My Yellowstone Park Public Domain Photos

Prismatic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.Colorful hot spring in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Park is a MUUUUUUST see!  Can't be there?  See there!  Witness the phenomenal beauty of this vast volcanic venue through my lens.

 I've placed my pics in the public domain.  So you can do more than look, if you choose.  They're a poor substitute for being there.  I apologize if they stoke your desire to visit this place of fire ( '_' ).

Seriously, if you ever get the chance to go to Yellowstone National Park do it!   But plan well.  It's extremely popular and vast.

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Gateway to Over 2 Million Acres of Beauty!

Roosevelt Arch National Park entrance.

This gate is the north entrance to the park.  It's called the (Theodore) Roosevelt Arch.   Pass through it (or one of the other gates) and see many natural wonders you won't soon forget.

Remember the best bits of the park are brought to you by a supervolcano!   Relax, enjoy your visit, it's not expected to erupt for another 100,000  years or so (or maybe never USGS).


Geysers are hot springs that spew out heated water.  Some shoot it high like Old Faithful, the one Yellowstone attraction everyone knows about!

Old Faithful geyser Yellowstone.

Others are less showy but still amazing to behold.  

Geyser field.

Below is Aurum (Latin for gold) Geyser.  I think it's obvious why it was given this name.

Aurum geyser.

Here's a series of stills showing a geyser blowing off some steam.

Geyser erupting in Yellowstone, first photo in a series showing an eruption.
Second photo of continuing geyser eruption.
Third photo of continuing geyser eruption.
fourth picture of continuing geyser eruption.
Fifth picture of continuing geyser eruption.

Hot Springs

Abyss Pool hot spring Yellowstone Park.

Hot springs are pools of ground water heated up by the Yellowstone supervolcano.   Pretty to look at but not for dipping.

So heed the warnings.

Keep out sign fragile thermal area.

Or you may end up like these trees. :(

Dead trees in a thermal area of Yellowstone.

Dead trees in a thermal area.

Beautiful hot spring visible from the road.

Another inviting but deadly spring.

Hot spring in Yellowstone lake.

Hot spring in Yellowstone lake.

Colorful runoff from a hot spring.

Colorful runoff from a hot spring.

Photo of the Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone Park.

Is it just me or does that dark brown bit look like brownies????  Don't sample it!  The Grand Prismatic Spring is a visual feast you must see.

Elk Aplenty

An elk closeup.
Elk posing in Yellowstone forest.
Young elk grazing near mammoth hot spring.
Elk relaxing on lawn in Mammoth Hot Springs.

In the woods, by the geothermal areas or relaxing in the middle of Mammoth Hot Springs Historic district, elk seem to be everywhere.

Fairy Falls Trail

Ok, so you've ridden around (for hours or days) admiring all of Yellowstone's natural beauty. Now it's time to leave the car behind! 

Take a stroll down the lovely Fairy Falls trail.  It's probably easy enough for most people.  Remember the round trip is just over 3 miles.  Water, hat and walking shoes recommended.

I walked it in flip flops out of necessity,  but I don't recommend it.

Trailhead Fairy Falls.
A short section of the Fairy Falls Trail.

Fire victims.

Burned trees along the Fairy Falls Trail.

Dramatic  falls you can walk very close to.

Fairy Falls Yellowstone.
Lower half of Fairy Falls.

If you want a bit more of a physical challenge, look below.  Check out my info about the Beaver Ponds Trail!

Buffalo Yellowstone Park Draw

When you visit the park you can join the morning commute to the feeding grounds.  It's fun being part of the herd!

Follow them to their feeding grounds and watch them interact.

Eye to eye with a passing buffalo.
Passed by a herd of buffalo going to its  grazing grounds.
Buffalo morning commute Yellowstone.
Herd of buffalo walking the road in Yellowstone park.
Yellowstone buffalo herd in a meadow.
Adults and baby buffalo.

A Few Wildflowers Found in Yellowstone Park

Here are a few of Yellowstone's wildflowers enjoyed on the Beaver Ponds Trail.  You will want to experience this trail!      

Wild rose bud.

Pink wild rose bud found on the Beaver Ponds Trail Yellowstone Park.

Small butterfly on wild arnica (I think).

Small blue butterfly om wild arnica.

Carpet phlox, the little white blossoms, among the many wild plants along the beaver ponds trail.

Carpet phlox wildflower


Columbine wildflowers blossoming.

Cranes bill, I think.  A wild geranium for sure.

Cranesbill wildflower relative of the geranium.


Goatsbeard wild blossom in the park.


Bitterroot flower.

Butter and eggs wildflower in Yellowstone.

Butter and eggs wildflower.

Bears Barely

Plenty of them wonder around the park.  It's thrilling to view one...from a distance!

This grizzly prefers to be alone.  It headed for the hills shortly after the crowd discovered it.

Grizzly bear walking away from tourists.
Grizzly heading for the hills Yellowstone park.

Yes, that little black blob (center right) is a bear.  It kept a safe distance from the tourists!

Black bear avoiding excited tourists.

Beautiful Beaver Ponds Trail

Yes, I have saved the best for last.  The Beaver Ponds Trail is awesome!  Prepare properly before tackling it.

The trailhead is in the Mammoth Springs area.  That end of the trail is the best place to start.  Get the tougher bits over while you're fresh.

Mammoth Hot Springs near the ponds trailhead.

You might stumble upon wildlife like this.  But be sure to take bear precautions! 

Young elk resting beside the Beaver Ponds Trail.

Good footwear is a must!  My boots fit poorly and caused bloody heels,  Ouch!  Learn from my mistake.

Creek crossing along the trail.

Can you find the dragonfly in this pic?

Beautiful copper colored dragonfly along the trail.

Lovely woods eventually open up to a meadow with beaver ponds.

The other beaver pond along the trail.
Beaver pond located above Mammoth Falls tourist center.

Beaver lodge (pile of branches) on the far shore.

Beaver lodge on the pond's far shore.

Beaver dam.

Beaver dam.

Sweeping vistas will amaze you on the return leg of the beaver ponds trail.

Looking north towards Montana from the trail.
Valley vista Yellowstone.

Mammoth Hot Springs park facilities in the valley below.

A view of Mammoth Hot Springs in the distance from above.

Great view of the mammoth hot springs at the end of the trail.  Plus you can grab a meal after your long hike!

Mammoth Hot Springs view from the Beaver Ponds Trail Yellowstone.

Couple More Pics Before You Go

If you have time swing by the petrified forest in Yellowstone Park.  Take a look at this fine example of a still standing petrified tree!

Standing petrified tree.
Closeup view of a standing petrified tree.

This is part of the interior of the Old Faithful Inn.  It was built using local trees.

Intricate woodwork in the Old Faithful Inn.
Ceiling walkways in the Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone.

The Inn is an interesting place.  Plan early enough and you may snag a room there.  You might want to eat in the dining room.  The food's pretty tasty.  Reservations needed.

I really hope you can take a trip to Yellowstone Park.  Parts of it are other worldly.  All of it is beautiful!

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