Yellowstone National Park Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park

  • 1. Geysers/hot springs

    These two geothermal activities are interconnected. Cistern Spring is a gorgeous blue overflowing pool that deposit as much as a half inch of sinter – opaline silica – Old Faithful deposits that much...

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  • 2. Old Faithful

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    $21 million dollars buys you quite a visitor center. Standing a couple hundred yards away from Old Faithful, the vast lobby windows face the famous geyser. You can learn about geothermal activity and...

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  • 3. Mammoth Hot Springs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When the water is running, this is one of the most sublime areas of the park. The colors, shine in the sun. We've been to Yellowstone several times over the years. I went as a kid with my parents and...

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  • 4. Grand Canyon

    5 out of 5 stars

    Lower Falls is the more magnificent of the two great waterfalls here in the Grand Canyon. It is 308 feet high while here, the Upper Falls is 109 feet. Upper Falls is the easier of the two you can walk...

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  • 5. Wildlife

    Yellowstone is as famous for its natural life as it is for its geysers. Traffic jams in the Park are almost always created by animals – someone sees a particular animal and stops on the road to get a...

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  • 6. Hayden Valley

    Driving from the Canyon Village towards Yellowstone Lake will take you next through Hayden Valley. The scenery mellows in contrast to the wildness of the Grand Canyon. Meadows extend from both sides...

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  • 7. Waterfalls

    Wonderful place to stop along the road between Old Faithful and the Lake Area. There is a campground and numerous picnic areas. Each offers a unique ability. Here, there is a trail to the falls, but...

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  • 8. Morning Glory Pool

    The Morning Glory Pool is only 1.4 miles from the Old Faithful Visitors Center by way of a partial boardwalk partial paved path. Along the way you will pass many of Yellowstone?s notable geysers like...

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  • 9. Tower Falls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seeing so many elk in one place (especially in the middle of the village) was a thrilling treat, but what waited for us on the way to Tower Falls just blew us away. The 24-mile drive takes you along...

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  • 10. Yellowstone Lake

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    under construction Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation (i.e., more than 7,000 ft.) in North America. It is a natural lake, situated at 7,733 ft. above sea level. It is roughly 20...

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  • 11. Old Faithful Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dating to 1903-04, the Old Faithful Inn is the World’s largest log hotel – possibly largest log building, as well. The design is classified as National Park Rustic and it was the first of the great...

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  • 12. Buildings/Vistor Centers

    Yellowstone is a huge park and so the Park Service has several different visitor's centers distributed throughout the park. Each one is a little different in orientation so you could go to all of...

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  • 13. Roosevelt Arch

    In the early years of Yellowstone National Park, most visitors entered via the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana. Because the number of visitors entering this way rose even higher following the...

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  • 14. Rivers

    On the way from West Yellowstone to the Old Faithful Inn, I took a picture of an old fisherman with a Santa Claus beard fishing in the river (photo 3). We stopped at Black Sand Basin on the morning of...

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  • 15. Outside the park

    It was only 15-minutes later and almost high noon when we came across this huge herd of Mountain Goats – I’d never before seen that many in one place, and apparently none of the many other spectators...

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  • 16. West Yellowstone

    We arrived and departed through West Yellowstone because it had the closest airport to the park entrance. I didn't want to drive great distances as the only licensed driver. When we arrived, we picked...

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  • 17. Petrified Trees

    A short walk near Tower junction are some petrified trees. Cool - trees that are so old they are now rocks (how many years ago were they trees I wonder?). Not insignificant sized trees either. I did...

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  • 18. Mt. Washburn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We started out in mid-morning. Reached the top and enjoyed a picnic lunch looking over the park. We noticed clouds to the west, so we started down. Halfway back, it started to snow (few flakes), but...

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  • 19. Flora

    The driver guide told us that there were three main kinds of tree (all conifers). The most common is the Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). There are also Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) and...

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  • 20. Winter visits

    There are two ways into the the park in the winter, cross country skiing, snowmobile or snowcoach. They do not allow private vehicles into the park in the...

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  • 21. Viewing wildlife?

    We were very disappointed with the wildlife (lack of it) in Yellowstone Park. In four days of visits we saw a few bison, one grizzly (a long way away), three...

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  • 22. Fort Yellowstone

    When Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 the American West was still a wild and desolate place. The early years of the Park were difficult times....

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  • 23. Walk a trail...

    Yellowstone has many, many trails like this one to get you closer to nature. This boardwalk will also provide you with information about the landscape, geology,...

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  • 24. Ride your motorcycle!

    I have been almost high for several days now coming back from this trip. No drugs, just the ride through the park. The corners are perfect for a great ride. The...

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  • 25. Grand View.

    This viewpoint is situated on the North Rim drive. Although you cannot see the falls from here, there are lovely views up and down the canyon.There are, on the...

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