Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!
Today we welcome Krista as she shares the amazing experience she had at Yellowstone with her family. Along with the stunning landscape, they encountered wonderful wildlife and gorgeous natural features. Enjoy Yellowstone through Krista’s awesome photos and learn a bit more from her informative description at the bottom of the post!
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana)
Some Things to Know:
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana
Habitat: subalpine plateau and aquatic (canyons, lakes, river, hydrothermal)
Favorite plant and animal life: Plant life ranges from semi-arid plants of the river valleys to lodgepole pine forests to the sagebrush and aspens of subalpine meadows. Thermophilic, heat-loving bacteria, give rise to the magnificent colors of many hot pools. Migrating herd animals such as deer, elk, antelope, and bison are commonly seen throughout the park and often one needs to stop for bison in the middle of the roads.
Special features: This park has more active geothermal features than any other place in the world (hot springs, cone geysers, mudpots, steam vents, travertine terraces). It is also one of the largest and most intact subalpine ecosystems and home to many waterfalls and mountain peaks.
Best time of year to visit: Yellowstone can be visited year round although the best time to explore the park is summer and fall due to road closures, trail inaccessibility and unpredictable weather in winter and spring.
Thank you for sharing your amazing experience at Yellowstone with us, Krista!