Yellowstone National Park is home to hundreds of different species. While you are visiting, keep an eye out for all the different types of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The park has a long history of Native Americans, expeditions, and more recently, tourists. Ulysses S. Grant signed The Act of Dedication in 1872 making Yellowstone a National Park. Yellowstone is also known for its supervolcano which erupted around 630,000 years ago.

Places to Visit

prismatic spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the most photographed features in Yellowstone National Park. The spring is the third-largest in the world! Hot water makes its way to the surface through cracks in the earth that go 10 stories deep. The spring gets its vibrant colors from a bacteria that lives on the outskirts of the spring.

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser has become the most well-known geyser in the world because of its predictability. Its eruptions are predicted with 90% confidence. When the geyser erupts, water shoots 100 to 180 feet in the air and can last anywhere from 1.5 minutes to 5. Because of the popularity, it is recommended to avoid viewing the geyser between 12 pm and 6 pm.

Yellowstone geyser

Upper Geyser Basin and Morning Glory Pool

The Upper Geyser Basin is home to 5 geysers including Old Faithful. The visitor center has predicted eruption times for the geysers. There are guided walks with a ranger that will ensure you do not miss anything! The Morning Glory Pool is the most colorful feature in the Upper Geyser Basin. It was named after the morning glory flower.

Lamar Valley

Lamar and Hayden Valley

To spot wildlife, the Lamar and Hayden Valleys are the places to go. In the valleys, you will find bears, wolves, bison, and pronghorns. The best time to view the wildlife is at dawn or dusk. Be sure to bring binoculars to enhance your experience!

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

There are many different overlooks to view the canyon. If you have heart, lung, or other health conditions, it is not recommended to hike Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, Uncle Tom’s Point Trail, or Red Rocks Points Trail. The North Rim Drive offers four viewpoints along the drive. The South Rim Drive will grant you views of Upper Falls and the Lower Falls.

Boiling River

Boiling River

Looking to take a dip? Head to the Boiling River. During the summer, you can soak from 6 am to 8 pm and in the spring, fall and winter, you can enjoy the river from 7 am to 6 pm. The swimming area is a half-mile walk from the parking lot. It is prohibited to bring any food or drinks to the swimming area.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Walk over 50 hot springs on the Mammoth Hot Springs upper and lower boardwalks. Minerva Spring is a fan favorite because of its variety of colors. You can not swim in the hot springs. If you are lucky, you may see elk, moose, or bison in the  area.


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