Entries by Matt Fagan

Nature’s Paint Can – Mudpots

The variety of hydrothermal (hot water) features in Yellowstone is endless. Actually, Yellowstone contains half of the hydrothermal features in the whole world! They come in many types, but one of the most intriguing is the mudpot. Mudpots are created when hydrogen sulfide gas, microorganisms, and heat combine to create a wet, acidic environment that breaks […]

In the Shadow of Old Faithful

Old Faithful Geyser is so iconic and spectacular we often forget that it is surrounded by other incredible hydrothermal features. In fact, the Upper Geyser Basin, where Old Faithful is located, has the highest concentration of active geysers in the world! Here is just a small sampling of some of the hydrothermal features you can […]

Wildfire: The Circle of Life

This past month the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has entered “Wildfire Season.”All the new growth from our warm, wet springs begins to dry out in the July heat. This creates lots of tinder for naturally occurring wildfire. Lightning storms strike dry areas of timber and undergrowth and a wildfire is born! Although wildfire is destructive, burning down thousands […]

Super Mega Volcano!

The cataclysmic scenarios of the Yellowstone Super Volcano erupting have reached mythic proportions. It will consume the whole world! Humans will go extinct! It will burn up the western hemisphere! Lava will cover San Fransisco AND New York! In reality, the likelihood of an eruption in our lifetime is low, and although the destruction would […]

Mountains & Men Part 1: Mount Moran

Although slightly less famous than it’s taller brother, the Grand Teton, Mount Moran is often cited as people’s favorite mountain of the Teton Range.       The large, solitary mass of granite is recognizable by two features. The mountain is bisected by a vertical, black seam of basalt rock, called a basaltic dike – […]

Protecting Our Wildlife

One of the most thrilling things about visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks is that often the wildlife can be seen right from our tour vehicles. Herds of bison meander across the road as we drive through Hayden Valley. Pronghorn antelope graze in the meadows of Elk Ranch Flats. Moose browse the bushes along […]

Photos of Yellowstone: Then and Now

In 1871, photographer William Henry Jackson travelled with the Hayden Geological Survey to what would soon become Yellowstone. He captured many iconic images of this wild and beautiful place. Recently, photographer Bradley Boner set out to recreate these historic photos and create a photo time capsule. “While Boner encountered obstacles — washed away locations and crumbled […]

The Value of a View

We don’t often remember federal documents for the beauty of their words. However, the Wilderness Act of 1964 stands out with its poetic and lyrical vision of what an expanse of protected land can be: “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not […]

Nature’s Palette

There are rainbows everywhere you look here! Whether it’s a rainbow after a summer shower in Jackson Hole, a magical sunset in Grand Teton National Park, or the beautiful colors in a hot spring pool in Yellowstone, color seems to be a continuous theme on our tours. Which colors do you love to see in […]