Besides wildlife, Yellowstone national park is famous for its geysers and hot springs. Some are predictable like the Old Faithful; others bubble and gurgle like the Paint pots. Some howl like monsters and others are still.
They may be brown and orange or prismatic with blue-green shades. They all smell of Sulphur.
And you don’t want to miss them.
Artists Point in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
One of the most unusual scenic vistas in Yellowstone is the artist’s point. This is a beautiful canyon with yellow rock that gives the park its name. The falls, the colors of the canyon and the river below are beautiful.
There is a short walk with a vista point for a perfect group shot. We spent some time here before heading to the lake.
After seeing a bunch of hot springs, we headed to Lake Yellowstone. This is where the caldera is – below the lake. Along the lakefront there are more hot springs and geysers. We walked around the boardwalk to take a look at the beautiful colors in the water.
Old Faithful Geyser
On day 2 and 3 in the park we saw various geysers and hot springs with Old faithful being the most spectacular one. Every 45 minutes the geysers erupts like clockwork. We all got there early to get a place in the front row and waited for the count down. And when it was time the geyser erupted ferociously and faithfully. Awesome.
It amazed adults and kids alike. One of America’s greatest natural wonders!
While we were in Old faithful area we continued further and saw the Firehole falls. We hiked a bit in the area before we headed out of the park towards the West Entrance.
We stayed overnight outside West Entrance and then started for an all day trip to Seattle the following morning. Pre-kids,we all loved Yellowstone national park. Animals, geysers, hot-springs, lake, camping and telling each other stories of bison attack as we walked back to the campsite in the dark. That night it rained and water entered our tents soaking us. Some of slept in the van scared about bear attacks and carbon dioxide poisoning.
If we were to plan now we would probably stay in one of the motel outside the park or in the historic lodges by Old Faithful. It will be a different experience now nevertheless it will still be equally amazing!
We were fortunate to spend an evening as well as an early morning in Lamar Valley – it’s the place to be to view wildlife. You will see more than bison’s and deer’s here. Brown bears, coyotes crossing the road, and even foxes.
We did one trip on our own and then did another one with a guide who had a telescope. We could see a family of wolves only through the telescope.
And while we were driving, we came across a classic scene. Lots of cars parked along the road, people running with their camera and an excitement in the air. We also ran as we knew this was the biggest attraction in the park – Grizzly bear.
We saw a small cub and were super thrilled that since its mom was not nearby we could go see the cub up close.
Another such scene is for the elusive Moose and for eagles. Be warned though if there is a ranger asking you not to stop and see the animal, follow his advice. Else you may get a ticket; just as our friend almost did.
The park is a mecca of animals. To truly see wildlife you have to get up at 5 :00 am and drive out into the valley. The advantage of the guide is that he brings out hot coffee and breakfast along with the telescope. Do plan a trip here especially if you have older kids who will enjoy seeing animals in the wild.
I apologize for the poor photos. They were all taken from the car for the fear of Bisons that were everywhere. The guys had scared me with stories of bison attack. don’t let them put you off from visiting the park. It is a park I want to take Varun when he is a bit older as there is possibly no amusement park that can match what Yellowstone has to offer!