Every year, more than 3 million visitors from around the world flock to Yellowstone National Park. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest and arguably most famous national park in the United States. This volcanic wonderland was also the setting for Jack Wolfskin’s latest Discovery campaign, which reflects boundless wilderness and the pristine state of the ecosystem.
The Yellowstone nature reserve stretches across a land mass covering parts of the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana – an area as large as Corsica or Puerto Rico. Its crystal-clear lakes, imposing canyons, and endless grasslands captivate visitors. The national park also protects and preserves the local environment and serves as a natural warning system against the consequences of the damage inflicted upon the climate today.
Visitors will discover a pristine world with massive bison herds, wapiti deer, countless bird species, and shy bears. Some 25 years ago, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and have even proven to be a stabilizing force, creating more resilient deer and bison herds through their hunting patterns.
In the northeast of Yellowstone Park, the Lamar River flows through a remote valley of the Absaroka Mountain range. At the beginning of the 20th century, only 25 wild bison remained in the national park. Almost all bison that live today in the USA have descended from this herd. The whole area is a pure treasure trove of flora and fauna. The Lamar Valley is considered the Serengeti of North America because of its wealth of animal species.
Witnessing an eruption of the awe-inspiring Old Faithful, one of the most famous geysers on earth, is an absolute highlight of any visit to Yellowstone. During an eruption, between 14,000 and 32,000 liters of boiling water shoot up to 30 to 55 meters. This natural spectacle occurs at regular intervals – almost precisely every 90 minutes – so it is known as “Old Faithful.”
This part of the national park is home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers, hot springs that intermittently eject water in the form of a fountain. Glaciers from the last ice age have become underground water reservoirs and feed the park’s geysers with volcanic firepower. Visitors can observe individual geysers via a system of connected wooden walkways. It’s a surreal location, always seething, bubbling, and steaming someplace.
Alongside marveling at the geysers and thermal springs, hiking is one of the most popular activities in Yellowstone National Park. There are some 2000 kilometers of marked trails throughout the park for hikers to enjoy. Some of these trails run along imposing gorges, which can genuinely transform your attitude towards life.
The Upper (approx. 33 m) and Lower Falls (approx. 94 m) are two world-famous waterfalls in this gorge. The Lower Falls, in particular (almost twice as high as Niagara Falls), offer a unique panorama of the thundering waterfalls that can be observed from various vantage points. The Artist Point is one of the most popular vantage points in the entire canyon. You can watch an outstanding play of colors covering the whole canyon, especially during sunrises and sunsets. The vastness of this landscape will remain in your memory for a long time.
If you are considering coming to Yellowstone National Park, make sure to plan enough time for your visit, as many tourists make the trip each year. Yellowstone is not a destination you can just fit in on the side, as two to four days are needed just to get there and back. And in the best case, you’ll need at least three full days in the park to truly experience its wonders or at least view the most important highlights.
Organized bus tours can often manage this in a day and a half, but they only take in the essential sites – usually in a hurry. As bears wander throughout the park, visitors should be well-informed before any extensive hiking and consider renting or buying bear repellent spray on site.
Yellowstone National Park closes most of its parts to visitors for six months every winter. The park goes into hibernation while ice and snow hold a firm grip over the land, and people from all over the world dream of visiting the natural wonder that is Yellowstone National Park.