Using panoramic photos, Yellowstone SPOTR (Sights & Panoramas Observed Traveling Roads) provides information about selected pullouts in 2 areas of Yellowstone National Park - Northern Tier (Base, Antelope Valley, Swan Lake) & Hayden Valley. Although SPOTR is an acronym, it alludes to the spotting scopes used by wildlife watchers. The panoramas are examples of what the wildlife watchers are looking at through their spotting scopes.
Sights identified at pullouts
Maps showing pullouts & allowing pullout selection
Search by name for a pullout (a place to go) or for a sight (a place to see)
Browse through pullouts, sights or latitudes/longitudes
This app can be used by:
- people visiting Yellowstone NP for pleasure, e.g., researching sightseeing locations, refreshing memories of places visited, reading articles written by wildlife watchers,
- people going to Yellowstone NP as part of their vocation (e.g., photographers, tour guides)
Pullouts & Sights
Pullouts are designated places where a visitor may pull off the road. Sights are physical features & might be a large area (e.g., a mountain, meadow, river or forest) or might be a single object (e.g., a tree or a rock). Many sight names were created by the wildlife watchers to communicate locations of wildlife. Some names used in this app are unofficial & not shown on approved NPS maps.
The user can select any part on the Yellowstone NP map & see the section maps. The user can pinch zoom & pan the maps. From those section maps, the user can select a pullout.
Version 3.1 content
- Northern Tier Base - 91 pullouts, 209 sights, 11 maps
- Antelope Valley - 31 pullouts, 51 sights, 2 maps
- Hayden Valley - 41 pullouts, 103 sights, 3 maps
- Swan Lake - 13 pullouts, 16 sights, 2 maps
Pullout Search & Details
There are 2 ways to search for a pullout - on a map or by name. After the user selects a pullout, the app presents details, incl. panoramas showing the sights viewable from that pullout. The user can pinch zoom, pan & swipe the panoramas. In addition, the Latitude/Longitude is shown for that pullout. The user can navigate from the selected pullout to a different pullout.
There are a few named pullouts, identified as "Lat/Lon only", where no photos were taken.
The user can Search for a sight by name. The app shows the pullouts from which the sight can be seen. For example, the user could Search for the Bear Meadow sight & learn that it can be seen from 6 pullouts starting with Coyote P/O. After looking at the images there, the user could navigate to any of the other pullouts to see other perspectives.
First-time users, unfamiliar with the names of pullouts & sights, should start with the Browse function. The user can Browse through:
- pullouts, starting at the Western-most pullout for Northern Tier Base & continuing through Antelope Valley, Hayden Valley & Swan Lake,
- sights, in alphabetical order or
- Latitude/Longitude list, starting at the Western-most pullout for Northern Tier Base & continuing through Antelope Valley, Hayden Valley & Swan Lake.
Choosing each of these Browse functions & perusing the images presented provides familiarity for using the Search function.
- Spotting Scope - digiscoped images of selected sights
- Spot Me - users visiting the park can see their current location on maps used in the app
Devices & Orientations supported
Yellowstone SPOTR supports:
- devices ranging from small screen to large screen - is compatible with both iPhone & iPad
- both portrait & landscape orientations & rotation between them. The user might like lists in portrait orientation to see more list items at a time. The user probably wants the details in landscape orientation to see more of the pullout image without having to zoom.