Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park. It is truly a spectacular place with the majority of the world’s geysers, amazing mountains, meadows, streams and rivers, as well as an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, herds of bison and elks. The Park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone. Yellowstone is home to its own ‘Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” featuring the Yellowstone River and famous Tower Fall. Geysers, hot springs, and mud pots are found throughout the park including Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, Mud Volcano and Old Faithful, among others. Visitor centers include the Albright Visitor Center, mammoth, the West Yellowstone Visitor Center, Canyon Visitor Education Center, Grant Visitor Center, Fishing Bridge Visitor Center and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. Plan on spending 3-4 days to see everything and make your reservations early.
Wildlife includes bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, bear, 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and the gray wolf.
The Park has 12 campgrounds with over 2,000 campsites, 9 visitor centers, several museums and lodges.