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The Ordinary Beauty of Yellowstone National Park

By Everywhereonce @BWandering

Yellowstone National Park Horseback Ride Landscape

Yellowstone is anything but ordinary. Diverse may be a better one-word description of this iconic park. Huge is another good contender.

At 3,472 square miles, Yellowstone is more than two times larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Even the massive volcanic caldera that gives rise to its signature hot springs and geysers still only represents about 40% of the park. The rest is covered by seemingly endless miles of natural beauty that is more typical of what we’ve come to expect from our national parks.

The Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River is just one of 290 waterfalls in the park measuring fifteen feet or higher.

Yellowstone National Park Upper Falls Waterfall Landscape Canyon

While the Lower Falls, the tallest in Yellowstone, rises almost twice as high as Niagara.

Yellowstone National Park Lower Falls Rainbow Waterfall

Lewis Lake, seen here at sunrise, is just one of more than 240 lakes and ponds in the park.

Lewis Lake Sunrise Yellowstone National Park Cloud Reflection

67 species of mammal call Yellowstone home, including this bison whose humped back prevented him from successfully rolling over for a scratch.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Rolling on Back

And looked none too pleased after the failed attempt.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Buffalo Wildlife

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