Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming. It’s the first National Park in the U.S. and considered to be the first national park in the world, known for its wildlife and many geothermal features. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by ongoing volcanism.
The park is also the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. From the geysers and hot springs to the lakes, forests, and wildlife, Yellowstone National Park should be visited by all at least once in their lifetime.
Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by its ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover a great majority of Yellowstone National Park, creating one of the most surreal places you’ll ever visit. In some areas, nearly molten rock flows as little as two to five miles below the surface and you may not even know it. The four basic types of thermal features that reside in Yellowstone are geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud-pots. Many of these are concentrated in Yellowstone’s major geyser basins: Upper, Midway, Lower, Norris, West Thumb, Shoshone and Heart Lake.
Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers. Mainly because the park is home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the United States. Those who visit are likely to see a number of animals in Yellowstone freely roaming the landscape. From bears — the black bear and grizzly, to gray wolves, bison, wild horses, eagles and many more. There is no other feeling that compares to the one that you get when you’re driving alongside the road next to a herd of bison, or pulling over to observe a black bear as it’s walking along the lake searching for its next meal. It’s always a great experience to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, the way it was intended.
Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s premier wilderness areas. The park covers more than 2.2 million acres and has more than 900 miles of hiking trails crisscrossing Yellowstone. To really explore over 98 percent of wilderness, you have to get off the beaten path and onto its rugged, dynamic and beautiful backcountry.
LAKES AND WATERFALLS
In addition to the geothermal activity, Yellowstone also has an abundance of rivers which feature waterfalls and lakes, one of which is the largest mountain lakes in North America.
Yellowstone Lake is the largest high-altitude lake in North America. As you drive along the shoreline both east and north, you get a pristine view of snow-capped mountains rising across the lake. Did you know that Yellowstone also has a grand canyon? The mighty and impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone features three spectacular sights, the Lower, Upper, and Crystal Falls. The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon (308 ft. high) is one of the most photographed parts in all of Yellowstone.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Yes, Grand Teton is a national park in its own right, but the fact that it’s located just south of Yellowstone makes for a great opportunity to explore two national parks without having to drive hundreds of miles in-between. Grand Teton is located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is connected to Yellowstone by way of Rockefeller Parkway. It offers hiking, camping, climbing, boating, kayaking and numerous photography opportunities.
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In 2015, Founder of TMDE Paul Martinez left a career in sales for a life of exploring. In just a matter of months he had visited over 10 countries, 30 cities, 10 states, countless national parks, taken thousands of photographs, and did a ton of soul-searching. His search uncovered a deep passion for exploration; which he now believes to be the essence of the human spirit, and led to the birth of The Modern Day Explorer. You can follow him on his personal journey by visiting his Instagram, and hopefully continue to support TMDE by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.