Yellowstone National Park was declared in 1872 for the oldest national park in the world. It is located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Every year it is visited by more than 3 million visitors. All visitors come to Yellowstone to see the remains of an ancient outbreak of a volcano, the largest in the history of the Earth. And WHAT ELSE MAKE YELLOWSTONE SPECIAL?
The four types of thermal features that you can find here are geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles.
Yellowstone is home to more than 500 active geysers (more than half the world’s geysers).
“The hot spring has bright colors of orange, yellow, and green ring the deep blue waters in the spring. The different colors that you can see are the result of different types of bacteria that love the heat. And a deep blue center? This water diffuses blue wavelengths of light more than others. This is reflected back into our eyes. “
Yellowstone has the largest, free-roaming herd of bison in the world. It is an amazing experience while you are driving on the road and you stop the car to let them pass. There are so many …
I visited Yellowstone in September when it was still hot. We drive around 16 hours from Lake Tahoe to Yellowstone. First, we went to Teton national park and from there to the oldest national park in the world (South entrance). For the entrance fee, you can check the OFFICIAL PAGE.
Old Faithful may be more famous, but the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone. That’s because of its bright colors and enormous size. “The third largest spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic is bigger than a football field at 370 feet in diameter. A gridiron is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide.” Prismatic means brilliantly colored.
And Old Faithful, the most famous of geysers or “Old Reliable”, breaks out once every 65-92 minutes. Old Faithful can vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average near 130-140 feet. Eruptions normally last between 1.5 to 5 minutes. And the water temperature at the vent has been measured at 95.6 °C. The steam temperature has been measured above 350°F!
The largest of the lakes is the Yellowstone Lake, which lies at 2,376 m above sea level and it has six smaller islands. The lake does not run out of the water, the Yellowstone River runs along the Canyon.
Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake in North America.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone you can reach from Uncle Tom’s Point, South Rim Trail or North Rim Trail from Cascade Falls to Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. There are thousands of trails you can walk in the park. It is a special adventure to sleep and camp in the wilderness without water, a shower, and a proper toilet. It was the craziest adventure and experience I did. Not that I really wanted, but I was put into this. HAHA! It was worth it!
On the map, you can see the entrance points and the main attractions in the Park.
The next point, we visited was Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin.
“Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas. The area was named after Philetus W. Norris, the second superintendent of Yellowstone, who provided the first detailed information about the thermal features.” From parking lot path leads through a forest and when you come there the smell is terrible – the smell of the rotten eggs. That noxious smell is because of the small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas given off by the geysers. We took photos and soon we left.
Mammoth Hot Springs is big area of hot springs on the hill. This was our last stop. It is interesting how this was formed. The hot acid dissolves large quantities of limestone on its way up through the rock layers to the hot springs on the surface. Some of the carbon dioxides escapes from the solution. Without it, the dissolved limestone can’t remain in the solution, so it reforms into a solid mineral. This mineral is deposited as the travertine that forms the terraces.
As I mentioned, there are thousands of animals living in the park. These are bears, bison, wolves, many fish, and many bird species. In the park it is allowed to fish, camping, drive from boats along the lake, and in winter it is also possible to ride with snowmobiles. Yellowstone has something for everyone for sure. More what to do, you can find in the OFFICIAL PAGE.
I was really enthusiastic about this trip. I could not wait to go. I went out from my comfort zone for sure and people who were with me, they know this for sure. HAHA 😉
Can not wait for trips like this again!
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