Top Attractions in Yellowstone
Top Things To Do In Yellowstone
Yellowstone is a HUGE park, over 3,500 square miles – Larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, the park spans three different states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho). Yellowstone attracts more than 3 million visitors a year. Yellowstone is not just the first national park in the United States. It is also the world’s first national park. Yellowstone is also one of the most unique national parks in the world. It is hard to see it all in Yellowstone. Yellowstone is known for its red-tinged canyon walls and awe-inspiring natural wonders like Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. Because it lies on top of a super-volcano, the area is literally a hotbed of geothermal activity. It is also home to more wild animals than just about any place in the United States. This park is, in fact, one of the few places where rare creatures, such as the gray wolf and grizzly bears, are seen on a fairly regular basis. And then there are hiking trails and basins for striking views of the park’s waterfalls, active geysers, forests and alpine lakes!
Some of the top tourist attractions in Yellowstone National Park include:
Grand Prismatic Spring, Boiling River, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone, Lamar Valley.
How to reach Yellowstone park
Commercial airlines serve the following airports near Yellowstone National Park all year: Cody and Jackson, WY; Bozeman and Billings, MT, and Idaho Falls, ID. The West Yellowstone, MT airport is serviced from June to early September from Salt Lake City, UT.
Yellowstone has five entrance stations, and several are closed to regular vehicles during winter. It takes many hours to drive between these entrances, so be sure to check the status of roads at the entrance you intend to use while planning your trip and before you arrive.
The Grand Prismatic Spring
Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park and seeing it up close is truly spectacular. The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. Its rainbow waters are what really make it fascinating: The Grand Prismatic Spring has stunningly vibrant colors. While the center of the pool’s cerulean hue is pretty characteristic, the deep reds, bright yellows and fiery oranges encircling the edges mesmerizing. The heat of the spring, 160 degrees Fahrenheit at the center, causes steam to waft and swirl, adding to the otherworldly look of the place.These colors are caused by pigmented thermophilic bacteria & the color is determined by the temperature of the water.. The spring is approximately 250 x 300 feet in size and measures up to 160 feet deep. This natural wonder is one of the park’s most photographed sights, so expect crowds when you visit. You may find fewer visitors if you arrive early, but fog is common until late in the morning on cooler days, so travelers recommend arriving around 10 a.m. The spring is free to visit 24 hours a day between April 20 and Nov. 6 (when roads to the attraction are open). Located in the Midway Geyser Basin area…the trail/walk is easy, not strenuous. Deeper than a 10-Story Building, the extremely hot water travels 121 feet from a crack in the Earth to the surface. A truly amazing show by mother nature!
Best Views :: Best seen from the overlook on Fairy Falls Trail.
Summer is the best time to visit this place. There are other pool attractions nearby.
Old Faithful Geyser
Yellowstone National Park has over 500 geysers, and the most famous one in the park is Old Faithful, Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition. This awesome attraction in Yellowstone park is located in Wyoming and got its name because of its consistent eruptions that happen daily with nearly 90 percent accuracy. The mathematical average between eruptions of Old Faithful is currently 74 minutes, but it doesn’t like to act average! Intervals can range from 60-110 minutes. Visitors can check for posted prediction times in most buildings in the Old Faithful area. This incredible Top attraction in Yellowstone can vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average near 130-140 feet. it currently erupts around 20 times Eruptions normally last between 1.5 to 5 minutes. During an eruption, the water temperature at the vent has been measured at 204°F (95.6°C). When the underground hot spring that feeds Old Faithful experiences the height of heated pressure, the geyser erupts spewing out water and steam at over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Sadly Old Faithful is slowing down.
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center tells the story of the geology behind Old Faithful, Yellowstone, and the supervolcano.
The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center is wheelchair-accessible. Learn More about the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
What to See
Upper Geyser Basin: Wheelchair-accessible walkways lead from all parking areas to Old Faithful Geyser, and from the visitor center to other hydrothermal features. The paved path is also accessible from the general store downhill from the Old Faithful Inn.
Black Sand Basin: One mile (1.6 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. A few steep sections on the boardwalk.
Biscuit Basin: Three miles (5 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. Trail has a wheelchair-accessible overlook at Wall Pool.
Midway Geyser Basin: 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. Wheelchair-accessible parking, boardwalk, and restrooms.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Springs is located 32 kilometers outside the present Yellowstone Caldera boundary at an elevation of 1,950 meters. Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming, which features a large complex of hot springs streaming over beautiful, rugged terrace steps. The same hydrothermal system that fuels other Yellowstone areas fuels Narrow Gauge. When rainwater and snow pass through the underground rock, it is heated by heat from the magma. As the water circulates through the many cracks of the limestone, it dissolves some of the calcium carbonate. This dissolved calcium carbonate precipitates out at the surface and forms the travertine terraces that form very quickly causing the surface features to constantly change.
Mammoth Area is the home of the only winter location in Yellowstone that is accessible by automobile. Mammoth Hot Springs is located in the northern region of Yellowstone about five miles from the North Entrance and the town of Gardiner, Montana.