Yellowstone, a pristine treasure of nature, is a huge park that is located in three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Spanning an impressive 3,468.4 square miles, America’s favorite park is a major tourist attraction. Every year many nature lovers visit this park. In 2016, 4,257,1777 nature enthusiasts came to the park.
With all it’s natural attractions, it is the ideal park for those who love adventure. The Yellowstone Caldera, which is the largest volcano in North America, is located in the park. Did you know that there are thousands of earthquakes in Yellowstone every year? Since they are small earthquakes, they are undetected by huma
Similar to an animal sanctuary, wild animals roam freely at the park. There are grizzly bears, black bears, wolves and elks among many other species. Yellowstone Park has the distinction of having the oldest and largest bison herd in the United States.
It is an inspiring place to visit since it has so much natural beauty. The world’s largest forest is in the park, and it certainly has a mysterious ambiance that visitors will never forget. The majority of the park is 80 percent forests, and the remainder are grasslands. Among many other gifts of Mother Nature, it has 290 waterfalls that will help visitors relax and throw their worries to the wind.
With so many outdoor activities at the grounds, such as fishing and camping, visitors will certainly have a good time. There are more than a dozen campgrounds at the park, so get ready to make a campfire under a bed of stars.
Since Yellowstone has facets that will delight every type of nature lover, no wonder it is the most popular park in the United States. The history of America’s favorite park is interesting. Even though Ulysses S. Grant founded Yellowstone Park, Ferdinand Vandeveer is responsible for saving it.
Hayden, who was a geologist and nature lover, compiled pertinent information about Yellowstone Park and wrote a report. Not only did Hayden’s study include statistics about the park, it also depicted the natural wonders and beauty of the park. Thomas Moran contributed to the report with his paintings of natural wonders . William Henry Jackson’s photos made the geological survey viable.
Hayden’s report was certainly successful, for it convinced Congress to save the park. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed The Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law making it the first national park in our nation. America’s most popular park still remains well preserved today.
Due to global warming, it is more important than ever to save our parks and even create new ones. Even though our local parks may not be as grand as Yellowstone, they are still crucial to our sustenance and to the health of our planet. We must all do our part to salvage America’s Last Great Places before it is too late.