Yellowstone National Park is a wilderness and nature sanctuary that can provide you with a lifetime of special adventures. With its 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone offers sightseers and explorers the famous Old Faithful and hundreds of geysers, hot springs, lakes, rivers, valleys, forests, mountains and diverse wildlife throughout the park. Here are highlights of one special visit I shared with a friend in this amazing National Park.
Sixty percent of the geysers in the world are located in Yellowstone National Park with Old Faithful, the worlds most famous geyser, a must see. We spent time in the Lower Geyser Basin where colorful geysers and hydro thermal activity can be viewed while strolling along a boardwalk. Plan to spend time viewing these incredibly unique geysers on your visit!
Head north from Old Faithful and enjoy a scenic side road along the Firehole River and views of the 40-foot Firehole Falls. Wildlife may surprise you along with the beauty of this protected environment.
Hayden Valley was a favorite place of ours to view bison, listen to the call of the coyotes and watch the birds. The valley is enchanting and peaceful, yet becomes frightfully exciting as you find yourself in the path of buffalo! To get to Hayden Valley head to the middle of the park above Bridge Bay.
From Hayden Valley, we headed north to view the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This Canyon is about 20 miles long of stunning views. We hiked Uncle Tom’s trail consisting of 300 stairs and a steep elevation change of 500 feet. If you are up for this hike, the spectacular view of the Lower Falls is well worth the adventure and views.
Yellowstone lake, with it’s 141 miles of shoreline, is the largest freshwater lake at an elevation above 7,000 feet. Drive and view the Lake in the southern part of the park.