Yellowstone National Park Journals

Circling the Colorado Plateau

An August 2003 trip to Yellowstone National Park by Malahini

Old Faithful Inn - Yellowstone Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: Over six weeks we toured 10 national parks or monuments, five state parks, two ski resorts, Sedona, and too many scenic roads and trails to list.

Circling the Colorado Plateau

Overview

Old Faithful Inn - Yellowstone Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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o Exploring Yellowstone National Park end-to-end over a two week period. o Two days wandering through Zion and Cedar Breaks National Parks o A week in Park City Utah - high mountain splendor o A day driving through Grand Teton NP -- even in the rain! o 16 days in Sedona AZ dazzled by the red rocks, petroglyphs and ancient ruins of the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians o A day in the Pertified Forest NP Quick Tips: Our trip ranged from the high country in the north to the lower desert in the south, so we started in mid August while the plains temperatures were over 100 degrees -- but very comfortable in the Montana and Utah mountains. By the time we got to the Ari...Read More

Lower Falls

Attraction | "Yellowstone - Colors of the Canyon"

Lower Falls Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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For spectacle and beauty, it's hard to equal this chasm of color and falling water. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone allows restful viewing from the road along the rim, or challenging hiking to viewpoints far down the canyon wall. And the colors! Especially from the bottom of Uncle Tom's Trail watching rainbows in the spray from the lower falls. A ranger shared the geology of its formation: Filled with lava after the big eruption 600,000 years ago, the hard basalt was cooked in a boiling acid bath for eons -- the result of a huge magma pool under the area. The lava was bleached and softened while it was covered by glaciers. When the glaciers melted, the resulting floods washed a channel in the soft...Read More

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Lower Falls

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Agate Logs Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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The Colorado Plateau, so named by John Wesley Powell, is a huge basin larger than 46 of the States. It's among the most ancient land forms on earth - at least 500 million years old. Though lifted a mile upward by tectonic forces, it survived little changed by the forces which created the Rocky Mountains. It's a region of ancient sea beds and drifting desert sands, now hardened into stone and carved by water into fantastic shapes and colors. Not quite in the plateau lies Yellowtone NP and Grand Teton NP. "Oh! Wilderness", the poet cried, "were Paradise enow!" But words are pallid indeed beside the wonder of these places, their colors, the ages over which they formed by forces in the earth that be...Read More