The Yellowstone Country Inn

Learn About Yellowstone

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Natural Phenomena & Scenery

North entrance to Yellowstone

Yellostone is home to a large number of natural thermal phenomena and striking views. There are several that are considered "must see"s if this is your first time in the park. So make sure you visit:

  • Mammoth Hot Springs - The large terraces are formed by mineral deposits from the springs.
  • Old Faithful - Quite possibly the most famous natural feature of the park.
  • Yellowstone Lake - Yellowstone Lake is especially beautiful in the spring as the ice melts
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - Gorgeous canyon carved by the Yellowstone river.
Yellowstone National Park Poster 1938

Yellowtone Wildlife

A wide varety of animal species freely roam the park. You will definitely see bison, but if you're lucky, you will see a bear or a wolf. Here's some of the species found in Yellowstone:

  • Black Bear
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Bison
  • Elk
  • Deer
  • Bald Eagles
  • Wolf
  • Coyote
  • Moose
  • Fox
  • ... and many more.
Grand Prismatic Spring

What Makes Yellowstone, Yellowstone?

The most striking features of the park are all due to what lies beneath the surface: a supervolcano, also known as a caldera. The volcano is still active, and it is what powers the geysers, mudposts, hotsprings and steam vents. The presence of these thermal features played a big part in Yellowstone becoming the first national park.

Since becoming a national park, the wildlife has been allowed to live and thrive with minimal human interference. That is why you'll see such a diversity of animals.

Should I be worried about the volcano erupting? The simple answer is 'no.' The science of forecasting a volcanic eruption has significantly advanced over the past 25 years. Most scientists think that the buildup preceding a catastrophic eruption would be detectable for weeks and perhaps months to years. Precursors to volcanic eruptions include strong earthquake swarms and rapid ground deformation and typically take place days to weeks before an actual eruption. Scientists at the YVO (Yellowstone Volcano Observatory) closely monitor the Yellowstone region for such precursors.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the National Park Service's website for Yellowstone National Park.