Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone Natural Wonders


Castle Geyser. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Yellowstone National Park has been designated as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America. It is a truly unique place with many of its features having the distinction of being the most, the longest, the largest.

What makes Yellowstone so special?

Geothermal Features

Yellowstone has the largest supervolcano on the continent. Half of the world’s geothermal features are here, around 10,000 in all, including 300 geysers. Geyser basins throughout the Park feature groups of steaming, gurgling, and spraying spectacles, many in glorious color.

Old Faithful Geyser

Of Yellowstone’s geysers, Old Faithful is the most famous. It is named “Faithful” because of the predictability of its eruptions. The geyser’s timing has changed over time, but it consistently erupts every 60-110 minutes (about 17 times per day.)

The Lakes and Rivers of Yellowstone

The Yellowstone River runs through a Grand Canyon featuring three of the largest waterfalls in the park. It is the longest undamned river in America.

Yellowstone has over 45 named waterfall, and hundreds of unnamed falls. The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon is the tallest, plunging 308 feet. The view is so picturesque that an overlook has been named, Artist Point.

Yellowstone Lake, at 20 miles long, 14 miles wide and 390 feet deep is North America’s largest mountain lake. The bottom of Yellowstone Lake is hydrothermally active, and has hydrothermal vents, spires, craters, domes, and rhyolitic lava flows.

Learn more about Yellowstone’s natural wonders by exploring the sections below.

Yellowsone Geysers & Hot Springs

Nothing represents "natural wonders" quite like natural hot springs and geysers. Yellowstone is home to about half of the world’s geysers—the largest concentration on earth!—including the famous Old Faithful. After a day of tromping through the park watching these geysers erupt, you can relax with a soak in any number of the area's hot springs. Read More...

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the most breathtaking sight inside Yellowstone Park. Twenty miles long, the canyon is up to 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep in places. From several vantage points, you can view Lower Falls plunging steeply into the canyon 308 feet, or the Upper Falls tumbling 109 feet. Read More...

More Yellowstone Natural Wonders

Yellowstone's natural wonders are a must-see, including geysers, hot springs, wildlife, waterfalls, and much more. Read More...

Yellowstone Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls

Although Yellowstone's geothermal features are the main draw, there are also rivers which feature waterfalls and Yellowstone Lake, the largest mountain lake in the U.S. Read More...

Yellowstone Volcanos

Did you know that Yellowstone National Park is actually an active supervolcano? As you walk around the park you may think: "I don't see any volcanos?!" That's because much of the entire park is a volcano - and the bubbling geysers and hot springs are an indication of the churning activity below the surface. Read More...

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