Yellowstone National Park spans an impressive 3,468.4 square miles and three states: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The area is rich with diversity and includes a variety of ecosystems from grasslands and sagebrush scrub to alpine forests and meadows. Residing within the park are mountain ranges, lakes, streams, canyons, and rivers.
Yellowstone is home to more than 200 animal species. Across the more than 2 million acres of land, you can find bison, elk, wolves, grizzly bears, otters, and bald eagles—just to name a few. The park also boasts an abundance of unique flora, including roughly 1,350 species of flowering plants.
But what Yellowstone is best known for is its impressive number of geothermal features. And while the most famous may be Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring is equally (if not more) stunning.
The Grand Prismatic String is truly grand. Spanning a distance larger than a football field and plunging 121 feet into the ground, the spring features a beautiful array of colors that make it absolutely breathtaking to see.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about this incredible hot spring–including what creates the beautiful rainbow effect! Enjoy!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.