Yet even if there were no hydrothermal activity, no Old Faithful Geyser, the list of superlative natural features in Yellowstone Park is impressive: One of the world’s most spectacular canyons (including two extraordinary waterfalls) cut deep into the gold-weathered volcanic rock of the park; the world’s second largest high altitude lake nestled in the pit of the Yellowstone caldera; magnificent mountain scenery ringing the unique terrain of the Yellowstone volcanic plateaus, and last but not least, one of the most important concentrations of wildlife on the planet.
In 1872 Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, a tribute to its uniqueness. Today, though surrounded by challenges of many kinds, it remains one of the great natural wonders. What kind of a destination is Yellowstone? A very, very special destination.