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Former ranger pens book on Yellowstone’s ‘best’




YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Years ago, as a park ranger in Yellowstone, Alan Leftridge loved sharing his passion for the outdoors with other people.

“Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm on a visitor’s face is its own reward,” Leftridge said. “They come to a park asking ‘What is there to see and do?’ and you can see the anticipation build as you describe the natural wonders awaiting them. It’s the best part of the job.”

Now Leftridge has channeled that passion into his latest book, “The Best of Yellowstone National Park.”

“As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a land of superlatives,” Leftridge said. “The park is home to the world’s largest collection of geothermal features, including geysers, mudpots, hot springs, and fumaroles. There are stunning wildflower displays, grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk, and wonderful hiking trails. It’s easy to share my excitement for such a spectacular place.”

From his home in Montana’s Swan Valley, Leftridge regularly ventures onto Yellowstone’s trails, photographing wildflowers, watching wildlife, and easing into the serenity of the mountains.

“Over the years, I’ve spent many hours exploring Yellowstone,” he said. “I wanted this book to read like an insider’s guide, as though a trusted friend was divulging all the best things to see and do in the park.”

“The Best of Yellowstone National Park” describes the best day hikes, nature trails, backpack trips, boat tours, flora and fauna, and historic sites, among other sights. It includes sections on the best activities for kids; the best ways to spend a rainy – or snowy – day; the best cross-country ski trails, and other activities for winter visitors.

Visit to obtain a copy of “The Best of Yellowstone National Park.”

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