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What to See in Yellowstone

What to See In Yellowstone

See Yellowstone Wildlife

At over 2 million acres in size, Yellowstone has endless highlights to suit any trip. For those interested in Yellowstone wildlife, head to the Madison Area, Hayden Valley or the Tower Falls/ Roosevelt areas. Here, visitors can witness the incredible close-up experience of buffalo herds passing in front of their cars, herds of elk migrating across verdant plains, and in the springtime, bears fishing in rivers teeming full of trout.

See Natural Wonders

For those wishing to explore more natural wonders, the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon, Mammoth and Mount Washburn areas are full of natural wonders ready to be photographed.

See Waterfalls

In the Mount Washburn area, plentiful hiking trails lead to stunning viewpoints of high alpine valleys and the Yellowstone Basin. In the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, prepare to be awed by the 308-foot lower Falls, a massive torrent of water twice the height of Niagara Falls; the largest volume waterfall in the Rockies. From the view points along both rims, as well as right above Lower Falls, prepare to be amazed by the pounding of crashing water and the burnt red walls of the jagged canyon landscape.

See Geysers and Hot Springs

Perhaps Yellowstone most attractive highlights, Yellowstone’s Geyser Basins and the Mammoth area are most famous for their incredible thermal activity. Manifesting in deep, kaleidoscopic pools of boiling water, sudden and violent jets of superheated steam and calcium-tiered hot springs, perhaps no other place on earth has such an incredible reminder of the intense volcanic forces at work under our feet. Mammoth hot springs, with its multicolored calcium pools, the violent colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring and the boardwalk connecting the incredible volcanic pools of the West Thumb Geyser are all worth a visit.

See Old Faithful

The most famous of Yellowstone’s volcanic attractions is Old Faithful, a geyser that shoots superheated steam 200 feet into the air every 90 minutes.

Things to Know

There are several things to know about Yellowstone to ensure overall enjoyment and safety during your vacation. Firstly is the dangers of the parks, various geothermal activity. Never stray from marked paths or boardwalks, as boiling hot water and steam can often lie just below the earth. These thermal areas cause an injury every year. Take every precaution. Another issue is the freedom with which animals roam. Drive slowly, as buffalo commonly stroll over highways, and do not bother animals, even those that may be seen in urban areas. Visitors should also be aware of the sudden weather change brought on by high elevations, campers should be prepared for cold nights. Long roads in the park also mean that drivers should be aware of their gas levels, though there are several gas stations located at Mammoth, Yellowstone Lake, and Fishing Bridge areas, among others. Visitors should also be aware that though there is a small percentage of camping spaces available by reservation, most are first come, first serve, and fill up quickly by the afternoon. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Lastly, as most of Yellowstone’s most famous attractions are viewable from parking lots or short walks, crowds can become very congested. Arrive earlier or visit later to avoid both the large crowds and afternoon heat.

Must See Attractions

  • Madison Area
  • Hayden Valley
  • Tower Falls
  • Roosevelt areas
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin
  • Grand Canyon
  • Mammoth and Mount Washburn Areas
  • Yellow Basin
  • Lower Falls
  • Geyser Basins
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • West Thumb Geyser
  • Old Faithful