There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone; waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, rivers, lakes, wildlife, mountains… a little bit of everything in this huge park. Each area of the park is so different and unique. The main areas include Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful and surrounding geyser basins, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Hayden and Lamar Valley.
Yellowstone Lake has over 140 miles of shoreline, and is located in the middle of the park. It is the largest alpine lake in North America, and has the largest population of native cutthroat trout in North America. There are many hiking trails, recreational activities and fishing opportunities in this area.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is approximately 20 miles long, ranging from Upper Falls to Tower Fall. There are two tremendously flowing waterfalls in Canyon Village, contrasted against the yellow-tinted rhyolite rock. There are great viewpoints of the waterfalls, as well as wonderful and scenic trails in the surrounding area.
Old Faithful and the nearby geyser basins are world-famous for a reason. Yellowstone National Park contains 60 percent of the world’s geysers. Old Faithful is located in Upper Geyser Basin, which is less than one square mile, but hosts over 150 geysers. Between Upper Geyser Basin and the Madison junction are Biscuit Basin, Midway Geyser Basin— where Grand Prismatic resides, and Fountain Paint Pots.
Mammoth Hot Springs is located at the north entrance of the park, it is surrounded by mountains and features a steaming travertine terrace. It is truly out-of-this-world. The Boiling River is just north of the hot springs, where you can soak in the perfect mixture of boiling hot water and chilly Gardner River water.
Hayden and Lamar Valley are where you want to go if you want to see wildlife. They both host herds of bison, packs of wolves and sleuths of bears. The best time for wildlife viewing is early in the morning, and it is definitely worth getting up early for.