What can you do during a visit to Yellowstone? Answering that can run the gamut from watching Old Faithful to learning about Thomas Moran, but to give you a head-start here are 10 items that should be on your "to-do" list when you visit the park.
No more iconic park exists in the world than Yellowstone National Park, thanks to its role in launching the national parks movement, its incredible geothermal features, beautiful scenery, and rich fount of wildlife.
Yellowstone is a precious, beautiful preserve of nature, one that constantly delights and challenges visitors to learn more about the natural world. Whether you come in search of the world's greatest collection of geothermal features, to glimpse wolf, bear, moose or bison, for long hikes into the wilderness or to camp along rivers or lakes, Yellowstone will bring you to the end of your search.
Anchoring the northwestern corner of Wyoming, and lapping over a bit into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone is a portrait of wild America. Within its 2.2 million acres you roam a landscape that contains the full assemblage of wildlife that John Colter might have encountered when he wandered across this landscape in late 1807 and early 1808.
Within this landscape is the world's greatest collection of geothermal displays, with more than 10,000 geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles. There are thick lodgepole pine forests, aspen glades, and vast rolling meadows. Mountains rise more than 11,000 feet above sea level, while the canyon cut by the Yellowstone River plunges more than 1,000 feet.
Visitors today don't face the same hardships John Colter did in exploring the park. There are ample lodging and dining facilities in Yellowstone, a minimal, but efficient, road network ready to carry you to the major attractions, and campsites that don't need to be hacked out of the wilderness.
And yet, if you're seeking a wilderness experience, that can be had to, as most of the park is managed for its wild nature.
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