There is perhaps nothing I love more than poking through the National Geographic photo archives. Which is why I adore the two galleries we currently have on our website, featuring classic images from Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. The shot above, which has never before been published, depicts the snowmobile vehicle tours available in Yellowstone park in 1967. The caption reads:
“Along the Lower Geyser Basin we waved at sightseers standing beside the tanklike snowmobiles that had brought them over the snowbound road from West Yellowstone. The day is perhaps not far off when large number of visitors, bundled up in snowmobiles, will see much more of the park’s winter beauty. When that day comes, fleets of steel-treaded half-tracks will rumble across a land that once knew only the snowshoes of Indians and trappers.”
For more on the parks, and to see other classic photo galleries, visit our National Parks guide. Want more images from the National Geographic vault? Let us know what you’d like to see and we’ll dig through the archives to find them.
Photo: William Albert Allard