Hidden Gems in Yellowstone National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has an abundance of hidden gems to explore. Situated in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, this US national park is home to a variety of geysers, hot springs, and thermal areas that make its rugged landscape truly beautiful.

Point Sublime

You’ll find a fantastic location to bask in views of magnificent cliffs, waterfalls, and the Yellowstone River at Point Sublime. Found along the south rim of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, Point Sublime is a hidden gem with an impressive vista. 

Shoshone Geyser Basin

A true hidden gem, you’ll likely be some of the only visitors when you head to Shoshone Geyser Basin. Located on the west end of Shoshone Lake, this expansive geyser area is home to a variety of regularly-erupting geysers, hot pools, and hot springs of many different colors.  

Terraced Falls

These splendid waterfalls must be accessed by a hidden trail, making them one of the park’s true off the beaten path destinations. Cascading down 130 feet over several terraced levels, these falls are truly a sight to behold. 

Lone Star Geyser

A less-trafficked alternative to Old Faithful, Lone Star Geyser is equally as impressive. Just over 2 miles off the main road, the trek to this geyser is an easy one and you can expect regular minor emissions every 20 minutes, and larger ones every 2.5 to 3 hours. Experience the wonder of Yellowstone’s geysers without the crowds! 

Black Sand Basin

A hotbed of geothermal activity, the Black Sand Basin is home to a grouping of colorful geysers and hot springs that are often widely overlooked. You’ll be amazed by the vibrant colors this extraordinary natural area produces.

Specimen Ridge

Just along the south rim of Lamar Valley you’ll find scenic Specimen Ridge. A picturesque ridge brimming with volcanic debris and ancient gemstones, this is easily one of Yellowstone’s most interesting hidden gems. The 8.5-mile hike to get here is also incomparably breathtaking.