- By Kevin
- On May 11, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Browse great family vacation ideas in Yellowstone National Park and other SC destinations, and hotels around Yellowstone, some travel tips about Yellowstone National Park you can't miss.
The Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin
Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone is home to the majority of the world's active geysers. Every visitor stops for a glimpse of the Old Faithful, one of the most famous geysers in the world. The geothermal features are a treat for geologists and travelers alike. Attractions are connected with an elaborate system of boardwalks which lead visitors near colorful pools and geysers at a safe distance. Continue on the boardwalk across Firehole River up Geyser Hill where you can admire Anemone, Beehive, Lion Group and the Heart Spring. Afterwards, the path leads through the Castle-Grand Area which received its name after two prominent geysers: Castle and Grand. The boardwalk continues to the Giant-Grotto Area, Morning Glory-Riverside Area and ends up at Biscuit Basin.
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Most visitors to Yellowstone drive past the West Thumb Geyser Basin, busy heading to the Old Faithful Area. But if you have a couple of hours, park the car and explore this incredibly diverse area on the shores of the Yellowstone Lake. It offers spectacular views and colorful geothermal features. The attraction is located just north of Grand Teton. The basin was formed approximately 150,000 years ago by a large volcanic explosion. The caldera (volcanic crater) lies within a larger caldera, which encompasses the central and southern portions of the park.
Thermal features include the Abyss Pool, Twin Geysers, Black Pool, Fishing Cone, Big Cone, Lakeshore Geyser, Lakeside Spring, Seismograph and Bluebell Pools and Thumb Paint Pots. The pools feature bright colors such as green, brown, orange and yellow, created by heat-loving organisms that live in the pools. The best way to see the the area is to follow the ?-mile boardwalk loop which circles the Central Basin and its thermal features. There are two loops. The inner loop measures 1/4 mile while the outer loop, which passes near the lake, measures 1/2 mile. Even though the boardwalk does not have any steps, there is a steeper grade on the outer loop of the trail. The trail leads visitors near colorful hot springs, lakeshore geysers and blue lake. Observe how the thermal features extend under the surface of the lake. Underwater geysers can be seen as bulges on the lake's surface. In the winter, hot water melts holes in the ice.
Thumb Paint Pots
Thumb Paint Pots look like a giant thumb print in the ground. Mudpots differ from hot springs in that their water is much more acidic and dissolves the underground into clay mud. They are constantly changing, passing through periods of activity and inactivity.