Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a United States National Park located primarily in the state of Wyoming, but also extends into parts of Montana and Idaho. The park was established by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. It is often considered the greatest act of preservation for wildlife and the natural environment in the history of our country. The park is absolutely packed with an abundance of wildlife and natural features, the most famous being the Old Faithful Geyser. The 3,468.4 square miles contains lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges that are legendary and considered to be some of the most naturally beautiful areas in the world. Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited parks of its kind, especially by those who love the outdoors and nature. An RV rental doesn’t get much better than it does here.
Things to Do at Yellowstone National Park
Visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the first large canyon on the Yellowstone River downstream from Yellowstone Falls. It is one of the most popular attractions at Yellowstone National Park, providing visitors amazing photo opportunities at both the upper and lower falls, the opportunity to listen to ranger talks in the morning and afternoon, and tours around the lower falls on Uncle Tom’s Trail. The original trail no longer exists, but there is a steep stairway down to the base of the lower falls, which is Uncle Tom’s Trail. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone features some of the most mysterious geology of the park, some of which still isn’t fully understood.
Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone that erupts almost every 91 minutes, making it one of the most predictable geographical features on the entire Earth. The geyser, as well as the Old Faithful Inn, is part of the Old Faithful Historic District, an area with a visitor center that has exhibits and rangers that will answer any questions you may have. The geyser itself can launch 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet lasting from 1.5 to minutes long. This is inarguably the most recognized and famous landmark in the entire national park and for good reason. It is one of the most wondrous and engaging geographical features in the world due to its predictability, something that nature doesn’t always provide.
Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the entire world. The Grand Prismatic Spring is located in the Midway Geyser Basin and is named for its striking coloration. The colors match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism, making it an incredibly picturesque and awesome scene. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mas that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. These bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red, summer colors tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green. The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of Yellowstone’s most popular attractions and is truly a special natural landmark.
Campgrounds Near Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Park / West Entrance KOA
The Yellowstone Park / West Entrance KOA is located just five minutes West of the entrance to Yellowstone in West Yellowstone, Montana. It is one of the most popular campgrounds for those traveling around Yellowstone and lives up to the high standards that KOAs have. The park is filled with numerous sites for RVing and tenting, many of which are full hookup sites. The amenities here at Yellowstone Park / West Entrance KOA include: wifi & cable TV, a swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a snack bar, propane, a “kamping kitchen”, mini golf, firewood, a pavilion, bike rentals, tour shuttles, a video game room, planned activities, discounts, and more. This KOA will definitely satisfy your camping needs!
Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park
The Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park is located just 20 minutes from the East entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Cody, Wyoming. It is a Good Sam certified RV park and is one of the most visited campground for those traveling into Yellowstone from the East end. Yellowstone Valley Inn has 60 spaces available, 23 of which are full hookup sites. The amenities here include: wifi, the Shoshone River, a heated swimming pool, a playground, a spa, cabin/cottage rentals, dump stations, fire rings, firewood, laundry, mobile sewer service, onsite rentals, restaurant, restrooms, tenting, handicap access, pets are welcome, an emergency phone, discounts, and more. You will definitely not regret choosing to stay at the Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park!
Yellowstone National Park is a national treasure and deserves to be seen by anybody who can get here. The majestic natural landscapes are breathtaking and truly show how amazing this planet is!
Safe travels and we hope to see you here soon!