Loop south of Madison. The drive has a waterfall overlook and swimming area. Watch the time-lapse video.

Map Location of Yellowstone National Park

Where is Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone is in the United States, in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. This huge park has five entrances and five developed visitor areas.

Hikers near the Yellowstone River Picnic Area atop basalt columns

Lava Columns Look Like Rock Fence Posts in Yellowstone

See massive rock columns formed by lava flow 1.3 million years ago. They look like rock fence posts and can be found at Tower and Sheepeater in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Bacteria and Beer

Beer, Science, and Yellowstone Geysers

Brewers use Yellowstone organisms for quality testing beer.