I have to admit, it has been WAY too long since I have seen Yellowstone without snow :o! I still believe winter in Yellowstone is the most magical however, I am just back from springtime in the park and I am still speechless. I forgot how much water there is!! Ponds and rivers and lakes and streams and creeks and waterfalls and that means REFLECTIONS wooooooooo! (anyone who has traveled with me knows I go crazy in search of the perfect reflection, even in a puddle). I swear I didn't remember all of the waterfalls (excuse the non-pro iPhone videos but the sound was amazing and I wanted to share)!
Undine Falls Yellowstone National Park
Gibbon Falls Yellowstone National Park
As usual, my rental car immediately becomes base camp and within minutes of leaving the airport, it's like an equipment bomb went off in the passenger seat (you know, in case I see something I have to photograph on my way to the hotel :D). 24 hours later the equipment is mixed with food wrappers and my coffee thermos and my Yeti mug (although if I'm honest mostly the Yeti mug is back up storage for more coffee and I'm usually sitting in the drivers seat drinking straight from the thermos waiting for the sun to come up) and Gatorade bottles, maps and of course my Garmin inReach Explorer +.
One of the must see places in Hayden Valley is Mud Volcano thermal area which is located at the bottom of Hayden Valley on the way to fishing bridge. There is a nice "easy" hike along the boardwalks that wander in and around the steamy features check out this map. There are loads of details about the area including trail information here. I made sure to capture some iPhone videos hoping you would be able to hear all of the cool sounds! This area is fantastic for photos anytime of year and always a great place to be at the end of the day for photographing a steamy, colorful sunset with a Bison silhouette (yes!).
Dragons Mouth Spring
Check it out: https://www.nationalparked.com/yellowstone/thermal-areas/mud-volcano