Yellowstone National Park

With summer approaching, Simerg recommends Yellowstone and Grand Teton for an exciting and unforgettable family safari

By NURIN MERCHANT

Nurin Merchant with her bunny, Pistachio.

“I encourage everyone to travel and visit the forest, for they are amazing…there will be fewer and fewer in the future. That’s what I say to myself when I take every photograph…In my photographs, I let the animals and trees speak for themselves and hope other people will see the beauty I see.”– Prince Hussain Aga Khan

Wondering where to go for your holidays this summer! To follow up on Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s quote, I have a fantastic destination in mind for families as well as youth. My dad and I have just received a heart-warming photo of the first newborn baby bison spotted in Yellowstone this spring. The photo at top of this post was taken by Jim Futter, a long time supporter of the Park. Yellowstone is the only place in the U.S. where wild bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times, so everyone at Yellowstone as well as friends of the park around the world love seeing new calves carry on that legacy. Yellowstone is the world’s very first national park.

I highly recommend Yellowstone and its beautiful neighbour, Grand Teton National Park, as week long family safari destinations that would also include 2-3 days in beautiful Salt Lake City and Park City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Parents, children and youth will be amazed, thrilled and excited with the complete natural environment they will experience during their trip — marvellous mountains, an amazing and picturesque salt lake, incredible geysers and volcanic activity, lakes, rivers, wildlife — including wolves, grizzly bears, and herds of bisons — green forests as well as burnt out forests from the fire of 1988, breathtaking canyons and much much more! The trip will also be highly educational, as there is so much one learns by being in Yellowstone.

Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island at dusk. Photo was taken from the Buffalo Point lookout and picnic area. Photo: Nurin Merchant. Copyright.
Yellowstone National Park. Photo: Nurin Merchant.
Elks (Yellowstone); moose and grizzly (Grand Teton). Photo: Nurin Merchant.
One of many boardwalks at Yellowstone to experience the Park’s amazing geyser and volcanic activity. Photo: Nurin Merchant.

Yellowstone’s accommodation and restaurants situated next to the Old Faithful Geyser are fantastic, as are resorts just outside Grand Teton. Old Faithful is so named because of its predictable eruptions. You will remember your trip to Yellowstone for your entire lifetime — I say that with confidence, because I have been there and am longing to go back!

I invite you to click on A Phenomenal One-of-a-Kind Experience in Yellowstone, the World’s Very First National Park, Through the Lens of Nurin Merchant to view a collection of my photos that I took at the Park when I visited it. The post has links to detailed pieces about my experiences in Salt Lake City, Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

Have a fantastic summer — I bet you will, should you follow my recommendation to make Grand Teton and Yellowstone your choice destinations.

Date posted: April 20, 2019.
Last updated: April 21, 2019.

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Nurin Merchant with her dad, Malik, at Yellowstone

About the author: Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Nurin completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) high school program at Colonel By Secondary School before proceeding to the University of Guelph, where she has spent eight years, first completing an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and then pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. A lover of animals and nature since her childhood, Nurin is also an artist whose art work has been featured on this website. Her inspiring mixed media work on canvas entitled “The Nature of Prayer” was featured  in The Ismaili Canada magazine during the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam. She also plays numerous musical instruments such as the piano and flute. She speaks English, French and Spanish as well as her mother tongue, Katchi.  

Phenomenal Photos of Yellowstone, The World’s First Ever National Park @Simergphotos

The National Geographic Magazine, the BBC and Simerg have something in common! We are all currently featuring Yellowstone National Park. Simerg presents a random selection of absorbing images taken by Nurin Merchant that illustrate the diverse character of the park, a 3,500 square mile reserve that sits atop a volcanic hot spot!

PLEASE CLICK: A Phenomenal One-of-a-Kind Experience in Yellowstone, the World’s Very First National Park, Through the Lens of Nurin Merchant

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 Date posted: June 2, 2016.

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Two Great Safaris in the USA: Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks

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Heart Spring received its name because of the heart-like shape of the crater. It is 8x13 feet and has a depth of 16 feet.  Heart Spring has had temperature fluctuations from 150-202°F. This wide range of temperature has allowed microbial growth to form varicolored patterns. This spring is typical of many of Yellowstone's thermal springs. Nearly 10,000 thermal features exist in Yellowstone and many are alkaline hot springs similar to Heart Spring in size and appearance. One feature which distinguishes each is the bright, colorful cyanobacteria and algae which grow along the edge of run-off channels. Each spring has its unique pattern. Photo: Nurin Merchant. Copyright.

Yellowstone’s Heart Spring received its name because of the heart-like shape of the crater. It is 8×13 feet and has a depth of 16 feet. Heart Spring has had temperature fluctuations from 150-202°F. This wide range of temperature has allowed microbial growth to form varicolored patterns. This spring is typical of many of Yellowstone’s thermal springs. Nearly 10,000 thermal features exist in Yellowstone National Park and many are alkaline hot springs similar to Heart Spring in size and appearance. One feature which distinguishes each is the bright, colorful cyanobacteria and algae which grow along the edge of run-off channels. Each spring has its unique pattern. Photo: Nurin Merchant. Copyright.

For individuals and families who are planning on a road trip in the USA during the coming summer, Simerg recommends 2 trips that will live in your memories forever. If there is one national park that my daughter and I would absolutely recommend for its diversity and God gifted natural wonders, then it has to be Yellowstone. Canyons, geysers, rivers, wildlife…and much more…all come together in this vast and exciting natural space. It may be noted that Yellowstone’s majestic neighbour, the Grand Teton National Park, is also worth a visit. It is dominated by stirring mountain peaks and exciting wild life.

A magnificent view of the Tetons with the moose in the foreground. Photo: Nurin Merchant. Copyright.

A moose crosses a pond in the Grand Teton National Park where towering peaks dominate the landscape for miles. Photo: Nurin Merchant. Copyright.

Your safari to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton will be fun-filled, as well as educational and exciting. If you take your children with you, young and old alike, they will build an enormous appreciation, respect and love for nature, inspired by the natural phenomenon that they will witness at Yellowstone. Both the national parks offer excellent accommodation and great food!

Further to the east in the Dakotas, another National Park, the Badlands, is worth a visit, with  a suggested two-day trip to the Needle’s Highway, Rushmore Memorial and the Crazy Horse Memorial. You will be fascinated by the Park’s natural wonders and the astonishing memorials built with human ingenuity.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Pwershot A200.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Pwershot A200.

The following links provide comprehensive information and breathtaking pictures of the Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Badlands National Parks, and also include coverage of my visits to cities and towns which were either part of my itinerary or simply appeared on-route.

Date posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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