Y is for Yellowstone National Park
Waterfalls, Grizzly bears, wolves, forests, and Old Faithful are the first thing people think of when they hear the name Yellowstone National Park. Still considered to be a country’s first ever national park, Yellowstone spans three states: Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It is actually a federal law dating back to 1872 and President Ulysses S. Grant. Yellowstone has multitudes of visitors and boasts one of the world’s largest camping destinations, with more than 20,000 spots. Travelers come to see the park’s magnificent near pristine beauty. Also, nature enthusiasts are drawn here for a glimpse back in time to see wild buffalo and the other free roaming wildlife. This is true of photographers as well. There is a wealth of photo opts throughout the park, from the buildings to the scenery.
Yellowstone National Park’s Geysers
One of the things that have put Yellowstone on the map is the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Tourists from as far away as China, India, Japan, Europe and Africa travel there each year just for the sole purpose of witnessing the Old Faithful erupt. It goes off almost every ninety minutes. The cone of water can reach heights of nearly 200 feet in the air and spray out over 8,000 gallons of water. However, you would not want to be standing over it, because the water is at boiling temperatures. Some of the spectacular eruptions have been recorded as lasting up to five minutes. However, Old Faithful is not the only geyser in Yellowstone. There are actually 300 geysers throughout the park, but none are as reliable as Old Faithful in their eruptions or as grand.
Yellowstone National Park’s Wildlife
The wilds of Yellowstone National Park are a thing of beauty. There have been many books and movies about the park and even several documentaries covering the plight of Yellowstone’s animals and natural geography. At one time bison and wolves were wiped out of the park causing the ecosystem to become out of balance. This threatened the future of the park so slowly both species were reintroduced back into Yellowstone. Today, the park is flourishing and back on track now that its two missing residents are thriving once again. This is one of the few places left on Earth where you can see nature in its natural habitat. There is an amazingly beautiful balance between flora and fauna in the park and the Park Rangers strive to keep it that way by history and nature lectures as well as keep an eye out for poachers.