I want your visit to Yellowstone’s front country thermal areas to be more than a blur of color and steaming holes in the ground. And, if you do happen to see something rare, you should know it.
Your visit to Yellowstone may be once in a lifetime. You owe it to yourself to know more about what you see. The goal of this site is to simply help with that. And to share the amazing rarity of geysers. I mean, how amazing is it that on this Earth, that water fountains happen naturally? Water shooting up in the air – naturally! Inches to hundreds of feet!
The idea of Geyser Watch started many years ago, actually when I was a child walking by thermal features. I wanted to know more and wondered if the ones without signs even had names. We visited the park usually a couple times a year since family lived in Cody. My grandmother shared what she knew. I specifically recall her telling me about Silex Spring in the Lower Geyser Basin; she wasn’t sure how this one got its name, but she explained that the name usually had something to do with how the thermal feature looked or acted. She said there was a Silex coffee pot, maybe that was it, and pointed to the bubbles rising and asked if I thought that might make sense. While probably not the reason for the name, it gave me the logic of the names, and how they can tell a bit of the thermal feature’s story. And even if the name doesn’t match a thermal feature’s current appearance or behavior, that’s ok, it just means there’s probably a story there.
That desire to learn about the thermal features in Yellowstone never left and in 2004, I started to learn about them intentionally. Like birding, you learn them one at a time – and then by group. Being a teacher by training, and having my favorite odd jobs I’ve done over the years be ones working with people on vacation, the idea of creating something to help the general visitors on the boardwalks to know more started to form. Do I know every area intimately? Not yet. But you can learn along with me. And with how Yellowstone’s thermal features shift and change regularly, there’s a lifetime of learning to be done here.
This site will continue to grow and develop to become as useful to the average visitor to Yellowstone as possible. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me.
ABOUT THIS SITE
GOAL: Millions of people visit the thermal features in the front country of Yellowstone each year. Few know them well. This site aims to help more people become familiar with these amazing wonders by acting as an online Field Journal.
WHO CREATED THIS: This site is a part of SnowMoon, LLC – owned by Janet White. I welcome any and all feedback. This site is not affiliated with the National Park Service.
FRONT COUNTRY FOCUS: There’s so much we don’t yet know about geysers, hot springs and other thermal features you see while on the boardwalks and front country trails and roads. Records are scarce except for the past few decades. Focusing on the most visited features just makes good sense.
HOW TO HELP
Your observations are valuable to piece together the puzzle the geysers and hot springs present. A notebook, a pen or pencil and a watch are about all you need to help. Tell us what you see. You can enter your observations at GeyserTimes.org or Geysers.net/mobile (Geyser Notebook is free for the Android). Or simply contact me.
The photos, videos, artwork and writing on this site are copyrighted to their respective creators. Most of the images (unless otherwise stated) are the property of Janet White. If you are interested in licensing or using any material from this site, you must first get permission from the copyright holder. Copyright infringement is taken very seriously here at GeyserWatch. For permission to use or license material from this site belonging to Janet White, simply email her.