In 1872, the US Congress established The Yellowstone National Park and signed into law by the then President Ulysses S. Grant. It was the first National Park in the US and is also widely held to be the first in the entire world. It is located in three US States of Wyoming (91%), Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%).
Of the Yellowstone National Park, 80% is covered by forestland, 15% grassland and 5% water. The Yellowstone National Park has an area of 8,983 km squared comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges.
Wildlife and geothermal features are the most common features that are associated with the park. The Yellowstone National Park has 67 different mammal species, 285 bird species, 16 fish species, 7 aquatic nuisance species, 6 reptile species and 5 amphibian species.
Some of the large predators in the park are black bear, lynx, coyotes, grizzly bear, pumas, wolverines and wolves. The prey species include bighorn sheep, bison, elk, moose, mountain goats, mule deer pronghorn and white tailed deer.
These are some of the most popular features:
Old Faithful Geyser.
It was the first geyser to receive a name in the Park. It is a highly predictable geothermal feature since the year 2000 it has erupted every 44 to 125 minutes. Its eruption height is 106 ft to 185 ft.
It is centrally located in the Yellowstone National Park. It host a number of wildlife such as bisons, elk and grizzly bear. You are also likely to see ducks, Canadian geese and pelicans swimming.
It may not be as big as the Grand Canyon in Arizona but it is breath-taking nonetheless. It is 94m high.
It meanders across the park including sections with crashing waterfalls and the calm areas. It is 1,114 km long.
It is the most popular fall in the Yellowstone National Park. It is 40 m tall. There are 290 waterfalls throughout the Yellowstone National Park that are more than 4.5 m tall.
Yellowstone National Park is an active super volcano and one among the 30 super volcanos in the world. 1000 to 3000 earthquakes occur each year at Yellowstone Park and the surrounding areas.
Yellowstone National Park receives millions of tourists each year both domestic and foreign tourist from around the globe. This is one of nature’s gift that you don’t want to miss exploring.