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    Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone National Park Photo: Lane Erickson, Outdooractive Editors

Yellowstone National Park

Have you ever been to a National Park? If not, I suggest you add Yellowstone to your list. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is the first National Park in the United States. Established in 1872, it spans over three states and is home to a variety of wildlife. From grizzly bears and bison to elk and eagles, there is so much to see and do at Yellowstone. You could easily spend a week or more there and still not see everything. So if you're looking for an adventure, add Yellowstone to your list!


Area: 8900 km²
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Activities in Yellowstone National Park


Attractions in Yellowstone National Park


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Hiking trail · Yellowstone National Park
טיול לגיזר מוניומנט (Monument Geyser Basin)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 2 km
Duration 0:48 h
Ascent 204 m
Descent 13 m

מסלול טיול חד-כיווני, יחסית קצר, המוביל לגייזר המכונה בשם ״מוניומנט״ דרך נקודת נוף נהדרת על העמק

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Hiking trail · Yellowstone National Park
Fountain Paint Pots
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 1.1 km
Duration 0:17 h
Ascent 10 m
Descent 9 m

מסלול טיול קצרצר וקליל אך עשיר במספר מעיינות ובריכות מינרליות חמות צבעוניות וכן במספר גייזרים נמוכים אך מרשימים

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Theme trail · United States of America
Biscuit Basin Trail at Yellowstone National Park
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 1 km
Duration 0:15 h
Ascent 18 m
Descent 18 m

Short loop along the steaming geysers and pools of Bisquit Basin.

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Theme trail · United States of America
Midway Geyser Basin Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 1.2 km
Duration 0:30 h
Ascent 28 m
Descent 28 m

A short boardwalk leads us past  several impressive hot springs and geysers at Midway Geyser Basin.

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Theme trail · United States of America
The Fountain Paint Pots at Yellowstone National Park
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 1 km
Duration 0:30 h
Ascent 11 m
Descent 11 m

Short boardwalk trail to hot springs and geysers.

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Hiking trail · United States of America
Upper Geyser Basin Trail
Premium content Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.4 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 171 m
Descent 171 m

Great hike along the worlds most active geysers at Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin.

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Theme trail · United States of America
Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 6.3 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 24 m
Descent 24 m

Great hike to the Morning Glory Pool in Upper Geyser Basin, the basin with the largest collection of geysers in the world.

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For several centuries, Yellowstone's Indian peoples lived isolated from the rest of the country - access to the center of today's national park was not always as easy as it is today. The indigenous tribes have long appreciated Yellowstone and use the resources for themselves; hunting, fishing and creating tools from the obsidian rock. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that they succeeded in accessing further into the area. The white population recognized the value of the area and, in the course of the gold rush, began to search for noble resources themselves. After several failed expeditions, the press finally became aware of the Yellowstone area and general interest increased abruptly. In 1872, the first National Park in the US was finally established.

The Yellowstone volcano and its colorful pools

The colorful hot springs are the absolute highlight of the park - this fascinating phenomenon attracts thousands of visitors every year. The thermal springs, which are of volcanic origin, are home to various thermophilic bacteria and algae, which feel particularly good there and react with the pH value in the hot water, causing them to shine in a spectrum of colors.

Science is also highly interested in the so-called thermophilic bacteria. NASA, for example, is investigating the phenomenon in Yellowstone to study and simulate the living conditions on other planets. The microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park have also played a role in the medical field - and not all species of these tiny creatures have even been researched yet. Who knows what they can do to help us in the future.

To experience the colorful springs at close range and learn more, the park authorities have made the area widely accessible. Wooden walkways make it easy to explore Yellowstone National Park on foot - an ideal hiking trip for the whole family.

Home to many - Nature conservation in Yellowstone National Park

Admittedly, the flora and fauna away from the geysers and springs are only in second place when it comes to the highlights of the park. Wrongly so, because in the forests and mountains life is in full bloom. Lynxes, coyotes, badgers, foxes, wolves, bears, bison, ... the list could go on endlessly. The diversity of creatures speaks for the special nature of Yellowstone National Park.

On extensive hiking and biking tours, you can discover the wildlife paradise. But always keep to the rules at all times - for your own protection and that of nature. For Yellowstone to continue to provide such a wonderful home for flora and fauna, the area must be protected. Do your part by learning about it and leaving as few traces as possible when you visit.

Bull Elk in Yellowstone National Park.
Photo: Harrison Hargrave, CC0, Unsplash.com

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Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park by Fabian
September 30, 2017 · Community
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Old Faithful Geysir
Photo: Fabian Fischer, Community
Morning Glory Pool
Photo: Fabian Fischer, Community
Fantastische Landschaft im Yellowstone Nationalpark
Photo: Fabian Fischer, Community
Castle Geysir
Photo: Fabian Fischer, Community

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