Since prehistoric times, herds of bison have roamed freely across America’s first national park, which spans the continental divide and stretches across parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana in the heart of the Rockie Mountains.
The vast 2,221,766-acre refuge of Yellowstone National Park is also home to some of the world’s most prolific natural marvels; adventurers will observe upwards of 10,000 thermal features, including kaleidoscopic hot springs, bubbling clay mudpots and steam vents, plus more than 300 active geysers.
The most famous? Old Faithful, which erupts approximately every 92 minutes. For many visitors, this area is the heart and soul of the park, and the unique Old Faithful Inn is one of America’s finest lodges, with a sprawling rustic lobby and huge stone fireplace that harks back to yesteryear.
The oldest and most famous National Park in the United States is home to grizzly bears, wolves, herds of bison, moose and elk. There are hundreds of species of birds, 16 different species of fish and of course, the illusive gray wolf.
While many of these creatures see humans every day and are relatively tame – don’t be fooled – they’re still wild animals and feeding of the animals if not permitted.
A photographer’s paradise, between the striking geysers, diverse wildlife and exotic flora and fauna there is much to be captured and admired within the park. The Rainbow Pool garners much photo lens action – as the name suggests, the hot spring’s unique algae produce a striking rainbow colour, starting with an intensely blue centre fading to green, yellow and an outer orange hue.