Yellowstone National Park – Mud Volcano

The area was strewn with pungent rotten egg smell.

“It’s good for your health” – my friend remarked as we were getting out of the car.

Oh good. Inhale…exhale.

In 1870, Mud Volcano was named by the Washburn Expedition team for the cone-shaped mud deposit covering the area. By June 1872, a thermal explosion had blewn the mud out of the way to reveal what we see today.

Technically, Yellowstone’s mud volcano is not a real mud volcano. It is an area littered with Geysers

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Mud Geyser

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Mud Cauldron
Hot springs

Mud pots

and Fumaroles.

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Grizzly Fumarole
And that foul odor we smelt is the hydrogen sulfide gas released into the air.

Despite the seething temperature and the high level of acidity on the ground, Bison and Grizzly Bears are known to frequent the area.

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On June 28th, a Utah couple was injured by a bison who happened to be grazing next to a boardwalk in the area. The thousand pound animal butted the woman, who was apparently “in his way”, trudged across the boardwalk and continued his grazing on the other side – “It’s just a big solid, round skull that hit me and really a lot of force.”

National Park Service advises visitors to stay 25 yards (23 m) away from wild animals like bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves.

After the Mud Volcano, we made a quick stop at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – caught a glimpse of the Yellowstone Falls

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and the brilliant colors of the Canyon walls

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in the late afternoon sun.

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This concludes out second day visit in the Yellowstone National Park. Click the link below to read previous posts of the day:

Yellowstone National Park – Fountain Paint Pots
Yellowstone National Park – Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone National Park – West Thumb Geyser Basin

Note:

To cover all the sights in the lower half of Yellowstone National Park, we stationed ourselves in West Yellowstone for three nights. Although there were only a handful of restaurants to choose from, the quality and variety of food was surprisingly better than what I had expected.

First night, we had dinner at Cafe Madriz, a Spanish Tapas restaurant, owned and cooked by a true Spaniard.

The cured meat and cheese sampler was on point, the salad was delicious, so was the freshly cooked paella, albeit a little on the salty side.

Second night, we had beer and pizza at Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon. The pizza was meaty and cheesy.

And the restrooms are not without characters. 

The last night we ate at the touristy Three Bear Restaurant. I can’t speak for anything else on the menu, but this rainbow trout is the best I’ve ever had.

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18 thoughts on “Yellowstone National Park – Mud Volcano

  1. This looks like an amaaaazing trip! 😀

    Does anywhere in the area harness some of that geothermal power like they do in Iceland? It’s be nice if local people could have free electricity as well as such pretty views!

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