The Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

January 22nd, 2013 Yellow Stone Safari
Old Faithful Geyser

Established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park is undoubtedly one of the most magnificently breathtaking places in the world. The eighth wonder of the world if you ask me!

 

Yellowstone National Park spans 2,219,791 acres in northwest Wyoming, sprawling into parts of Montana and Idaho. To give you an idea of the size of the park, it is actually larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

 

Located in a vast volcanic basin, the most recent volcano eruption was more than 600,000 years ago, making it home to  over 10,000 remarkable geothermal features, such as geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud pots.

 

Yellowstone holds more than half of earth’s geothermal features, in fact 500 plus geysers make up more than 75% of all the geysers found on earth. Also home to the world’s largest geyser, the geysers of Yellowstone are located in seven major basins.

 

The seven major geysers of Yellowstone are Steamboat, Old Faithful, Grand, Castle, Giantess, Beehive, and Lion. Steamboat, which is the world’s tallest active geyser, located in the Norris Geyser Basin. The rest of the geysers are found in the Upper Geyser Basin.

 

Although it has never been the largest, Old Faithful, “has been the most regular and frequent geyser that erupts to a height of more than 100 feet.” Erupting about every 60 to 110 minutes, Old Faithful is one of the most popular attractions at Yellowstone National Park.

 

The remarkable geothermal features, including the geysers, are just one of the many reasons Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular vacation destinations. A must-see for sure, here at Yellowstone Safari Co, we offer an array of wildlife safaris and tours. Whether you would like to see these amazing geysers or tour the less traveled areas, we offers years of knowledge and experience in Yellowstone National Park.

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*Source: Yellowstone National Park

*Image Courtesy of Yellowstone National Park

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