Best Areas to Visit within Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park has four major areas or sections. It is easier to stay outside the park, avoiding traffic and enjoying Yellowstone Holiday accommodations on Hebgen Lake. They also offer a premiere RV park in Yellowstone, outside the West Entrance.

The Madison district is popular for spotting wildlife and flyfishing. This area is also home to Old Faithful, hot springs, geysers, steam vents, paint pots and fumaroles.

The Lake district includes Yellowstone Lake, fumaroles and hot springs. It is also an area popular for bear sightings.

The Canyon district has high elevations, which makes for excellent grazing meadows. Hayden Valley is home to abundant bison herds during August, which makes this an excellent attraction. The Canyon district is well known for deep canyons, waterfalls, stunning vistas, a high elevation mountain pass and wildlife, which includes elk and bears. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is nearly 20 miles long and runs from the Upper Falls to the Tower Falls area. The depth is between 800 to 1,200 feet and the width is approximately 1,500 to 4,000 feet. The canyon is a modern addition to the park and is no more than 10,000 to 14,000 years old.

The Norris district encompasses the Norris Geyser basin, a dynamic geothermal area that provides beautiful meadow scenery and views of the Gibbon River. The Norris Geyser Basin is the oldest and hottest thermal area in the park. It measures 459 degrees a mere 1,087 feet below the earth’s surface. The waters here are generally acidic, which is uncommon for geysers. The two most popular geysers are Steamboat Geyser and Echinus Geyser.

Mammoth district is the upper area of Yellowstone and includes the popular Norris Geyser Basin. This is a stunning geothermal basin and contains open meadow scenes, which are popular in the fall for the grazing elk herds. This area also features the ever-famous travertine terraces and is home to the Yellowstone Park headquarters, including the park’s historic buildings. The travertine formations can grow up to 12 inches per year and rapidly shift. The flow and location of springs can change daily, which means that each visit to Yellowstone National Park brings new sights to this area.

The Tower/Roosevelt district is well known for waterfalls, river scenery and wildlife. It also features past geologic evidence of volcanic eruptions. It is one of the best areas to see spring and winter wildlife.

Yellowstone National Park features several distinct areas, which make the park unique from any other area on earth.

For visitors planning their stay, Yellowstone Holiday is located outside the West Entrance to Yellowstone. They offer Yellowstone RV camping, Hebgen Lake lodging and exceptional activities, including Hebgen Lake boat rentals and fishing.


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