See Old Faithful

See Old Faithful

World-famous Yellowstone National Park , established in 1872, is the oldest national park in the United States and one of the most popular parks in the country. Sprawling across a basalt plateau in the north-west corner of Wyoming, this magnificent wilderness area spills into neighboring Idaho and Montana. Prepare to gasp at the incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks, and abundant wildlife. Geysers, mud pots, fumaroles, and hot springs make this magma-filled pressure cooker of a park unlike any place else on Earth. If you're not here for the geysers, chances are that you've come to spot some of the teeming wildlife, from grazing bison to cruising trumpeter swans. The scenery ranges from snaking rivers and sweeping green valleys, to canyons, vast lakes, thundering waterfalls, and hissing lunar-like landscapes.

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Yellowstone is a land of contrasts. Each season paints a dramatically different scene - from the lush greens and sparkling blues of spring and summer, when herds of bison and elk graze along the river banks; to fall's fiery reds, oranges, and golds, when grizzlies and black bears bulk up on berries; to the white wonderland of the freezing winter. At any time of year, Yellowstone is a reminder of the awe-inspiring wilderness and abundant wildlife that once covered much of the planet, and offers visitors an unforgettable safari adventure in the wild American West.

The park lies over a hot spot where magma sits relatively close to the earth's surface. Millions of years ago, the magma's blistering heat melted rocks in the earth's crust forming chambers of magma that oozed into cracks or fault lines and sparked a series of violent volcanic eruptions. The last eruption, about 600,000 years ago, collapsed a vast crater, forming the huge Yellowstone Caldera that exists today.

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The Grand Loop in Yellowstone National Park is a great way to see a lot of landscape in a short of amount of time. It is a 142-mile-long road that curves around in a figure-eight past the park's most striking natural features. The road through looks like two circles on top of each other so plan your tour so you don't miss the most awe inspiring wilderness areas on the planet: Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Upper Geyser Basin, Midway Geyser Basin, Firehole Canyon Drive, Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.

At each attraction, well-maintained boardwalks and hiking trails take visitors to close-up views of each feature as well as breathtaking view points.

The most famous geyser, Old Faithful, is not the parks largest geyser but it is the one that erupts most frequently.

The entire tour can take up to seven hours.

The best time to visit Yellowstone is from April to May or from September to November. These seasons offer mild weather and fewer crowds. July and August are the most popular months to visit. Beware, temperatures have been known to drop into the 30s even in the summer. The National Park is open throughout the year, but many roads are closed from November to April. During the winter, expert a wide range of temperatures, spanning from subzero digits to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't let that stop you: There's nothing quite like seeing plumes of steam rise from beneath a thick blanket of snow and ice.

West Yellowstone is a small, fun-filled town and is Yellowstone National Park's busiest gateway and a mecca for year-round outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Summer finds visitors fly fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, trail rides and hiking while those in the winter come to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and touring snowcoaches. Wildlife watching is a year-round activity, while great shopping can be found along the boardwalks of the west gate to the world's first national park.

Enjoy the freedom to explore this spectacular wilderness and rent your own private vacation home so you can come and go on our own timetable.

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