Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA is one of the most astonishing and beautiful places we’ve ever been to. But also the surrounding area – Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole valley – has much to offer. Dramatic mountain ranges, vulcanic activity, fascinating colours, wild animals, rough water, imposing cliffs… Everything just breathes a rugged beauty that’s hard to describe. So above all, Yellowstone National Park is a place to see for yourself. To give you a taste, here’s an overview of the greater region of Yellowstone in pictures. You can click on each one for a larger view.
The majestic mountain ranges surrounding Jackson Hole valley are a dramatic sight to see. Even in early spring, the surrounding flora supports the sight beautifully.
This is my only bear picture. Squeeze your eyes! The only reason we spotted it was because there was a traffic jam of excited tourists with binoculars and telelenses alongside the road.
By chance, we had some free bicycles at our disposal, so we decided to take a bike ride through Jackson Hole valley. Man, was it worth it! The meadows, wildlife (bird of prey and moose), Snake river, beautiful picnic spots and a weird angry bull made our tour around the valley very impressive indeed.
A couple of years ago a massive fire raged through parts of Yellowstone National Park. Forest fires are healthy and normal for this terrain. However, as they had been prevented from happening for quite a while, the one that did occur was enormous. That’s why we saw so many dead trees lying criss-cross on the rocks and ground or still sticking high up in the air. The new generation of trees rising from the fertile ashes reached to only a third of the original height of the forest line.
We went kayaking on Lewis Lake, a smaller lake than Yellowstone lake but much more peaceful and equally stunning. Lined with pines and a landscape covered by half-melted snow, this was definitely an experience we wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
“I haven’t seen a car come this way for a while now… Something’s up. Maybe some bisons on the road,” our ever-so-wise guide said on our way to a geyser spot. Sure enough, a herd of young males came trodding down the road a minute later, followed by a long row of patient cars. They were so close to the window, that we could’ve reached out and touched them. I have to admit though, I was a teeny bit scared. Those bisons are BIG.
You can’t have been to Yellowstone without having seen the Old Faithful. Named for it’s regular eruptions, this geyser spouts water up to 56 meters (185 feet) in the air every 91 minutes or so. It is truly impressive to see such a geographical feature up close. When you visit this geyser, be sure to step inside the Old Faithfull Inn next to it, a multi-story log building that is claimed to be the largest log building in the world.
These lagoon-like pools have beautiful deep blue colours. But don’t be fooled by their looks. The water that bubbles up from deep within the earth is so hot, that if you would go into the water you would burn alive.
The bright colours near the hot pools and geysers are caused by bacteria that grow on the ground because of the water that flows from these geological features, which comes from deep inside the earth and is rich with minerals and bacteria.
Mud pots. Basically it’s boiling mud, but it looked a lot like boiling paint to me.
All along the hot spots and mud pots boards were laid for tourist to walk on and remain safe. However, everywhere you could see hoof prints from bisons that just happily trot through the apparent mine fields that are geyser basins. I’ve been told they have a sixth sense for predicting eruptions. Then again, I’ve also been told they occasionally find bones in the pools. You never know…
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