Imagine a Dragon in Yellowstone

If you’re visiting Yellowstone National Park with kids and wondering what to see, don’t miss the Mud Volcano. Hands down, it’s the coolest, most imaginative space put together by the Yellowstone National Park Services team. Names like Black Dragons Caldron and Grizzly Fumarole lead to an educational and imaginative experience.

Here tribute is paid to the mystical nature of Yellowstone National Park. The signs at Black Dragon’s Caldron don’t just read, Mudpot or Mud Vulcano. No here, instead they say:

“This mudpot roared into existence in 1948, blowing trees out by the roots and forever changing this once quiet forested hillside. A park interpreter named the new feature for it’s resemblance to a darkly colored “demon of the backwoods.” For several decades, it erupted in explosive 10-20 foot bursts of black mud. Over the years, it has moved 200  feet to the southeast and become relatively quiet. However as change is constant in Yellowstone, the black dragon may one day roar back to life. “

I mean come on! Don’t you want to see what that’s all about?

At Dragons Mouth Spring you get

“An unknown park visitor named this feature around 1912, perhaps due to the water that frequently surged from the cave like the lashing of a dragon’s tongue.”

It’s just absolutely cool, fun, playful and inspiring. We visited late in the day, the sky had already dim. That didn’t stop a little boy in front of us from running around, swinging an imaginary sword and having a ball.

The imagination and creativity of the National Park Services team makes Mud Volcano one of the best things to see in Yellowstone. Will our video win us awards… not even close! Still, it gives a glimpse of the sights and sounds and perhaps the possibility, to let imaginations go wild.

Best Yellowstone Stops in Two Days: Upper Geyser Basin, Bison Spotting, Mammoth Hot Springs, Artist Paintpots, Porcelain Basin

 

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