- By kevin
- On Apr 22, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Book the bus tours to Yellowstone from Las Vegas on the Globerouter.com, and study the information with us about things to do & activities in Yellowstone. The park is divided into eight areas: Canyon Village; Fishing Bridge, Lake Village and Bridge Bay; Madison and West Yellowstone; Mammoth Hot Springs; Norris; Old Faithful; Tower-Roosevelt; and West Thumb and Grant Village.
One of the best places to catch a glimpse of Yellowstone's fascinating wildlife is Hayden Valley. This lush valley north of Yellowstone Lake is a highly visited gathering place for bison, elk, coyotes and grizzly bears. While you can get a good view of the valley from the Grand Loop Road, you need to get out your car for the best perspective. Hikers should check out the area's two trails: The Hayden Valley Trail runs parallel to the Yellowstone River from Yellowstone Lake to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, while the Mary Mountain Trail traces the valley's northern edge. While you're exploring, be sure to check out some of its geothermic features, such as Mud Geyser and Sulphur Spring.
Past visitors praised the valley's scenery, but many were most excited about seeing its various animals. For a better view of harder-to-spot critters like wolves, several suggest bringing a pair of binoculars. Just remember to keep a safe distance from the animals. The National Park Service advises staying at least 100 yards away from wolves and bears and roughly 25 yards away from other kinds of animals.
Hayden Valley is situated roughly 40 miles southeast of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone's Canyon Village area. The valley's closest facilities are located about 8 miles north at the Canyon Village Education Center. It is accessible 24 hours a day between April 20 and Oct. 10. You may also opt to join an organized tour offered by operators like Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Buffalo Bus Touring Company.
Norris Geyser Basin
Old Faithful may be Yellowstone's most well-known geyser, but this geothermal hot spot in the Norris area is the park's oldest and hottest. From its boardwalks, visitors can see rare acid geysers like Echinus Geyser, as well as the tallest active geyser in the world, Steamboat Geyser.
Although the basin's geysers rarely erupt, recent travelers highly recommend checking out this geothermal area, saying it's an "other-worldly place" and the "best geyser basin in Yellowstone." A few, however, caution that it can get crowded and run out of parking spaces at the main lot, so consider arriving early or late in the day. Sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to visit.
North Geyser Basin sits near two museums and a campground, which are open daily between mid- or late May and late September or early October, though exact hours may vary by season. Meanwhile, the basin's geysers can be visited 24 hours a day during the summer season. All of the region's facilities are free to use, but a Yellowstone park pass (valid for seven days) is required.
The only way to reach the area (which sits about 20 miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs) is by car or tour bus. Travelers can reference the National Park Service's Norris Geyser Basin Online Tour when planning their North Geyser Basin itineraries.