Yellowstone's Top Natural Wonders
Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming and extends into Montana and Idaho. It's the first National Park in the United States and considered to be the first national park in the world, known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. Did we mention that the park is situated over the largest super volcano on the continent? Considered to be active...
Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, all fueled by its ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone, making it other-worldly. The park is also the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The largest remaining nearly intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.
From the geysers and hot springs to the lakes, forests, and wildlife — Yellowstone National Park has something to offer all who visit.
No other place in Yellowstone is as iconic or well-known as Old Faithful and for a good reason. Through the years, it has become one of the most studied geysers. One result of this close observation has resulted in the Park Rangers being able to predict its eruptions fairly accurately. This makes Old Faithful geyser one of the easiest geysers in Yellowstone to see — just make sure to get there early.
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS
Mammoth Hot Springs is the main attraction of Yellowstone's Mammoth District. This are is quite different from the other thermal areas in the park. They have literally taken over the mountain and covered it with layers upon layers of mineral deposits, destroying everything in its path. The terraced formations of whites, greens, yellows and oranges create a waterfall of stone and minerals that will leave you in awe of mother nature's beauty and power.
GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING
Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. The vivid colors found in this spring are the result of bacteria sitting in or near the hot pools, changing colors depending on the temperature of the water and flaring out like the rays of the sun.
The spring’s blue center is so hot that bacteria cannot even grow here, producing an almost rainbow-like effect. It can be viewed at the Midway Geyser Basin by walking on the boardwalk or for the more popular and dramatic view, you can take the 1.5 mile roundtrip hike from Fairy Falls trailhead (just south of Midway Geyser Basin).
YELLOWSTONE'S GRAND CANYON
It may not be as big as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but it is nonetheless breathtaking. The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, at 308 feet high — is one of the most photographed parts in all of Yellowstone. Here, you will also get to experience a mesmerizing waterfall that is almost twice as tall as Niagara Falls.
This is the largest high-altitude lake in all of North America. As you drive along the shoreline both east and north, you will see snow-capped mountains rising across the lake. Make sure to also stop at the famous fishing bridge that has been in this area since 1902. At one point it was a great place to fish for cutthroat trout, but due to their decline in population it has become a very popular observation point.
If these top wonders are not enough reason for you to pack your car and head straight to Wyoming, thane don't know what will. If you don't go now, just make sure to add it to your bucket list and save it for later.