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Pictures Of Scenery, Geysers and Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park - October 28, 2006

Yellowstone National Park This was my first visit to Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. We only had one day, and we visited as much as we could. I trust you'll get a feel for what makes Yellowstone such a popular place. We entered the park from the north entrance near Gardiner, Montana.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park
Inside the Wyoming state line is the Mammoth Hot Springs. Much of Yellowstone National Park has unique geological characteristics, including hot sulphur springs, geysers and old volancoes. In the top photo, note the white and yellow rocks. Those formations are being shaped and created by hot spring water. Heated below, water travels through buried limestone and then bubbles to the surface to deposit travertine.

I snapped a picture with ~A~ beside a hot springs terrace that looks like it has been vomiting! :p)
Yellowstone National Park A view to the north of Mammoth Hot Springs and the Absoraka Mountains in southern Montana. The boardwalks exist to keep people away from walking too close to the hot sprigns. The ground can be unstable with a person falling through a thin layer of ground ... and bearing the risk of severe burns and death from scalding hot water.
Swan Lake Heading south, we briefly stopped at Swan Lake.
Sheepeater Cliff
Sheepeater Cliff
Sheepeater Cliff.

My other national park pages:
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park Heading south, things become more interesting with large areas of hot springs. This spring was situated on the roadside and the sulphur smell was particularly icky! :p)
    Emerald Spring
    Steamboat Geyser
    The Norris Geyser Basin is a worthwhile area with numerous geysers and springs. From a distance, the steam rising from the ground has the appearance of a forest fire. The top photo is Emerald Spring, and the bottom is Steamboat Geyser. Steamboat Geyser sprouted up water about five feet in the air that I caught on the camera. According to the sign, when the Steamboat Geyser erupts, it will shoot water 120 to 200 feet in the air, but don't hold your breath trying to watch it, because it reportedly erupts every four days to 50 years. Most geysers are unpredictable, by the way, with one exception being the Old Faithful Geyser, which we were headed to next!
    Gibbon Falls Gibbon Falls.
    Old Faithful Geyser
    Old Faithful
    Old Faithful Geyser Yellowstone National Park
    A few thoughts about the Old Faithful area. Firstly, if you're heading from the north, the Lower, Midway and Upper Geyser Basins are all definitely worth exploring. The Midway and Upper have about 50 geysers and hot springs pools that were active with emiting steam and occasional spouting water. If you have the time, you may want to explore them.

    Old Faithful has a huge parking lot with a gift shop, restaurant, lodge and other things to give the place more of an amusement park feel. Old Faithful is unique in that it consistently erupts water approximately every 90 minutes, and the park gives approximate times of when it will go off. There is plenty of seating around Old Faithful for people to sit and watch the geyser. The second photo shows the geyser when it is calm and slowly building pressure underground before its eruption. The bottom left is my best photo of the eruption, which lasted for about 90 seconds. And special thanks to ~A~ who drove and showed me around! :)
    Continental Divide
    Montana Sunset
    TOP: From Old Faithful, we drove a few miles to Craig Pass, which is part of the Continental Divide. You can see the page I made here: Craig Pass, Wyoming. Sadly, we turned around and headed home (to Livingston, Montana) at this point and missed out on seeing Yellowstone Lake, the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone" and its waterfalls and other sites to the east and northeast of the park.

    BOTTOM: On the way home between Gardiner and Livingston, Montana, I snapped this photo of the sunset! You can see my page about it here: Montana Sunset. :)



    Wildlife Inside Yellowstone National Park ...
    Buffalo
    Buffalo
    Wildlife!
    Yellowstone National Park is well-known for its wildlife. Buffalo freely roam the park and here are two photos from the car. Yes, they were that close to the road! :)
    Bull Elk
    Bull Elk Bull Elk
    A bull elk happily posed for me after eating some grass on the roadside.

    Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone National Park
    Now this was dangerous. Large elk freely roam the park and should be enjoyed ... from a distance. Note the unwise guy by the white truck. Not smart!
    Yellowstone National Park Two elk spar with their antlers near the Mammoth Hot Springs.

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