Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was the worlds first National Park created in 1872. A person could easily spend their entire life in this huge park and never see all of it. When people think of a National park, Yellowstone instantly comes to mind for most people. This park has almost 3500 square miles to explore, and it spans three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The roads leading throughout Yellowstone only will get you so far, in order to see most of the park you will have to venture off the roads and do some hiking.
Much of Yellowstone is closed to wheeled vehicles in the winter months, but a small portion of the park near the North entrance (Gardiner MT) is open year round. The bottom line is that much of this park sees an amazing amount of snowfall each year and plowing the roads is not feasible. By May, the entire park is usually opened and you can access the Yellowstone lake area and use the East entrance near Cody Wyoming.
Yellowstone’s Natural Wonders
This National park is loaded with amazing sights and filled with animals that you will rarely see anywhere else. Perhaps the most exciting features of this park are the geothermal areas and geysers.
[Yellowstone Geysers Page] Yellowstone hosts more geysers than the rest of the world combined. It sits on the worlds largest super volcano and the earth is literally boiling underneath this park. Yellowstone is also home to the most famous geyser on earth, Old Faithful [See Old Faithful erupt here]. This geyser erupts on average about every 90 minutes.
Hot Pools and Nature Trails
Yellowstone has several large boardwalks that will guide you through geothermal areas. You can safely walk through areas that are filled with pools of boiling water and be surrounded by some of the most unique natural phenomenons on earth. The Fountain paint pots trail for instance, will take about 10-15 minutes to walk and will put you right in the heart of some stunning bright blue hot pools and an assortment of geysers and other features.
Animals of the Park
Yellowstone has an abundance of wildlife and they are easily spotted from the roads. The animals in the park have not been hunted by humans for generations, so many of them have lost their natural fear of us. Elk, deer, bison, black/grizzly bears and wolves are a common roadside sight within this National park.
Bison have been known to block roads within the park. Don’t try to go anywhere in a hurry, because traffic jams like the one seen in the video (above) are common here.