Yellowstone’s Natural Wonders

Sometimes Yellowstone’s geyser and waterfalls overshadow some of the park’s amazing natural wonders. See giant waterfalls, petrified trees, natural rock arches, lava formations, and hoodoos.

Quake Lake. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

1959 Earthquake forms Quake Lake West of Yellowstone

On Aug. 17, 1959 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated Hebgen Lake, Montana, killing 28 people and creating Quake Lake Read More...

Upper Falls in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

3 Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Thanks to the Yellowstone River, tourists to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone have three spectacular sights in the Lower, Upper and Crystal Falls. Read More...

Sinks Canyon by Scott Copeland courtesy of Wind River Country

7 Natural Wonders On the Way to Yellowstone

Your route to Yellowstone includes some of the world’s most unusual natural wonders including a volcano plug and the world’s largest mineral hot spring. Read More...

Scenic Cruiser on Yellowstone Lake. Photo by NPS

8 Questions About Yellowstone Lake

How big is Yellowstone Lake? How deep is it? Is it natural? and answers to other questions about the largest lake in our America’s first national park. Read More...

The Yellowstone River beside Calcite Springs lava formations. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Basalt Columns like “Rock Fence Posts” in Yellowstone

See massive rock columns formed by lava flow 1.3 million years ago. They look like rock fence posts and can be found at Tower and Sheepeater in Yellowstone. Read More...

A petrified tree in northern Yellowstone. Photo by Ben Wadzinski

How Yellowstone’s Petrified Forests Were Created

Large “petrified forests” or fossil forests cover much of the Yellowstone National Park’s northern portion. Read More...

Mud Volcano Dragon's Mouth Hot Spring

Listen to the Recorded Sounds of Yellowstone

Free access to audio clips of people, animals and nature (think a bubbling geyser), many of which have been recorded in the Greater Yellowstone area. Read More...

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Mysterious Sounds like Whispers on Lake Yellowstone

What are the strange sounds? Some talk about ghosts and lost-at-lake souls. A paranormal investigator and Yellowstone’s historian talks about the mystery. Read More...

Yellowstone's Natural Bridge in the Bridge Bay Area. Photo by Greg Willis [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

See a Natural Bridge or Arch

Visitors to the Yellowstone region can see a natural bridge or arch in a few places. Read More...

The Yellowstone River above the Upper Falls

The Untamed Yellowstone River

As the only undammed river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone River flows 692 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Read More...

Tower Fall in Yellowstone

Tower Fall is Beautiful, Accessible Waterfall in Yellowstone

Located in the northeastern part of Yellowstone near Tower Junction, the fall plunges a stunning 132 feet past pinnacles that surround it. Read More...

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View a Waterfall in Yellowstone

Waterfalls in the Yellowstone Park area are abundant. There are close to 300 Yellowstone waterfalls. Read More...

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

What Created the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Pink and Yellow Colors?

Pastel colors mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls. Upwardly percolating fluids have altered the chemistry of the rocks. Read More...

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake – Where Fire Meets Ice

Compared to Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake seems fairly dull, but appearances can be deceiving. There’s a dome as big as 7 football fields and lava spires. Read More...

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Yellowstone Lake by the Numbers

All the numerical facts about the lake such as square miles and depth. Read More...

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Lower Falls from Artist Point.

Yellowstone’s Artist Point Name Was a Mistake

Many people think that this was the spot where famous artist Thomas Moran painted. Yellowstone Park photographer F. Jay Haynes thought the same thing. Read More...

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s Gibbon Falls

Located on the Gibbon River, the falls drop roughly 84 feet in a gradual descent. Read More...

Petrified tree trunk at Yellowstone National Park. by Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons

Yellowstone’s Petrified Forest

Around 50 million years ago, scientists say this area of the park was flourishing with tall trees when volcanic eruptions buried the forest in ash. Read More...