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

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.

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.

Scenic Cruiser on Yellowstone Lake

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.

The Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park

Did You Know There is a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone?

Giant waterfalls pierce the Yellowstone River while pastel colors mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls.

Firehole Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Firehole Canyon Drive to Waterfall & Swimming Area in Yellowstone

Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way road off the Grand Loop south of Madison. The drive has a waterfall overlook and swimming area. Watch the time-lapse video.

Hikers near the Yellowstone River Picnic Area atop basalt columns

Lava Columns Look 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Brink of the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

View a Waterfall in Yellowstone

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

Upper Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone

Visit Yellowstone Virtually

See, hear and experience what’s happening in Yellowstone, thanks to videos, photo galleries and some amazing technology.

Big Cone on 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.

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Yellowstone Lake by the Numbers

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

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.

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone's Gibbon Falls

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