J. Scott Donahue

J. Scott Donahue

J. Scott Donahue is a freelance writer and essayist with a passion for alpine climbing, trail running and other hard things. He writes for YellowstonePark.com and Sierra Club and graduated with an MFA in nonfiction writing.  

Registration desk at Yellowstone's Lake Lodge

How Far in Advance Do I Need to Book Hotels and Campgrounds?

Some seasons, planning a trip to Yellowstone can be a breeze. But in summer, you may need to reserve a year in advance.

Bison on the road to Mammoth Hot Springs

Is it okay to drive along side bison on the road in Yellowstone?

Our city slicker impulses may be to beep the horn if one bison decides to hold everyone up. Here's what you should do.

Lewis Falls in Autumn

When Is the Best Season to Visit Yellowstone?

Is it worth visiting in spring? Fall? Every season brings not only a new landscape to the park, but a variety of exhilarating seasonal pursuits in Yellowstone.

Bison on the road near Yellowstone National Park

Do I need a car to tour Yellowstone? How long does it take to drive the Grand Loop?

Cars are the best option for taking a trip around Yellowstone unless you are riding with a bus tour or concessionaire.

Old Faithful at Sunset

How Can I Avoid the Crowds at Old Faithful?

Every year, Yellowstone draws in nearly three million visitors—most of them eager to see Old Faithful. The busy days of June through September.

Grizzly bear by lake

How many people get killed by bears in Yellowstone?

Although both black bears and grizzlies have a fearsome reputation for scratching or mauling people to death, attacks rarely occur, and deaths are even chancer.

Man on a Yellowstone boardwalk in front of a hot springs

Has Anyone Ever Fallen into a Geyser?

Visitors have in the past slipped and fallen into hot springs, or were severely injured with burns from erupting geysers, but it is extremely rare.