By: Suzanna Sleeth
Yellowstone National Park – the US’s first national park – is one of the most astonishing locations in the country. With its giant waterfalls, gorgeous views, amazing wildlife, and many campgrounds, it is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s even so cool they created a western crime show based off of the area, cleverly titled Yellowstone.
Yellowstone also has beautiful hot springs, such as the Mammoth Hot Spring and the very colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. The Old Faithful is definitely a must-see, being the first geyser in Yellowstone named in 1870. The Old Faithful has erupted every 44 minutes since 2007 and its steam reaches between 106 -185 ft.
Along with Old Faithful, Yellowstone is home to around 500 geysers, and is also considered a supervolcano. A super volcano is defined as “A volcano that at one point in time erupted more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of deposits” (https://earthsky.org). Geologists have discovered that millions of years ago, Yellowstone was a hotspot of these eruptions that released so much material that the area is referred to as a supervolcano. Although it is possible, scientists do not believe that another major eruption like ones in the past are likely to occur again.
If you get the chance to visit Yellowstone, you have to go on the scenic hikes, try out the rafting or paddling, and of course channel your inner cowboy and ride some horses. Even though you live in Cleveland, you’ll probably leave with a pair of cowboy boots and a cowboy hat that you’ll only wear 3 other times in your life, but it’ll be so worth it!!