Yellowstone National Park
Traveling Tuesdays is going to visit a place starting with the letter ‘Y’.
Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. It is located on top of a volcanic hot spot in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
I traveled to Yellowstone with a friend in the 1980’s on one of the first road trips we took together. Traveling from Alberta, Canada we drove south through Montana and entered the park at the north entrance.
There are five entrances to Yellowstone National Park:
- North Entrance – thru Gardiner, Montana. …
- Northeast Entrance – thru the Beartooth Mountains.
- East Entrance – thru Cody, Wyoming.
- South Entrance – thru Grand Teton National Park via the John Rockfeller Memorial Highway.
- West Entrance – thru the town of West Yellowstone.
The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. It is home to many animal species, including antelope, bears, bison, elk and wolves. There are about 500 geysers and some 10,000 thermal features.
Old Faithful geyser is perhaps the park’s best known and most visited attraction. And yes, Louise and I stopped to see Old Faithful. Old Faithful is a cone geyser. It is a highly predictable geothermal feature. More than a million eruptions have been recorded and it has erupted every 44 to 125 minutes since 2000.
Another famous geyser is Steamboat Geyser. It is the world’s tallest currently-active geyser and is located north of Old Faithful, in the Norris Geyser Basin. —>
Yellowstone National Park contains the largest known Petrified Fossil Forests. Scientists say around 50 million years ago, this area of the park was flourishing with tall trees when volcanic eruptions buried the forest in ash. This petrified tree can be reached just off the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction. It is not illegal to possess petrified wood but most petrified wood is present in National Parks and removing or even altering anything within a National Park is illegal.
One of the things we did on our trip to Yellowstone was to go on a whitewater rafting adventure. There is no rafting inside the park, but the waterways surrounding the park offer up everything from lazy floats to intense rapids. This was my first time whitewater rafting and I enjoyed it so much that I have signed up for other rafting adventures on many of my other Traveling Tuesdays stories.
Be sure and check in next week as we will be traveling to a country that begins with the letter ‘Z’.