A Guide to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s incredible 2.2 million acre park became the world’s first ever National Park in 1872. Since then it has been wowing visitors with its spectacular views, variety of wildlife and active geysers. 

The parks main attractions are visible and accessible from the “Grand Loop”. This loop takes you on scenic paths throughout the park where you are likely to see some amazing wildlife such as bison, moose, elk, bears, pronghorn and much more. Aside from the animal wildlife you will also find over 1,700 different species of plants

Places to Visit

Artist Point

This beautiful and easily accessible location features an easy walk from the parking lot to the artist point where you have an amazing view of the upper falls. These photos will be sure to make the wall of family framed photos. The parking lot is usually buzzing with professional photographers and many other travelers trying to drink in this incredible canyon view.  

Mud Volcano

You’ll occasionally see bison hanging around the area enjoying the warmth from this awesome geothermal area. There are several small mud volcanos that are spread out along a boardwalk that is about 0.6 miles long and takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. The must see main attraction here is “Dragon’s Mouth Spring”. Keep in mind there will be sulfur smells that can get quite strong. 

Gibbon Falls

Recommend you take the path along the river just down from the main area to avoid some of the heavier crowds and see the best views. This area also caters to people of all abilities. You can choose to go short or long distances to see more of the sites or see the falls from the road. Stop by and listen to the roar of the water and see the beautiful view. Gibbon Falls is sure to be instagram worthy.

Old Faithful

Come visit the most popular and legendary site in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful! This geyser sounds like a jet engine when taking off and consistently goes off every 90 minutes (give or take 10 minutes). While you wait, explore the boardwalk and trail to see more geysers and wildlife. Please be aware that it is not a petting zoo and these animals are wild and have been know to be aggressive if they feel threatened. 

Mammoth Hot Springs

Choose from several boardwalks that allow you to wander around and see all the hot springs that are scattered around the hillside. You can also stay in the car and drive around the vehicle pathway and view sites from your car. Elk and other wildlife usually find their way here as well and add to the beauty of these awesome hot springs. 

Brink of Lower Falls

Witness the power of mother nature as you stand on the secure fenced platform and look over the falls and into the canyon. Just the sound of the rushing water is overpowering in its feeling and is well worth the hike down and then back up. Beware the hike back up can be difficult for some people with it’s 600ft elevation gain.

Thumb Geyser

These deep blue pools are close to Yellowstone Lake and offer some amazing scenery around them. There is a boardwalk that leads you to many different pools and great view. This area is among the first you’ll see if entering the park through the south entrance and is considered a good started to whats to come. You wont find shooting geysers but this less crowded area makes for a great place to stop and have lunch at the community picnic tables.

Black Sand Basin

Emerald pools, beautiful colors and geysers are what you’ll find on this 1/4 mile long trail. Cliff Geyser, on the edge of Iron Spring Creek, is a must see and can reach up to 40 feet and will erupt every few minutes. The area was names “Black Sand Basin” because of the volcanic crushed glass.

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