Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, under President Ulysses S. Grant, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was the first national park not only in the U.S. but possibly in the entire world. The land area of Yellowstone is a fantastic 3500 square miles, or two million acres, and is home to a ‘slumbering’ supervolcano which is considered dormant. But earthquakes are frequent though most cannot be detected by humans. In 1985, over a three month period, 3,000 minor earthquakes were detected in the northwestern part of the park. This kind of event is called an  earthquake swarm. In addition, half the world’s geysers and hydro-thermal events occur in Yellowstone as a result of volcanic activity. Old Faithful, which shoots a stream of hot water 150 feet into the air, every 60-90 minutes on average, is an example of just one of these events.

Yellowstone National Park Videos: Here is a 3.5-minute National Geographic video featuring a number of famous Yellowstone attractions. Treat yourself to this gorgeous, 8.5-minute Expedia video all about the park.

FunFacts about Yellowstone National Park: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located mostly in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular features. It has many types of ecosystem, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion. (Source)
  • Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years.
  • From the early-to-mid-19th century, mountain men traveled this region.
  • Organized exploration began in the late 1860s.
  • The U.S. Army oversaw the management of Yellowstone for a 30-year period between 1886 and 1916.
  • The National Park Service, was created in 1916 and took over management of Yellowstone in 1917.
  • Archaeologists have explored over a thousand sites in Yellowstone.
  • Yellowstone National Park extends over an area almost 3500 square miles in size.
  • The park is made up of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountains.
  • Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.
  • Most of the land area of Yellowstone is a result of volcanic flow over millions of years.
  • The volcano is considered dormant. But half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features are found in Yellowstone and are fueled by this ongoing volcanism.
  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.
  • In 1978, Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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27 thoughts on “Yellowstone National Park

  1. Always wanted to go there-just so beautiful. Gorgeous scenery and wild life. The falls are magnificent!! Loved all the pictures and videos!! AZ

  2. I loved all the pictures! Yellowstone is a place I always wanted to visit. I remember as a teenager telling my mother that I wanted to visit Yellowstone, she always told me that I’ve been there. When I was a baby my parents and my 2 brothers had gone to Yellowstone. I always told her that I don’t remember it.

  3. Yellowstone is such an amazing place! I visited in high school and have always wanted to go again. I love all the variety in the wildlife. And that sunset picture is stunning!

  4. So gorgeous. I loved all the pictures, but, the bottom one was my favorite. I’d like to wash my clothes in Old Faithful! That’s hilarious.

  5. I have never been but would like to go. I have watched lots of videos and specials on Yellowstone. It is such a beautiful place.

  6. It looks so beautiful there. I have never been but would like to one day. There are two pictures that I loved. One was a baby animal that looked like a cat crossing in the snow and that picture of the water outlined in orange. It reminded me of a sunburst even though the center was aqua.


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