Our first day in Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

 We rented a Chevy Trailblazer and drove from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, about an hour and a half drive. It was absolutely beautiful drive. Had a liitle rain and that was about it. We are staying in the Gray Wolf Inn. We have a nice room with a complete kitchen, livingroom, bath, and bedroom. Very nice, but we are only staying one night here.

After checking in we headed into the Park. It was a little overcast but the sun came out here and there. Our goal was to head to Old Faithful. Of course you get side tracked taking so many pictures. We saw buffalo, elk, and some geeese. We hit Old Faithful just right. As we were walking up to see it, the geyser went off. WOW!!!! It was loud and rumbled a lot.

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An awesome sight to see.

Yellowstone National Park, set aside by the U.S. Congress as a national park on March 1, 1872, is located mostly in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho. The park was the first of its kind, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular areas in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant.

Aboriginal Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years. The region was bypassed during the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. Aside from visits by mountain men during the early to mid-1800s, organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s.

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The U.S. Army was commissioned to oversee the park just after its establishment. In 1917, administration of the park was transferred to the National Park Service, which had been created the previous year. Hundreds of structures have been built and are protected for their architectural and historical significance, and researchers have examined more than 1,000 archaeological sites.

Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles (8,983 kmĀ²), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on  he continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano; it has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.

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Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining, nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.

Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Grizzlies, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. Forest fires occur in the park each year; in the large forest fires of 1988, nearly one third of the park burned. Yellowstone has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls. During the winter, visitors often access the park by way of guided tours that use either snow coaches or snowmobile.

nyprne says:
I have yet to go to Yellowstone but I will fix that soon.
Posted on: Sep 02, 2011
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Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
$9.95 a person and is good for two consecutive days. Well worth the stop. You get close to both the Wolves and Grizzlys. Great opportunity to take som… read entire review
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Gray Wolf Inn and Suites, West Yellowstone, Montana
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