The world's first - and America's largest - National Park must be seen to be believed! Within its 2.2 million acres lie the greatest collection of geysers on this earth, the largest alpine lake in our nation, the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, thundering waterfalls higher than Niagara, petrified forests, trout-laden streams, and an endless array of native wildlife ranging from ground squirrels to grizzly bears. Yellowstone has more natural beauty than you can absorb in a lifetime.
The largest concentration of geysers in the world is in the Upper Geyser Basin including World Famous Old Faithful . Several of the more prominent geysers and hot springs are located here. You could easily spend an entire day exploring this unique complex of geothermal features. Old Faithful web cam - watch it live!
Yellowstone Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States that is above 7,000 feet and is one of the largest such lakes in the world. Yellowstone Lake covers 136 square miles and is 20 miles long by 14 miles wide. It has 110 miles of shoreline. The lake is at least 320 feet deep in the West Thumb area and has an average depth of 140 feet. Situated at an elevation of 7,733 feet, the lake remains cold year-round, with an average temperature of 41 F.
It is an easy walking distance to the Diamond P Ranch from Yellowstone Park KOA. They offer trailrides for all levels of experience with some of the best guides in the industry. You can experience 1/2 day and full day trips along the Continental Divide in the beautiful Gallatin National Forest.
The race will start and end at the Old Airport on the west edge of West Yellowstone. There is a ton of parking there and it is easy walking distance from many hotels on the south side of town. The majority of the race takes place on a dirt road and trail in Gallatin National Forest immediately southwest of West Yellowstone, MT. The course starts flat but has a major and a minor hill that you need to train for. You can see a map and elevation profile below. The best part of the course is that you will be less than a mile from the west park entrance. That is 32 miles from Old Faithful and 24 miles from the Grand Prismatic Spring.