Yellowstone is the oldest and one of the most visited National Parks, with good reason. There are a variety of famous and beautiful natural attractions across the park, including:
Mammoth Hot Springs: Mineral-laden hot water trickles from hot springs, depositing over two tons of travertine daily on stair-stepping terraces. A walk around the colorful geothermal features is never the same experience twice, as they change daily.
Grand Prismatic Spring: This is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone (over 370 feet in diameter). The gorgeous blue color of the pool is surrounded by rings of orange and yellow, created a prism look.
Artist Point, Lower Falls: One of the largest and most inspiring lookouts in the park overlooks the distant Lower Falls and the river as it snakes down the pinkish canyon.
Tower Fall: The 132-foot waterfall is a favorite attraction, with a short trail leading to an overlook.
Old Faithful: Everyone appreciates a punctual spring, and you can set your watch by this one. Thousands of gallons of steaming water thunder into the sky with each eruption.
Yellowstone Lake: This gorgeous lake is the largest high elevation lake in North America, with a shoreline that is 141 miles long. The lake covers 132 square miles. It is the caldera of a large volcano that erupted 640,000 years ago.
West Thumb Geyser Basin: A basin boardwalks surround beautiful boiling springs, including the famous Fishing Cone where visitors used to catch trout from the adjacent lake and drop them into its boiling waters to cook.
All of these attractions are an easy drive from Cooke City and your base camp at The Alpine.
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