Our next stop around the loop was the Mud Volcano area. This was a small trail, and this entire area had a sulphur smell.
View from the parking lot towards Dragon’s Mouth Spring.:
Dragon’s Mouth Spring:
This whole area was so interesting! So many different things all in one area! You can see the Yellowstone River here.
While we were on this trail….this spectacular event happened! Walking on the trail around this area, and you could hear a rumbling coming. A bunch of bison came running! There was no time to even react or move out of the way. Kind of scary with nowhere to go. Standing still was the best option at this point.
After leaving the Mud Volcano area, we continued on to the Upper and Lower Falls.
This is just part of Hayden Valley. This is typically an area where you can see a lot of wildlife.
View of the Upper Falls:
This view was just unbelievable! The changes in terrain, they types and amount of trees…it was all just amazing! You could see hoof prints in the sides of this. I was looking the entire time for mountain goats but sadly did not see any.
View of the Lower Falls:
We really wanted to get to Grand Prismatic, but we were starting to get tired. We decided to continue on and just make a couple of stops before returning to our hotel. Here you can see the road closure due to the flood. This was going north at Norris:
We stopped at the Norris Geyser Basin to explore a little bit.
Here you can see the boardwalk that goes throughout the different geysers.
Overall, our day was great! There was so much exploring, and so much more yet to come.
Up next…Old Faithful! We couldn’t resist stopping on the way home to the hotel and dinner.