You’ve heard of The Washburn Club right? If you hike Mount Washburn within 72 hours of finishing the race you get 50% OFF next year’s race entry. We are excited to announce another challenge: The Yellowstone Trifecta. The Yellowstone Trifecta is made up of 3 different activities, which focus more on you experiencing the park rather than doing one big hike. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules as the Washburn Club apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. If you complete the Trifecta you will receive 20% OFF next year’s race entry!
The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. Each section of the three-part challenge is iconic to the park, but doable with children. The three Yellowstone Trifecta activities are:
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Watch Old Faithful erupt [/nzs_heading]
Old Faithful is the most famous and celebrated geyser in the world. The 1870 Washburn Expedition camped near Old Faithful and discovered the geyser had frequent and regular eruptions over 100 feet. They dubbed the geyser Old Faithful. It erupts once approximately every 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the duration of the previous eruption. It is the grand old geyser of Yellowstone because of its frequent and predictable eruptions. Schedules for predicted eruptions are posted in the NPS buildings near Old Faithful.
Old Faithful is located in Quadrant 1. Check out our blog post on things to do in this quadrant while you’re waiting for Old Faithful, or on your way to the next activity.
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] See a bison in lamar valley [/nzs_heading]
Yellowstone is the only place in the U.S. where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. Yellowstone bison are exceptional because they comprise the nation’s largest bison population on public land and are among the few bison herds that have not been hybridized through interbreeding with cattle.
While you might be able to find bison in any area of Yellowstone, we’re going to have you take your picture with bison in Lamar Valley. Lamar Valley is a wide, expansive valley in sort of a remote north-eastern corner of the park. This is where you are most likely to see a large variety of wildlife: bison, elk, wolf, coyote, even grizzly bears.
Check our Quadrant 4 blog post for more things to do in this area. Mount Washburn is in this area of Yellowstone as well as our final Trifecta activity…
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: Artist’s Point [/nzs_heading]
We had a really hard time deciding on just three activities for Yellowstone. There’s just so much to do! I’ve included links to activities in Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 4 of Yellowstone. Check out our posts on Quadrant 2 and Quadrant 3 as well so you don’t miss out when planning your trip!
The trifecta activities are sure you to give you a broad experience at Yellowstone. We hope you accept the challenge and have a blast!
Remember you need to take your picture doing all three activities:
1. Watch Old Faithful Erupt
2. See Bison in Lamar Valley
3. At Artist’s Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Be sure to bring your race bib and finisher medal to each location and make sure they’re visible in each picture. Let us know if you have any questions!
**Those who complete both the Washburn Club challenge and the Trifecta will not receive 70% off next year’s race. You will receive 50% off and major kudos from us.
As always, the NPS website is a great resource to find out more information on each of these sites as well as other guides online.
If you have any suggestions for future clubs and challenges feel free to contact us!