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Cool Things to See and Do In Yellowstone National Park

By Edited May 11, 2015 3 5

Yellowstone Park is Americas Oldest and most beloved National Park. There is a lot to see and do inside the gates. Here are some of the top attractions you should keep an eye out for when you are visiting the National Park.

Wolves

About 100 wolves[1] live inside the Park. The Wolf has been a political debacle ever since it was reintroduced into the Wild. Many people feel that the Wolf should be allowed to live and roam free in their natural habitat while others such ranchers are against the reintroduction of the wolves because they claim that the wolves kill their livestock. Wolves are not as easy to see as many other animals when you are visiting Yellowstone but if you are lucky enough to see 1 then you may see multiple wolves because wolves tend to travel in packs.

Clepsydra Geyser

 Everybody is seemingly familiar with the Old Faithful Geyser, even if they have never had the opportunity to see it in Person. A lesser-known and not as famous geyser is the Clepsydra Geyser. The Clepsydra Geyser is the original Old Faithful because it would erupt every 3 minutes. The Clepsydra Geyser was more faithful then Old Faithful was. The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake altered the Clepsydra Geyser forever and no longer does this geyser erupt every three minutes.  Maybe the pressure is building up in the ground for a Super Volcano That will destroy the Western United States; at least that is what a few people believe.

Buffalo

Buffalo, also called Bison, are the largest mammals to live on land in North America. Many people do not realize that buffalo are vegetarians. While the Yellowstone Bison may not be card carrying members of PETA, you also will not see them eating the meat of a dead animal carcass. You can often see Bison roaming all around, including walking on and across the roads. Do not approach the Bison and always yield to them. These monstrous animals can and will destroy your Subaru Outback if they are provoked or feel threatened.

Bus

The Yellowstone bus is one of the many busses that service tourists. During the late 30s and trough the earl 1950s the Yellowstone Busses were very popular. Eventually they were phased out and no longer used. One of the original Yellowstone busses has since been restored and is once again taking tourists on guided tours of Yellowstone National Park. A weekend trip to Yellowstone may also help you to rekindle your marriage.

Lower Falls

 At a height of 308 feet the Lower  Falls is a very awesome view to behold. If you are close to the Lower  Falls then you can entirely immerse yourself in the scenery because not only are you seeing the falls, but you are also feeling the pulsing of the water and hearing the beautiful sounds of the water crashing against rock. The Lower Yellowstone Falls is a truly awesome sight and a must-see on any trip to Yellowstone National Park. 

Rivers

There are numerous rivers in Yellowstone including the largest and most famous river in Yellowstone, the Yellowstone River. The rivers attract numerous animals. You may see wolves, foxes, squirrels, birds, and countless other creatures at the rivers in Yellowstone. The heart of Yellowstone is not the Yellowstone Lodge and Old Faithful Geyser like a lot of people seem to believe. The true heart of Yellowstone is the rivers. The rivers are the lifeblood of the ecosystem of Yellowstone and is what keeps the many animals, birds, and insects alive. Without the rivers there would be no Yellowstone National Park.

Winter  

Most tourists never visit Yellowstone when it is winter. Yellowstone in the wintertime is an amazing place. It is like losing your virginity to Mother Nature. You may have been to Yellowstone Park a hundred times but until you see it covered in snow, you will not fully realize how beautiful this place is. Another benefit of traveling to Yellowstone in the winter is that the Park is not near as busy. Keep an eye out for fresh animal footprints in the snow if you get to visit Yellowstone in the Snowy Winters. 

Junior Ranger Program

 There may be no better way to give your children a sense of accomplishment and understanding of Mother Nature then the Junior Ranger Program. The Yellowstone Junior Ranger Program is available for kids 5-12 years old. The Junior Ranger Program will teach and show kids the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park. These Junior Rangers will be able to grow up with an understanding and appreciation of the Yellowstone ecosystem that will help them to preserve this amazing National Park for future generations. You do not have to actually visit the National Park to be able to participate in the Junior Ranger Programs.

Camping

There is no better way to visit then to campout. Camping can only be done in marked areas and a lot of the time you may be required to have a reservation if it is a busy time of the season. IT is truly majestic to camp out. Camping is relatively safe but you do need to ensure that you follow all the rules and regulations including not leaving food around that can attract bears in to your camp.

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
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This book is not only very interesting and actually amusing to read, but it is also done in a very educational manner. This should be required reading for everybody before they visit Yellowstone. There are many stupid things that are done each year inside Yellowstone and sometimes it results in death. Do not jump out of your car and run up to a buffalo and snap a picture with your flash in front of him. He will startle and you may die.
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Comments

Feb 26, 2013 3:18pm
Gonzo
That Wolf is Pretty Scary Looking!
Feb 26, 2013 3:32pm
thehigherstandard
I need to get to the Lower Falls for sure!
Feb 26, 2013 3:38pm
Gonzo
Lower Falls is definitely Pretty.
Feb 26, 2013 6:22pm
Marlando
Hi--I lover Yellow Stone and was there a couple of years ago--went down the Snake River and of course saw old Faithful; the peaks are are overwhelming and the forests intriguing. Liked your article too so 2 THUMBS and a rating.
Feb 26, 2013 8:09pm
Gonzo
I live pretty close to Yellowstone. I hope I can get to go there this summer again. I really like it too. Thanks for the comment Marlando!
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Bibliography

  1. "Wolves of Yellowstone." National Park Service. 26/02/2013 <Web >

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