Robin's Adventures

In the Woods
Our Adventures in Montana and Wyoming

Glorious Geysers

There are 1,283 geysers in Yellowstone which are spread out over nine different geyser basins. About 465 of Yellowstone's geysers are active in a given year.

The geysers erupt because the water underground is under extreme pressure and the trapped bubbles and steam build up until the water above them is forcefully ejected through the opening at the surface.

Shown here are a few of our favorite geysers, including Clepsydra Geyser, Great Fountain Geyser, Grotto Geyser, White Dome Geyser, Young Hopeful Geyser, and Old Faithful Geyser.

Gushing Geysers in Action

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn, built in 1903-1904, is the largest log hotel in the world. When the Inn first opened, it was proud to offer such amenities as electric lights and steam heat. Four different US presidents have visited the inn, Harding, Coolidge, and both Roosevelts.

Bacterial Mats

Bacterial mats are large colonies of heat loving bacteria. The color of the mat depends on the type of bacteria and the conditions that exist in the various pools and hot springs where they live. Different bacteria are adapted to live in different temperatures and pH or acidity levels of the water. The bacteria are generally orange, brown, green, yellow, or white.

Bacterial Mats in Action

Watch the beautiful flowing bacterial mats in the hot springs.

Artist's Paint Pots

Mud pots are similar to hot springs, but they have a limited water supply. Microorganisms living in this environment use the hydrogen sulfide in this water as a source of energy and they release sulfuric acid as a by-product. The sulfuric acid works to break down the rock into a clay-like muddy soil. The bubbling mud in these paint pots is a curiously intriguing sight.

The pictures shown are from the Artist's Paint Pot area of Yellowstone.

Mudpots in Motion

Check out the video of bubbling mudpots.

Colorful Wildflowers

Colorful wildflowers were abundant throughout Yellowstone along the various trails and across the open fields.

Tons of Trees

The forest areas of Yellowstone were filled with a variety of beautiful coniferous trees. The views were inspiring.

Fishing Bridge

Fishing Bridge, which was originally built in 1902, used to be a popular place to fish in Yellowstone River as its waters leave Yellowstone Lake. Due to the decline in the population of cutthroat trout, however, fishing has been banned from this area since 1973.

Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America. The lake is formed in a very large caldera, or collapsed volcanic crater, that is about 20 miles long and 14 miles wide.