Wyoming Loves Valentine Geyser
Scalding water shooting out of the ground might not be the first thing you think of when you think of romance, but Wyoming has never been conventional. Our state’s one and only namesake for the official holiday of love is Valentine Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
According to the Wyoming State Library, Valentine Geyser is the highest in the Norris Geyser Basin and the tube in it is very unusual, in that it descends more than 60 feet without a turn.
According to the National Park Service, Valentine Geyser erupted for the first recorded time on Feb. 14, 1907, from a spring called Alcove. C.W. Bronson renamed this geyser to commemorate its birth.
This geyser is very irregular, having seasons or years of dormancy. It erupts from a six-feet-high cone, located in a deep, wide alcove. The major activity of an eruption lasts only five to seven minutes jetting water up to 75 feet, but usually eruptions are around 25 feet. A steam phase follows which lasts up to 90 minutes but gradually diminishes in height. It is a quiet eruption, unlike other Norris thermal features.