Yellowstone National Park is famous all over the world. It is one of the largest parks in the world, which a huge variety of wildlife, beautiful scenery, lakes, wilderness, waterfalls, and, of course, geysers. The park, which is actually the caldera of a super volcano, has fantastic geothermal activity. This is why there are not just geysers but also steam vents, hot springs, and mud spots.
A Super Volcano
When you book on Yellowstone tour packages, you will inevitably be told about the fact that it is a super volcano. This may sound scary, particularly when you find out that we are also overdue its next eruption. When that happens, the world as we know it will come to an end. While there is nothing that can be done about that, you can enjoy this fantastic feat of nature at this moment, while it is still there.
They geysers really are not to be missed. They are similar to the more common hot springs, with the exception that the water is actually blocked. This blockage is caused by silica, sealing the chambers. However, the tremendous pressure inside the geyser means that the silica eventually breaks, leading to a huge explosion of steam. While geysers are not unique to Yellowstone, the park does have the planet’s highest concentration.
In fact, some 60% of all geysers are found within the park. There is simply no way, therefore, to see all of them in a single day. They are all over the park, and the park is the size of quite a large country. Plus, they erupt at different times and most are quite unpredictable. Rangers can predict some of the eruptions, but those predictions can still be about two hours off either way. The parks most famous, and most predictable, geysers are Old Faithful, Daisy, Castle, Riverside, and Grand.
To enable people to see multiple geysers on one visit, the park has been divided into four main areas. Visiting one area should be possible in one visit, although you will still have to hurry. The four areas are:
- The Norris Geyser Basin
- The Lower Geyser Basin
- The Midway Geyser Basin
- The Upper Geyser Basin
Old Faithful is found in the Upper Geyser Basin, where the largest amount of geysers can also be found. In fact, there are 150 geysers in that spot alone. At only half a mile wide, this is the perfect area to visit if you’re short on time but do want to see as many geysers as possible. Yet, you will still need quite a few hours to see it all.
Old Faithful was first found in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition. It erupts, on average, once every 92 minutes, and its steam eruption can reach as high as 190 feet. Another very unique geyser is Riverside Geyser, which shoots water across a river. Either way, when you visit Yellowstone Park, it will be virtually impossible to not see a single geyser, so you are bound to have a great time.