Yellowstone is the best national park you'll ever visit. Built on top of a huge volcano, the area is very seismically active and the landscape is constantly changing. Enjoy one of the many waterfalls or watch some of the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Things To Do
Yellowstone has so many things to do, you could spend weeks in the park and still not do everything. Most of the following activities are best done in the summer. Those that can be done in the winter are great due to less people being in the park.
My favorite park of Yellowstone are the waterfalls. There are 290 known, and several more being discovered each year. The most impressive waterfall in the park is the lower Yellowstone Falls.
Make sure to check out additional photos of waterfalls in Yellowstone at the bottom of this article.
Yellowstone is world famous for its wildlife. Some of the wildlife you can find there are bison, bear, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, bald eagles, moose, and wolves. The bison may be the most photographed of the bunch.
Wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone a number of years ago and are currently endangered, although that may not be the case for much longer. Their population has been thriving in recent years.
Most of the wildlife in the park do their best to keep their distance from people, but people are sometimes too curious and get too close. Getting too close to wildlife can be dangerous, especially in the case of bison, bear, and moose.
Yellowstone has 12 different campgrounds to choose from. Each one has differences in available space and amenities. All the campgrounds are first come, first serve. To get a good camping spot, you should arrive early or reserve a spot before your visit.
For those who prefer to camp away from any sort of civilization, there are designated camping spots along some trails in the backcountry. For maps and backcountry camping spots, it is best to check with a nearby visitor center after entering the park.
Hiking in the backcountry of Yellowstone can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Many of the more remote trails will lead you to geological features that are rarely seen by people. Make sure to be prepared for hiking in the backcountry and be aware of the dangers posed by Yellowstone. Wildlife is definitely a concern if you get to close.
An often overlooked danger is the ever-changing nature of the park. Since the park is within a large active volcano, the landscape can change at any moment, and without notice. Some trails may be closed due to dangerous conditions from nearby volcanic activity.
As mentioned before, the park sits on top of a large and active volcano. The heat from the magma chamber below the surface is noticeable in many of the hydrothermal features on the surface. The most famous feature is old faithful, a geyser that erupts approximately every 90 minutes.
Elsewhere in the park, there are several fields of geysers. Many of these are larger than old faithful, but erupt much less often. There are boiling mud and water pits in many places as well. Some of these emit some good amounts of sulfur dioxide, which smells like rotten eggs.
The park is rattled by thousands of small earthquakes each year. These earthquakes can sometimes be felt when visiting Yellowstone. They are a constant reminder of the ever-changing environment in the park.