Wyoming holds many treasures. If there is one national park you need to see, then it is Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the top ten best parks in the United States. You are sure to enjoy yourself. Without further ado, I give you 10 Inspirational Yellowstone National Park Pictures and Photos. You are going to want to pack your bags and head out there after reading this article. No matter the time of year, you are sure to have a pleasant time at this stunning park.
Let’s get started.
1. The Grand Prismatic Spring is Jaw Dropping
The nearby trail is called the Fairy Falls trail for a reason. The spring’s colors dance and intertwine to make magnificent shades and dyes. Believe it or not, but it is the largest spring in the United States and the third largest in the world.
It is named the Grand Prismatic Spring because of the optical prism, creating the red, orange, yellow, green, and blue colors you see. The color varies depending on the microbial mats at the edges of the mineral rich water. The winter mats are usually green while the summer mats are orange and red.
2. Lamar Valley has a Treasure Trove of Bison
If there is one animal you are sure to see in Yellowstone, it is the mighty bison. This majestic creature is a keystone species for the Great Plains. The Lamar Valley has plenty of them along with other wildlife like pronghorn, wolves, and grizzly bears. If you want to see wildlife, this is the place to go. The wide open plains along with a good pair of binoculars make for excellent viewing.
If you are interested in fly-fishing or kayaking, then the Lamar Valley is sure to be a go to destination for you. You can find plenty of rainbow and cutthroat trout to munch on.
3. The Grand Canyon is Phenomenal
No, I am not talking about the Grand Canyon of Arizona. I am talking about the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Measuring 24 miles (39 km) long, between 800 and 1,200 ft (240 and 370 m) deep and from .25 to .75 mi (0.40 to 1.21 km) wide, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a sight to behold. Geologists believe the erosion formed the walls of the canyon rather than glacial activity based on the walls.
The yellows you see are the result of iron rather than sulfur. It is hard to believe right? This is so because the canyon walls have been cooking over long periods of time and the iron oxidizing.
4. Thar She Blows! Right on Time
Old Faithful is, well, faithful. You can count on it to blow its super heated water on a timely schedule every 44 to 125 minutes. When probes were lowered down into it at a depth of 72 ft, scientists measured a temperature of 244 °F. You don’t want to lose your dog down there. It is one of Yellowstone’s most magnificent attractions.
When the super heated water gushes forth from Old Faithful, temperatures can reach 265 °F, making it quite hot. You don’t want to end up inside of it.
5. Artist Point is Often Crowded for a Reason
If there is a time of day to get to Artist Point, it is in the morning. The light shines differently on the falls than at any other time of day and there are not as many tourists. Artist Point is an overlook on the edge of a cliff. It is the kind of view Bob Ross would have loved to paint.
You are sure to enjoy the hike and the view from the overlook.
6. Mammoth Hot Springs are Just a Delight
The steaming hydrothermal features are sure to be a pleasant experience. There are a lot of them. If you can remember their scores of names, then I will be impressed. As you walk across the boardwalk, you can see mist and steam rising around you. Don’t worry though. It’s not too hot.
7. Lake Yellowstone is a Great Place to Relax and Unwind
As you gaze across the still, crystal clear waters of Yellowstone Lake, snow capped mountains act as a pleasant backdrop. The kayaking is lovely this morning. Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 ft in North America. It is quite the treat to say the least. It features 110 miles of coastline and can reach depths close to 400 ft.
How does a lazy fishing trip sound? The cutthroat and lake trout are sure to be wonderful catches. Fishing is open for business in Yellowstone from June 15th to the 1st Sunday of November.
8. Hayden Valley just Makes You Want to Run Across its Fields
If you’re looking for greener pastures, then Yellowstone is sure to have them. They are called the Great Plains for a reason. Straddling the Yellowstone river between Yellowstone Falls and Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley is an awesome place to view wildlife.
The wide expanses and a good pair of binoculars will let you see some majestic creatures. Be sure to go in the evening or early morning to see them while you can. Those are the times of days wild animals are most active.
9. A Fox is Always on the Lookout for Food
Even in the dead of Winter, a fox has got to eat. One of the many animals you are sure to see in Yellowstone is the red fox. Their diet rests on voles, mice, and other small rodents. If you come to the park in the Winter, then the image you see above will be a relatively frequent sight.
You might be wondering: how does the fox know when to dive? Well, because of its light frame, the fox treads softly and quietly on the snow covered ground. Through its laser sharp hearing and even the Earth’s magnetic field, the fox knows when to jump. It is a marvel to behold of astonishing accuracy. 73% of jumps result in a catch.
10. Black Bears are Lethal, so Keep Your Distance
Another wonderful animal you are sure to see in Yellowstone is the Black Bear. Most of these types of bears weigh between 135 and 315 lbs. Black bears have short curved claws making them much better suited for climbing than their longer clawed relatives. If you want to see these two, then you will need to go to the forest.
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