This is Calcite Springs, in the Tower-Roosevelt area of Yellowstone National Park. Look at the top of the cliff; the steep, columnar basalt formations are remnants of an ancient lava flow, providing a window into the past volcanic forces that shaped much of the Yellowstone landscape. The Yellowstone River exposed the columns, which were formed in the same way that Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming and Devil's Post Pile in eastern California were. This stunning area inspired the artist Moran; his paintings of this scene were among those presented to Congress in 1872, leading to the establishment of the National Park.
Safety is important at any national park. For the safety of visitors and the animals.
Students: what sorts of rules can you find that exist in Yellowstone? What is the Yellowstone Pledge?
Boardwalks lead you to amazing places and keep you safe from dangerous hot springs. Stay on the boardwalks when exploring thermal areas!
Thanks to @jack__quincy for taking the #YellowstonePledge and encouraging others to do the same!
It’s another beautiful day in @yellowstonenps! Most roads close November 5. Get out and enjoy it while you can.
Thanks to @paddles_and_pedals for taking the #YellowstonePledge and encouraging others to do the same! Follow the link in our bio to learn more about the Pledge and how to protect yourself and the park. You might end up seeing your photo on our feed! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet deep.
Cascading from the 590,000 year old Canyon Rhyolite lava flow, Lower Yellowstone Falls is the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains, and the falls are 308 feet high; nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls.