Yellowstone National Park is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, with small parts of the park also in southern Montana and eastern Idaho. Only 3% of the park is in Montana and 1% in Idaho. The park is huge, spanning 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles east to west. It is the world's first national park, established on March 1, 1872.
Visitors to the park marvel at a supervolcano's hidden power under the earth, rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Hiking, camping, fishing, photography, bicycling, boating, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowcoach tours, and ranger programs are available. The Park is one of the world's most popular natural attractions, with attendance exceeding 4 million visitors a year.
Annual precipitation ranges from 10 inches at the north boundary to 80 inches in the southwest corner. Winters are cold, with a record low of -66 degrees F. We have made multiple trips to Yellowstone over the years, during all seasons, in all weather, and share some of our photos and trip experiences in this review.
March 1, 2022 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park. Signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant, America's first national park was set aside to preserve and protect the scenery, cultural heritage, wildlife, geologic and ecological systems and processes in their natural condition for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
To help commemorate the anniversary, the park will host a wide variety of virtual and in-person activities.
A beautiful bison at full speed in
Yellowstone National Park (Staff Photo)
|Explorer Cabins at West Yellowstone
|An active geyser at Yellowstone National Park|
Yellowstone Lake covers over 131 square miles of area, reaching a maximum depth of 138 feet.
The park has thousands of acres of mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes, and endless species of wildlife to watch.
The park sits atop one of the world's largest calderas at 45 x 30 miles and experiences up to 3,000 earthquakes every year. It features more than 10,000 hydrothermal features and 500 geysers.
Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser erupts about every 74 minutes. But intervals are not constant, and can in fact range from 60-110 minutes.
The next eruption time is posted around the park. Old Faithful can vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average of about 130-140 feet. Eruptions normally last between 1.5 to 5 minutes.
One of the main attractions in the park is its wildlife, including bears, fox, elk, bison, lynx, 285 species of birds and more.
The National Park Service provides numerous visitor centers, geyser viewing areas, trails, lookouts, museums, and contact stations.
|Entrance to Yellowstone National Park
There are five entrances to the park ... we have been through all of them in our trips to Yellowstone over the years:
The Old Faithful Lodge, a must-see attraction for visitors, is located:
The Roosevelt Arch at the Gardiner, Montana north entrance to Yellowstone National Park
View toward the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park
Geysers and steam vents along the river near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park
Thundering herd of bison down a slope to the road at Yellowstone National Park
|Bison grazing on the grasslands
Bison grazing alone after the spring thaw
Geothermal activity panorama at Yellowstone National Park
|Crystal clear hot boiling water in Yellowstone National Park
Brilliant, colorful hot water pool at Yellowstone National Park
Tranquil scene along the Madison River in the western part of Yellowstone National Park
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