14 Facts About Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in Wyoming, but also extends into Montana and Idaho.
It was established as the first national park in the United States in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant.
The park covers over 2.2 million acres and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and bison.
Yellowstone is known for its geothermal features, such as the famous Old Faithful geyser, as well as hot springs, mud pots, and steam vents.
The park is situated on top of a massive volcanic caldera, which is still active today. In fact, Yellowstone is home to one of the largest active volcanoes in the world.
The Yellowstone River runs through the park and is home to some of the best trout fishing in the country.
Yellowstone is also home to the largest high-elevation lake in North America, Yellowstone Lake, which covers over 130 square miles.
The park has over 1,100 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy day hikes to challenging multi-day backpacking trips.
Yellowstone is home to the world's largest collection of geysers, including Old Faithful, which erupts approximately every 90 minutes.
The park's wildlife population includes over 300 species of birds, as well as mammals such as black bears, mountain lions, and moose.
Yellowstone was the site of the largest wildfire in the United States in 1988, which burned over 1.2 million acres of the park.
In 2018, Yellowstone was visited by over 4.1 million people, making it one of the most popular national parks in the country.
The park is also home to several historic lodges and buildings, including the Old Faithful Inn, which was built in 1904 and is still in operation today.
Yellowstone has been the setting for several movies and TV shows, including "Yellowstone," a popular drama series that premiered in 2018.