Yellowstone National Park Feature

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Top Reasons to Go to Yellowstone National Park

Hot spots: Thinner-than-normal crust depth and a huge magma chamber beneath the park explain Yellowstone's abundant geysers, steaming pools, hissing fumaroles, and bubbling mud pots.

Bison: They're just one of many species that roam freely here. Seemingly docile, the bison make your heart race if you catch them stampeding across Lamar Valley.

Hiking: Yellowstone has more than 1,000 miles of trails, along which you can summit a 10,000-foot peak, follow a trout-filled creek, or descend into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Lake: Here you can fish, boat, kayak, stargaze, and bird-watch on black obsidian beaches—just don't stray too far into the frigid water.

Canyon: The Colorado River runs through the park, creating a deep yellow-color canyon with two impressive waterfalls.

Updated: 2014-03-12

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