We entered through the east entrance. First stop: The Watchtower viewpoint. We couldn’t go to the top of the tower because it was undergoing renovation, but it was still a fabulous view from the observation deck. The next viewpoint was one Cynda recommended, Lipan, and it also offered a great view. We attempted to check out another viewpoint Cynda recommended, somewhat hidden, Shoshone (around MM 244). There were 4 cars in the small dirt lot, but the sign said, “Use by permit only.” Chris checked out the soft sand trail and said it went uphill as far as he could see, so we opted not to ride it on our bikes, and didn’t want to spend the time on foot, not yet knowing where we would spend the night.