the most magical winter location I have ever had the pleasure to visit.
Yellowstone is a National Park which changes dramatically in different
seasons and in my opinion, there is nothing to beat it in winter.
Yellowstone was established
in 1872 as the world’s first national park. The park extends
into three states, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The majority of the
park's 3,472 sq. miles are within Wyoming. The centre part of the
park is essentially a broad elevated volcanic plateau that lies
between 6,500 and 8,500 feet above sea level. On the southeast and
northwest are mountain ranges with peaks and ridges rising between
2,000 and 4,000 feet above the enclosed plateau. The volcanic plateau
is the source of Yellowstone’s most outstanding natural phenomena,
the thousands of displays, which encompass the world’s largest
thermal basin. These range from geysers that spurt water hundreds
of feet into the air to mud baths that bubble and spit. The resulting
water run off from these areas causes steaming springs that tint
the surface of the land. Algae and bacteria colour the formations
in areas of thermal activity, while steam vents emit uncanny sounds.
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most successful wildlife
sanctuaries in the world.