Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 & located primarily in Wyoming, was America’s first national park. To this day, Yellowstone remains one of the country’s most popular national parks with millions of annual visitors. Yellowstone spans almost 3,500 miles, and extends into parts of Montana and Idaho, making it one of the largest national parks in the US.
According to my friend who runs a dental clinic in New Braunfels. He visited this park last month and tell us more about it. He said Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth. Approximately 50 percent of the world’s hydrothermal features are at Yellowstone National Park. The most famous of all the geysers is Old Faithful, one of the most popular and recognized natural wonders in the United States.
For many visitors, observing Yellowstone’s multitude of wildlife often trumps even the bizarre geothermal landscapes. Black and grizzly bears, the largest herd of wild bison in the US, elk, coyotes and moose can be found here. One of the greatest wildlife reintroduction stories in recent history – the return of wolves to Yellowstone – began in the 1990s, dramatically increasing park biodiversity and cementing the park’s status as the largest preserved ecosystem between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer.
Much of Yellowstone’s tourism – and a fair amount of its volcanic velocity – funnels into the phenomenal geyser Old Faithful, which jets boiling water more than 164ft into the air with uncanny regularity. Best accessed through the park’s South Entrance and to the west of West Thumb and Grant Village, it’s at the heart of the park’s super-volcano. Old Faithful is also the most popular stop-off, but it’s just one of many fascinating features in the Upper Geyser Basin.
First off, given nearly one-quarter of the world’s geysers are located in this vicinity, it’s worth downloading the Yellowstone National Park Geyser App (ypf.org), which helps you plan your visit around eruptions.
You’ll likely want to stay for at least one of Old Faithful’s explosive spectacles. The newest way of watching it is from a boardwalk mostly made up of old tires from the park’s fleet of vehicles. But to evade the hordes, hike the 1.1-mile Observation Point Trail loop, which delves into the surrounding forest and factors in its own regularly erupting geyser, Solitary Geyser, besides providing fine views of the Old Faithful action over the treetops.