Exploring Nature: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks – Day 5: Natural Wonder

Today you are going to visit Yellowstone, the legendary nature reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the morning, go to the store and spend some time on the shore of Jackson Lake. Have breakfast here and continue your journey.
Exploring Nature: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Trip duration: 7 days

Alexander Popov

Colter Bay Convenience Store

Convenience Stores

Buy water and food for the day in a shop near the visitors centre. Take a coffee and a sandwich for breakfast and some snacks for the road. In addition to food products, travel items are aslo sold here: batteries, camera memory cards, etc.

Jackson Lake Overlook

Scenic Lookouts

Jackson Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. It is one of the largest alpine lakes in the United States, at an altitude of 6772 feet above sea level. It is worth staying here to enjoy the landscape and the water surface, stretching for miles.

Yellowstone National Park

National Parks

Yellowstone National Park is the first and main national park of America. It was created in 1872 by the United States Congress, to preserve its many wonders and to show them to people. A treasure that inspires travelers from all over the world! In addition to the magnificent rocky mountain landscapes, the park is one of the main reserves, which is inhabited by many animals. It is also the site of the greatest concentration of geysers and hot springs in America and around the world. The park is open all year round, but some months are particular good for visiting. In July and August, the park attracts the largest number of tourists. May, June and September are somewhat less popular, since the weather at this time can still be cool.

Old Faithful Geyser

Hot Springs

Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn expedition, the geyser owes the name to its frequent and somewhat predictable eruptions. Old Faithful is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone, in the southwestern part of the park. The viewing area is equipped with benches for the convenience of visitors, a large parking lot and a ranger station to watch the eruptions, measure their height and calculate the time until the next one. Intervals can range from 60 to 110 minutes. Old Faithful varies in height from 100 to 180 feet, and the eruption itself usually lasts from 1.5 to 5 minutes.

Grand Prismatic Spring

Hot Springs

One of the stunning attractions offered by Yellowstone is the Grand Prismatic Spring.The Grand Prismatic Spring owes its name to the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, but has been discovered earlier. The first mention of this place dates back to 1839. With a depth of 160 feet, the Prismatic Spring is the largest in the United States and the third largest in the world. Why is the spring painted in such rainbow colors. Water has different temperature rings and each ring populates its own types of thermophilic bacteria, the color of which varies depending on the heating of water. Therefore, spring shades tend to change with the seasons, becoming more intense in the summer months and less intense in the winter.

Artists Paintpots

Hot Springs

Artists Paintspots is a site located 3.7 miles south of the Norris Geyser Basin on the west side of the park. It is a 1.1-mile loop trail that surrounds a hydrothermal area on a hillside, passing through discontinuous mud pits, boiling hot springs and eye-catching milk-blue puddles. You can walk around on the boardwalk. At the top of the loop trail, you can watch the hydrothermal slope of the hill and the pine forest, vapor over the streams of boiling water that flows into neighboring Gibbon River.

The Raven Grill

Italian Restaurants

If you have food left after a lunch picnic, you can find some picturesque site and have dinner. Or, after a long hike through the park, enjoy a cozy cafe, service and comfort. There are not many specialties, but you can order elk or bison steaks. On Sundays, the restaurant closes one hour earlier than usual, at 9:00 pm.