It was the world’s first national park and the most famous park of United States. The park was established in 1872 to protect the wildlife, history, historical homes, battlefield, Great Geysers, Hot Springs and more. It has 17 rivers and 290 waterfalls and area of more than 8,900 Sq. Km.
It has the huge and the best collection of wildlife in U.S. like black bears, gray wolves, pronghorn and many more. Here we have the list of the top things to see when you visit Yellowstone National Park-
1. Grand Canyon
It is around 20 miles long and is 10,000 years old. It has two magnificent waterfalls and pink and yellow coloured rocks. The colour of rocks is due to mineral stains for many years. The view is breathtaking and there are several view points to admire the beauty of the canyon.
2. Old Faithful/Upper Geyser Basin
It is one of the famous and must visit spot. It erupts in every 30 to 90 minutes. It expels water to the height of 30 meters. The basin also has 4 other geysers the Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Riverside and Daisy Geyser.
3. Lamar valley
Valley is situated east to the Roosevelt Tower and is home to bald eagles, elk, bison, osprey, coyotes, black bears, antelope and moose. To see wolves and bears you should visit early morning or late evening.
4. Yellowstone Lake
It is the largest lake in the park and is at high altitude. The scenery of lake is amazing and snow-capped mountains make it more attractive. To enjoy the view take a boat or ferry across the river. The place is famous among anglers. Most of the lake froze in winters but lake southern shores don’t freeze so, you can also see animals like bison, bald eagle and other.
5. Mammoth Hot Springs
It has hundreds of springs and terrace formed over thousands of year. The source of bubbling water is underground and depositing calcium carbonate. There are numerous roadways to explore the area. Near to the Hot Springs is a Yellowstone Fort; to know the history of the Yellowstone Park one should definitely visit the fort.
6. Hayden Valley
The valley is north to Yellowstone Lake. You will see the herds of bison, coyotes, elk, grizzly bear, ducks, Canada geese and Pelicans. You can also go for hiking.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring
It is the largest Hot Spring in the United States and after visiting the place you will know why it is called so. The water reflects rainbow colour when light hits it. The colours are due bacteria. The minerals and temperature of water create the perfect condition for bacterial survival. The center of the spring is blue and the boundaries have shades of red, yellow, green and orange.
8. Norris Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and popular geyser basin in Yellowstone. The basin has many geysers like Steamboat which erupt up to 90 meters. Some section of basin has no vegetation due to acidic water.
9. Morning Glory Pool
Before 1960 the pool was deep and blue but now the colour has changed. Visitors have been throwing, waste, coins and other trash to the pool which blocked the thermal vents. As the heat of the pool is reduced orange and yellow bacteria begin to grow on the edges. Though pool looks beautiful but now yellow bacteria is growing towards the center.
10. Mount Washburn
If you love doing hiking then you will definitely love the place. The mountain is around 10,243 feet high. There is an observatory deck at lower height from where you can get the wonderful view of the entire park.