“There’s a moose near highway 191 at mile marker 25”! “, our friend texted on his way to Bozeman, MT. We dashed to the site but saw no moose. After hanging around for awhile, scanning willow brush and peering through binoculars we came home moose-less. Later that day our friend returned with moose photos after two sightings. Thus began our three month quest for the elusive moose!
Like treasure hunters we followed every clue….
“The best place to see moose is in the Grand Tetons”.
“Take the road toYellowstone’s south entrance, that’s where the moose are, guaranteed!”
“There’s a moose cow and calf at Big Springs in Island Park, Idaho”.
Finally! We found our moose. Standing knee deep in Big Springs’ crystal pool, Mama Moose calmly munched aquatic plants as Mini Moose skipped and splashed like any fun-loving kid. Under Mama’s watchful eye, Baby explored the grassy bank and galloped clumsily back into the glassy pond for a loving nuzzle.
When Baby ventured too close to crowds of camera-faced humans, Mama gently escorted him into the woods. A perfect Disney-like ending to nature’s tender show of affection.
Even without moose, Big Springs is a must see. Pure, crystal clear water gushes from the ground at a rate of one hundred and twenty million gallons a day forming a glassy pool and river so transparent it’s mesmerizing! Big Springs is home to huge rainbow trout but don’t even consider bringing your pole. Fishing is not allowed until several miles downstream.
Big Springs is located off Highway 20 in Island Park, Idaho just 25 minutes from West Yellowstone, Montana.
Hope you find your elusive moose!
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