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It's time to explore the secret side of Yellowstone

You've probably heard of Yellowstone National Park. You've probably seen pictures and postcards of Yellowstone's bison herds or hot springs. And maybe you even visited as a kid and got your picture taken next to Old Faithful. But did you know that over half of the world's geysers are located here? Millions of tourists never see Yellowstone's secret side. It's time to explore.

Feeling adventurous? Make the backcountry trek deep in the heart of canyon country to Fairyland Geyser Basin (discovered by park rangers in 1976). Seven miles from the nearest trail and 15 miles from the closest road you'll find dozens of ancient geyser cones, intensely hued hot springs and rushing creeks. It's not marked on any map, and it has been visited by fewer people than have ever stood on the summit of Mt. Everest.

Or if you want to stay close to the trails you can still explore a side not many see, wintry Yellowstone. When the landscape turns white and roads start to close you can hire a snow coach (think station-wagon style snowmobile) to take you to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. The nearby countryside is full of pure powdery terrain to cross-country ski—and wildlife sightings (bison, bald eagles, wolves, elk and more) multiply against the winter white backdrop.

So when you take a healthcare job in Wyoming, Montana or even Idaho, stop in Yellowstone one or two or ten times and really get your hiking boots dirty.

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