After his expedition west with Lewis and Clark, John Colter decided
to travel home by way of the Rocky Mountains. In 1807 he happened upon
the Yellowstone basin, and was probably the first white man to see its
geysers and mudpots, but his reports were rejected as ridiculous by
the press of the day. The area was dubbed "Colter's Hell"
and dismissed as the hallucination of a crazy mountain man. Colter's
account was verified again and again, though, as more trappers and
explorers traveled through the area. In 1871, Dr. Ferdinand Hayden led
a surveying expedition into Yellowstone, and included painter Thomas
Moran and photographer William H. Jackson on his team. The release of
Hayden's findings, coupled with the stunning photographs and paintings
of the fantastic landscape, piqued the public interest, and paved the
way for Yellowstone to be designated as the first national park in the
world in 1872.
Yellowstone's amazing concentration of geysers and other thermal
features is the result of a "hot spot" in the earth's
mantle. Several enormous volcanic eruptions, the last only 600,000
years ago, formed the caldera in which the geyser basins and
Yellowstone Lake are located. Old Faithful, one of the most
predictable geysers in the world, is the most popular thermal feature
of the park, but there are about 10,000 other geysers, pools, and
fumaroles for you to see. Each of Yellowstone's geyser basins has its
own character, and each one is worth a visit.
Geysers are only part of the attraction of Yellowstone. It is prime
wilderness area, preserved as it has been for centuries. Herds of elk
and American bison are protected within the park boundaries, as are
its black and grizzly bear populations, and several reintroduced wolf
packs. These are by no means the only species that call Yellowstone
home. Numerous other mammals, birds, and fish, including the native
Yellowstone cutthroat trout, find a haven in the park, making it one
of the best places in the nation to observe wildlife.
Add to this the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with its
breathtaking views of Upper and Lower Falls, the lofty mountains of
the Gallatin and Absaroka Ranges, the travertine terraces of Mammoth
Hot Springs, and many other scenic features, and you come up with one
of the most rewarding national park experiences in the world.
Yellowstone is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage
What to see and do. The 142-mile-long Grand Loop Road winds in a
figure eight past the most popular attractions in the park and
connects with all highways into and out of Yellowstone. Ask for a
schedule of events, obtainable at any visitor center, so you can make
the most of your visit. A three-day stay will allow you to tour the
park's major attractions at a leisurely pace. Should you only have one
day to spend in Yellowstone, park personnel suggest you concentrate on
one or two aspects of the park that most interest you, and spend
several hours at each site. Please note that traffic in the park moves
slowly in peak season, so budget plenty of time to reach your
The major attractions are Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of the
Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, and Mammoth Hot Springs. The more
remote areas, such as the eerie moonscape of Norris Geyser Basin, home
to Steamboat, Yellowstone's largest active geyser, and Echinus,
popular with "geyser gazers," can offer an equally rewarding
Yellowstone experience. Visit Midway Geyser Basin to see the
polychromatic display of Grand Prismatic Spring, or check out the
Fountain Paint Pots as they burble pastel mud in the Lower Geyser
Basin. See the petrified remains of a redwood forest up on Specimen
Ridge, or take a walk on the boardwalk past Old Faithful to visit
Grand Geyser, Morning Glory Pool, and a host of other thermal
features. If you long to see wildlife in their natural habitat, don't
miss Hayden or Lamar Valleys.
You can certainly see the highlights of Yellowstone National Park
without venturing very far from your vehicle. But the park offers a
full range of recreational activities, from boating, canoeing, and
fishing (park license required for all three), to hiking, horseback
riding, and every type of camping experience. There are close to 1,000
miles of trails in Yellowstone; some lead deep into the park's
backcountry wilderness, and some are scenic loop trails that take
visitors right to the edge of sparkling hot springs or breathtaking
Ranger stations are located at or near all park entrances and at
several other places around the park. Albright Visitor Center and Park
Headquarters are located at Mammoth Hot Springs. You will find other
visitor centers at Old Faithful, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, and Grant
Village. There is a Museum of the National Park Ranger at Norris
Geyser Basin and another museum facility at the West Yellowstone
Chamber of Commerce, Public Land's Desk. There are information
stations at Madison and at West Thumb. Because of Yellowstone's high
elevation, snow closes all but one of the park entrances by early
November. This doesn't mean the park closes, though. Once the snow is
deep enough, main roads in the park are groomed for snowmobiles and
snow coaches, and a number of trails are groomed for cross-country
skiing. Mammoth Hot Springs remains open all winter, and is accessible
by car. Old Faithful Snow Lodge can only be reached by snow vehicle,
but is the starting point for many ski and snowshoe treks. Concessions
within the park and in the gateway towns provide snowmobile rentals
and snow coach tour reservations. ©2001 Rand McNally & Company.
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for example, has long been known as the pinnacle for viewing wildlife,
home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and
elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the
largest accessible ecosystems remaining on the planet. It is not
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Auto Racing Events
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