Yellowstone National Park Attractions

I had known about Yellowstone National Park attractions since I was a teenager, but never thought the day would come when I would be able to see them in reality.

Well, this year in June it happened!!!

While driving North from Nevada (where we spent the winter) back to Canada, I noticed on the map that the road crossing the magnificent park was an option… We were running a little out of time, but being so close it was a shame to skip it. Oh, how happy I was when my husband confirmed that yes, we could do it!

Yellowstone National Park Attractions viewed in a one day trip

After passing the Grand Teton National Park going North, we shortly arrived in the park at the South Entrance. This one is a less attractive entrance, but it is still beautiful. Not far from this place we noticed that we were at the point of the Continental Divide at an altitude of 7088 feet – wow, we were quite high…

Yellowstone National Park Continental Divide sign

Yellowstone National Park Continental Divide

The first stop was of course at the Old Faithful Inn, where we parked the car. This hotel is located in the Upper Geyser Basin. It was close to the designated board walks, and I took them to see some of the famous Yellowstone National Park attractions: geysers, hot springs and pools.

The Geysers of Yellowstone

The first thing I saw was the Castle Geyser, with a sign predicting the next eruption. First I thought I didn’t see well, but looking more attentively, I clearly read the text – the next eruption was supposed to happen the next day!!! I heard scary things about the Yellowstone Park danger of eruptions, but I didn’t know what the consequences would be for this one…

Castle Geyser prediction for eruption

Castle Geyser prediction for eruption

I was wondering what all the people around me were thinking about this, but they all looked relaxed and enjoying their free time…hmm!

After we left, I checked the news for the next few days, but couldn’t find anything… I arrived at the conclusion that most probably eruptions here are a common thing. More than this, it is actually a good thing that they happen, because they release a little of the pressure of whole volcano underneath, which I read has became quite threatening: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/18/yellowstone-volcano-bigger-than-thought

The board walks are totally secure, and there is no danger at all exploring the literally boiling environment around, if you follow the park rules. Left and right there are geysers and bubbling/fuming pools – the landscape reminded me of some scary SF movies 🙂

Geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

Geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

Hot springs and geysers at the Uper Basin in Yellowstone

Hot springs and geysers at the Upper Basin in Yellowstone

Now, it depends on how you look at things too.

Stunning colors

All these uncommon manifestations of mother nature can actually appear to be very interesting and beautiful (after you get a little used to them and relax). The colors of all the toxic fuming waters along with the calcareous deposits around them, are quite amazing, if not obnoxious so to say…

Fuming basin around the castle geyser with orange colors

Fuming basin around the castle geyser with orange colors

Zesty edges of the Crested Pool in Yellowstone with wonderful color contrast

Zesty edges of the Crested Pool in Yellowstone with wonderful color contrast

Amazing green and brown orange at the Belgian Pool

Amazing green and brown orange at the Belgian Pool, surrounded by purple flowers

  • It looks like these purple flowers like volcanic soil – we’ve seen them at the Craters of Moon in Idaho as well.

Old Faithful Geyser

One of the main Yellowstone National Park attractions is nevertheless the Old Faithful Geyser. It’s supposed to erupt every hour or so, and if you have time and patience you can see it in its full “splendor”.

Old Faithfull at Yellowstone

Old Faithfull at Yellowstone – photo by courtesy of Wikipedia

More stunning scenery and Yellowstone National Park attractions

We had to keep moving.The next sightseeing while driving North was at the Lower Geyser Basin, along the Firehole River

Geysers at the Lower Basin in Yellowstone

Geysers at the Lower Basin in Yellowstone

Firehole River and geysers in Yellowstone

Firehole River and geysers in Yellowstone

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

It was cloudy and the rain was quite imminent. Passing through Norris Point on the way to Gardner River, I was blown away by the incredibly beautiful greens revealed by the light before the storm!

Beautiful green color of the field in the light before the storm in Yellowstone National Park

Beautiful green color of the field in the light before the storm in Yellowstone National Park

Green fields and light before the storm in the Yellowstone National Park in June

Green fields and light before the storm in the Yellowstone National Park in June

As we were driving up the hills, the storm has suddenly arrived – to me it was beautiful and I would say it was one of the Yellowstone National Park attractions in the summertime.

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

I couldn’t resist taking this photo with all the water drops on the windshield, sparkling in the sun

Summer rain in Yellowstone National Park

Summer rain in Yellowstone National Park

The visibility was not ideal I would say, but fortunately it didn’t last too long 🙂

Rain and storm at Yellowstone

Rain and storm at Yellowstone

Wildlife in Yellowstone

The sun reappeared and the wildlife came out for a nice snack 🙂 Deer and Moose were all together in the pasture. I’ve never seen so many in one place.

Wildlife in Yellowstone Park

Wildlife in Yellowstone Park

Deer in Yellowstone

Deer in Yellowstone

I agree that our wildlife experience in Yellowstone was not very extensive. There is much more to see, and the wildlife is ont of the main Yellowstone National Park attractions… If you like to watch animals in the wild, I can recommend to you a self guided tour offered by professionals:


Self guided wildlife tour in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Lower Loop Self-Guided Tour from West Yellowstone

You will be able to see buffalo, elk, even grizzlies and  wolves,  all in one day! This besides a lot more of the fantastic Yellowstone National Park attractions.

Check it out! 🙂


When it comes to Yellowstone National Park attractions, a one day trip can become quite long – with so many things to see!

We were almost at the end, and after driving trough this high pass between the mountains, we approached the North entrance (our exist)

High Pass through the mountains

High Pass through the mountains

But the end was not quite as close as we thought. – Another fascinating area was just about to reveal 🙂

Mammoth Springs at Yellowstone

Mammoth Springs and rock formations

Mammoth Springs rock formations

We spent about an hour looking around and taking photos – who could imagine it was so beautiful 🙂

Mammoth Springs at Yellowstone

Mammoth Springs at Yellowstone

This was our one day journey into the Yellowstone National Park attractions. We didn’t really know what to expect and the best itinerary to take. But you can take a (self guided) Yellowstone tour with all the knowledge and advice you need.


 

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