The first national park in the world, Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful Geyser, as well as the majority of the world’s geysers. The Yellowstone National Park features well-preserved natural beauty, including its mountains, subalpine forest, canyons, rivers, and lakes. Yellowstone Lake is in the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest active volcano in North America. The volcanic activity in the Yellowstone is responsible for the geothermal features like the famous geysers. The park also contains a variety of wildlife, including the Yellowstone Park Bison Herd, who roam freely around the park. Other wildlife found around the park includes elk, bears, wolves, moose, and bighorn sheep.
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Geysers in the Yellowstone National Park
Biscuit Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Upper Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Lone Star Geyser, and Castle Geyser are some of the prominent geysers in the park.
It is the best place for wildlife lovers. Visitors can see herds of animals such as Bison, Elk & Pronghorn Antelope roaming about in the valley. Other animals residing in the valley are Wolves, Uinta Ground Squirrels, Coyotes, Bald Eagles, Badgers, Red Fox, Osprey, Grizzly, and Black bear.
It is one of the best lookouts in the park. The waterfall cascades down in the background of colorful soil. It seems like an artist’s painting.
Things to do at Yellowstone National Park
Besides wildlife viewing and picnicking, you may also choose to go on Backcountry camping and hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, cross country skiing and Snowshoeing, or horseback riding and llama packing.
Hiking trails at Yellowstone National Park
Grant and West Thumb Day Hiking trail takes you on a scenic journey into the Grant Village and West Thumb Areas – a perfect habitat for wildlife. Canyon Area Day hikes offer several different trails:
- Howard Eaton Trail – Takes visitors through the forest, meadow and marsh. The areas covered in this trail are: Cascade, Grebe, Wolf, Ice lakes, and Norris.
- Observation Peak – Hike to the mountain peak. An estimated journey of 11 miles (round trip).
- Cascade Lake – It is suitable for those who wish to see wildflowers and wildlife in the open meadows.
- Grebe Lake – An easy trail that follows an old fire road through meadows and forest.
Other trails in the canyon region include Seven Mile Hole, Mt Washburn and Washburn Spur Trail.
Yellowstone National Park Location Map
Facts about Yellowstone National Park
- The park was established on March 1, 1872.
- It covers an area of 2,219,791 acres.
- The Yellowstone NP was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
The Yellowstone NP is located primarily in Wyoming (about 96 percent of its land), with other small portions extending into Montana and Idaho. The South Entrance and East Entrance are accessed from Wyoming, while the North Entrance, West Entrance, and Northeast Entrances are located in Montana. Most visitors come to the park by car, as it is located far from any major airport.
Best time to visit Yellowstone National Park
The park is pleasant during the summer, with warm days and cool nights, though it does frequently rain. Temperatures vary in the Yellowstone Park, with a wide range, especially during spring and fall. The park is often covered in snow during winter, which can also be a great time to experience the park, on snowshoes, cross-country skis, or snowmobiles.
Yellowstone National Park Hours
It opens round the year. Some of the facilities may be closed at certain times of the year.
Yellowstone National Park Tickets
The entry fee to the Yellowstone NP is as follows:
- $15 per visitor of 16 years and above (entering by foot, ski, bike, etc.)
- $30 for a private vehicle
- $25 for each snowmobile or motorcycle
- $25 to $300 for a commercial vehicle
More on Yellowstone National Park
Nearby Attractions: Grand Teton National Park, West Yellowstone, Wyoming State Museum, and Shoshone National Forest.
Published On: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014