8 of the Best Things to Do During Your First Time Visiting Yellowstone

Are you searching for a new place to explore with your family this year? Well, we compiled a list of our favorite things to do for your first time visiting Yellowstone! From watching the world’s largest geyser shoot into the air to soaking in the scenic views at Artist Point, there are so many incredible things to experience in our beautiful park! 

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Things You Need to See During Your First Time Visiting Yellowstone 

1. Old Faithful 

Old Faithful may seem like a cliché choice, but it’s an icon and a must-see during your first time visiting Yellowstone National Park. There’s nothing quite like seeing a natural geyser shooting water 150 feet in the air. 

2. Artist Point 

Talk about picturesque…this viewpoint overlooking the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone gives you the best view of the Lower Falls. Trust us; you’ll want to bring a camera for this. 

3. Mud Volcano Area 

A handful of bubbling thermal mud pools offer a great spot to stop during your first trip to Yellowstone. The Mud Volcano and Dragon’s Mouth Spring are the two we recommend seeing. 

4. Pelican Creek Nature Trail 

If you want to soak in the beautiful views of Yellowstone during your first visit, be sure to check out Pelican Creek Nature Trail. This easy, family-friendly hike takes you through a beautiful valley near the north end of Yellowstone Lake, boasting fantastic views of the mountains. 

5. Grand Prismatic Spring 

Next to Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Springs is arguably the top thing to see during your first-time visiting Yellowstone. A vibrant showcase of reds and blues bubble in this magnificent thermal pool from the bacteria residing in the area. 

6. Mammoth Hot Springs 

Mammoth Hot Springs, on the north edge of the park, is home to a collection of over a half dozen cascading waterfalls. Over time, these falls shaped the rock into beautiful tiers of white and orange rock. 

7. West Thumb Geyser Basin 

The West Thumb Geyser Basin sits on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and has several unique hot springs and geysers to check out during your visit. 

8. Norris Geyser Basin 

This large network of hot springs is home to Steamboat Geyser, the world’s largest column of shooting water. It’s a beautiful place to stop and see, especially during your first visit to Yellowstone National Park. 

Plan Your Yellowstone Adventurecody lodging company house 

Cody Lodging Co. is your key to the ultimate Yellowstone National Park adventure! Our collection of rentals in a half-dozen locations around Cody features various unique amenities that you won’t find with any other vacation rental company in the East Yellowstone area. Plus, we complimentary Concierge Services to make your stay as stress-free as possible. 

Start planning your vacation to Cody by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Cowboy State!