- By Kevin
- On May 11, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
When you take a visit around the Yellowstone National Park, some top attractions and places you must see in Yellowstone National Park. And here're 3 fun things may right for you and your family.
Liberty Cap is a 37-foot hot spring cone situated in the northern portion of Mammoth Hot Springs, at the bottom of Lower Terraces. It was created by a hot spring which remained in one location for a long time, depositing minerals to build the cone. Today the cone is no longer active. The geothermal feature was thought to resemble caps worn during the French Revolution and that is how it got its name in 1871. You can park nearby and look up to see beautiful terraces above it.
Petrified Tree in Yellowstone
The Petrified Tree is located near the main park road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt, near Tower-Roosevelt. The only remaining piece in the area is placed behind a fence to protect it from vandals and collectors. There used to be two other trees here, but were removed a piece at a time by past park visitors who took them home as souvenirs. The attraction was created during volcanic activity. Trees had their organic structure replaced by minerals while they were slowly buried by volcanic ash. Afterwards, take a scenic drive towards the Roosevelt Lodge area, named after the former president Theodore Roosevelt who used to enjoy this area of the park during his visits to Wyoming. Guest cabins, open from June through August, can be rented starting from $52 per night. For reservations, call 307-344-7311 or visit www.travelyellowstone.com. The Dining Room serves dishes such as baked beans and barbecued pork ribs in a rustic setting. Made famous by idyllic paintings of Thomas Moran, Tower Fall is created by a 132-foot drop of Tower Creek near Tower-Roosevelt and visible from the main road that goes to Canyon Village.
Wildlife Watching along the Blacktail Plateau Drive
On the main road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt take a detour down an unpaved road called Blacktail Plateau Drive. The road is one way eastbound and begins a few miles after Udine Falls. The area is rich with wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, mule deer, elk and bison. In the autumn, aspen trees turn bright gold, making this area particularly beautiful. The road is unpaved and steep in certain areas, so you won't be able to drive faster than a few miles per hour. If wildlife is on or near the road, you will have to come to a stop to not disturb the animals and enjoy the view. Expect to take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the drive. Afterwards, visit the Petrified Tree just down the main road towards Tower-Roosevelt.