Monday, November 30, 2009

Hayden Valley

In the middle of Yellowstone National Park sits Hayden Valley, located along the Yellowstone River between Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone Falls. Hayden Valley is a great place to view wildlife including bison herds, coyote, river otter, grizzly bear and more.

Hayden Valley was once under water, part of a much larger Yellowstone Lake. As the lake receded, over the years, it left behind this large valley filled with rolling green hills. The valley is also home to several small geothermal features including Mud Geyser, Mud Volcano, Black Dragon Caldron, Sulphur Caldron and Sulphur Spring.
Hayden Valley was discovered back in 1870 by the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition, although Native Americans and fur traders had visited the valley prior to that. The expedition looked down on the valley as they reached the summit of Mount Washburn to the north. The valley was later named, back in 1880, in honor of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden who surveyed much of what is Yellowstone back in 1871. His surveys later helped in the forming of the worlds first National Park.

9 comments:

Chris W said...

One of my fav places in the park. The old beehive geyser there is pretty awesome. I love the drive along the river. :D

Martha Z said...

A great place for wildlife viewing. I enjoyed this post.

Stine in Ontario said...

I'd love to visit this park in person. Hayden Valley, eh. I must remember that.

Carver said...

Informative post and great shots. I love the snow capped mountains.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post and gorgeous photos as always! Love the shot of the buffalo! What a great place to visit!

Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Riet said...

What beautiful photo's of a beautiful country.

Ed Kohler said...

Wow, that looks like a peaceful valley. I've been to the park but haven't spent any time in that area. Adding to my to-do list. Thanks.

eileeninmd said...

Hayden Valley is one of the wonderful spots in Yellowstone. Great photos.

JOE TODD said...

Great post. Looks like it might be getting a little chilly