Updated: Jan 12
Are you the Adventures type who are all into great Nature Experiences like astonishing wilderness with roaming wildlife along trekking trails and off-the-beaten-paths? Then Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA definitely should be in Top of your Bucketlist! This might be why!
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First man came here for about 11 000 years ago when Native Americans inhabited Yellowstone
With it's nearly 3500 square miles - or 8983 square kilometers - of roaming rivers, vast plains, bursting geysers, breathtaking mountains and canyons, hot springs and beautiful wilderness Yellowstone should be in the top of every Nature Lover and Adventurers Bucketlist!
The Yellowstone National Park was established back in 1872 by the US Congress and was signed into the Law by President Ulysses S. Grant (who?) making Yellowstone the first protected National Park in US and quickly held to be "the first national park ever in the universe" (we don't know if that is the correct quote there...?)! However if that is true or not; National Parks around the world are secured for future generations to marvel upon, discover and explore without exploit and that's such a great thing!
The Roosevelt Gate Monument - one of the entrances to Yellowstone National Park
The Park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which without doubt is the largest remaining "nearly-intact" ecosystem in our beloved Earth's northern temperate zone. That alone was enough to make Yellowstone a UNESCO World Heritage Site (full list in link) back in 1978.
Yellowstone are now inhabited by a flourishing Fauna and Flora. The Wildlife especially with a wide range of kings and queens of wild animal domains like bison, wolves, bears, elks and antelope etc but also more then an additional 100 species!
One of the most important animals in the ecosystem of Yellowstone are the Wolves. The wolves had been absent for nearly 70 years when they were reintroduced in 1995 and something extraordinary happened - a Trophic Cascade! The introduction on "How Wolves Change Rivers" above is an interesting eye-opener everyone who doesn't like wolves should watch!
The Wolves of Yellowstone
Bisons in the mist
Black Bear in Yellowstone National Park
Half of the World's Geysers and Hydrothermal features are found in Yellowstone
The landscape of Yellowstone are magnificent and quiet unique thanks to the ongoing Volcanism; almost half of the Worlds active Geysers and Hydrothermal wells are found in the Yellowstone area. Yellowstone is actually located on top of a ticking bomb; the Caldera Volcano that are centered under Yellowstone Lake and the Mother to fuel all Hydrothermal acticity on the surface!
If you don't remember (hopefully not) the beyond description badly acted, directed and produced movie "2012" when the Caldera erupts - you can get a quick reminder if following the link. The Caldera is the largest supervolcano - and still considered active - of the American continent and has erupted several times with extreme force in the last two million years.
Yellow stone of Yellowstone
The Caldera Volcanism have left it's mark also in the unique landscape with lava flows and shaped rocks through most of the land area in Yellowstone. And the Caldera is sleeping (and snoring we guess...) right now until the next eruption. This of course only add even more dramatic nature and the characteristic touch of geysers to the Park's unique scenery with rolling mountains, deep canyons with cascading falls, running rivers and big lakes, wells, bassins and springs.
The most famous of the Yellowstone Geysers are; Old Faithful, Upper Gayser Basin, Beehive Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin and Castle Geyser.
Volcanic Landscapes of Yellowstone
Terrace Pools and Hot Wells
Old Faithful Geyser; one of the biggest and most visited of geysers in the Park
All around Yellowstone water are highly represented and if you're into Falls Yellowstone will deliver! The most popular falls to visit when trekking are the Lower Yellowstone River Falls, Mystic Falls, Artist Point, South Rim, Moose Falls and Fire Hole River for instance. And there's a lot of Lakes and Rivers in the Park. Yellowstone Lake is the largest of the lakes but there's also Lewis Lake, Trout Lake, Shoshone Lake and Heart Lake. As the only undammed river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone River flows 692 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota!
If you then add all the hot wells, springs and bassins that are spread all over the park area you will have your fill of water for a lifetime!
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with for example Upper and Lower Loop are popular areas with both guided tours and a lot of trails to trek on your own. The nature and dramatic landscape is breathtaking and will give you endless scenery for nature photography.
Rainbows at Artist Point
Traces of Volcanic activity is everywhere
Pools and Bassins in Yellowstone
Morning Glory Pool is one of the more clear and colorful ones
So that is Food and Travel Guides' article on Yellowstone! Hopefully we have inspired you for a visit! Did you put Yellowstone on a higher position on your Bucketlist? Would you like to share your Experiences of Yellowstone if you've already visited? Feel free to comment below.
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Our Inspiration on this Yellowstone article came from the dedicated work and individual brilliance of the following sites and organisations:
Yellowstone National Park Service - This site from the official entrusted care takers of all US National Park since 1916 know their game! With over 275 million visitors nationwide they have all travel tips on what is important to know when visiting Yellowstone National Park!
My Yellowstone Park - National Park Trips Media is experts on travels in the National Parks of the USA and obviously Yellowstone National Park is one of their favorite one to explore! Get useful tips on how to discover the beauty of Yellowstone, get Trail Advice and Travel Guides online!
Yellowstone Forever - is the park’s official education and fundraising nonprofit partner with a mission to ensuring that Yellowstone is preserved for coming generations to marvel upon!
Wikipedia - Always there for facts and information! Thanks!
Pixabay -Pixabay is a fantastic, dynamic community for creators who share over 1,5 million+ free photos and movies. All content is released under Creative Commons CCO, which makes it perfectly safe to use high quality photos and videos without questioning or attributing the creator - even for commercial purposes. Now how great is that? All photos in this Yellowstone Article are taken from Pixabay.
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