In 1872, the Yellowstone National Park has been designated as the very first national park in the world. Of course, this is not the thing that makes it one of the most beautiful locations you should visit.
Yellowstone is a place of beauty, where one can see amazing forests and lakes, impressive waterfalls, and, naturally, geysers. And these are only the natural things you can see, so to say.
During your trip inside the Yellowstone Park, you will see a lot of wildlife, making the park worth exploring in its entirety.
If you don’t want to miss any of the things it has to offer, you should continue with the reading of our article and find out fifteen reasons to visit the Yellowstone National Park. Here we go!
Naturally – you were expecting this to pop on our list, but it just can’t be forgotten. The beauty of the geysers that are sheltered by Yellowstone is simply unreal – and we are not talking only about the Old Faithful geyser.
For example, the Lone Star Geyser is one of the ones you should really visit. Even though it’s a bit farther away than Old Faithful – around 4 miles – it’s worth a look. This geyser is located right in the middle of nowhere, and it has no ropes that block the access to it – however, don’t get close to it; it’s common knowledge why.
If you want to get the best out of the geysers in Yellowstone, you should get informed on their eruption time so that you will plan your trip through the park in such a way that you would see everything you want to see.
It’s very likely that you will meet a Bison herd even if you don’t plan to. There have been a lot of traffic jams caused by these animals walking casually on the street.
If you are caught in such a jam, get ready to wait – as no one can disrupt the traveling of the Bison. Just lay back in your seat and watch how impressive they are.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Located near the North Entrance of Yellowstone, the Mammoth Hot Springs is a sight that will never be the same. Why? Because they change their color and shape in time – their color because of the bacteria that grows in the hot water, and their shape because of the hydrothermal activity of the park.
This activity can offer you some great views over the Yellowstone Park. If you are a beginner, or just don’t want a challenge, you can climb up Pelican Creek, which means a hike of just 0.6 miles. If you want something a bit more challenging, then you should go with Storm Point – a 2.3 miles round hike.
However, it is recommended that you make at least one challenging hike if you want to see everything Yellowstone has to offer. One of these is the Washburn Mountain – a hike of 6 miles round that will place you as high as 10,000 feet.
Morning Glory Pool
If you move past Old Faithful, you are likely to come across this magnificent sight – the Morning Glory pool resembles the Morning Glory Flower, obviously, and comes with vibrant, surreal colors.
Moreover, it can also erupt after an earthquake – and that’s one sight you wouldn’t want to miss if you ever get the chance to see it.
Yet another surreal place you can see while in Yellowstone is the Grand Prismatic. First of all, it emanates quite the heat – when walking on the boardwalk you can feel the hot air that’s blowing on you.
The vibrant colors of this region make it look like it has been painted; moreover, with the steam that’s coming from inside the ground, the Grand Prismatic bears resemblance to one of those alien planets we see in Sci-Fi movies.
If you are a painter, then you should not avoid seeing this! It is known as one of the most beautiful places in Yellowstone, because of the view it’s offering to tourists – namely, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Lower Falls.
It looks like something you would read about in fantasy books – old, forgotten, and untouched by man.
Fountain Paint Pots
The Fountain Paint Pots is a region that consists of various hydrothermal formations. Here, you can see everything from fumaroles to hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. However, one of the most beautiful formations that can be found here is the Silex Spring.
The main feature of this spring is the crystal-clear pool of a vibrant blue, surrounded by grass and brown spots close to its shore.
Located at above 7,000 feet, the Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake. Moreover, because it’s situated among quite a lot geothermal features, geysers and hot springs can be found very close to its shores.
However, this is not everything Yellowstone has to offer; here are some other locations you might want to check out if you plan traveling there:
- Porcelain Basin – colored in orange (iron and arsenic), blue (silica), and green (bacteria);
- Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – Uncle Tom’s trail is recommended if you find yourself here;
- Hayden Valley – it is a place where wildlife can usually be seen, especially Bison;
- Fishing Bridge – while not actually meant for fishing, it offers a great view of the Yellowstone Lake
- The Boiling River – hot and cold water mix to make the perfect place to bathe in; yes, you can bathe in it!
- Mud Volcano
Therefore, if you are heading to Yellowstone, you can see that there are more than enough places for you to visit and things to see. Of course, start with the geysers and maybe end your day with a hike or with a walk on the beaches that can be found here.