10 Wonders of Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park holds one of the nation’s richest collections of natural wonders. With its geothermal features, abundant animals and more than 2 million acres of sprawling wilderness, Yellowstone is one of North America’s greatest assets. Here’s our guide to 10 of the park’s most iconic spots.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Heat, water, minerals and limestone combine to create the famous terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, where variously colored travertine (a form of calcium carbonate) has been dissolved from the limestone beneath the ground and carried to the surface by rising springs of hot water. Although some springs and terraces die, the total flow of water at this point inside Yellowstone is surprisingly constant, as new flows spring to the surface. Minerva Terrace is one of the most striking elements here, with its uncanny likeness of an ornately carved staircase.