You may know of some national parks in the United States or parks in other parts of the world, but did you ever wonder which was the first national park? Well, I’ll give you some clues: it has sizzling thermal features, amazing animals, gorgeous mountains and many other amazing features. The answer is Yellowstone National Park! Located in northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and southeastern Idaho, it was created in 1872 and was the first national park in the whole world.
Underneath Yellowstone is a giant supervolcano. Because of this, there are many thermal features in Yellowstone. Some examples are hot springs, mud pots and geysers. Some famous features include Grand Prismatic Spring (the largest hot spring in America and third largest in the world), Steamboat Geyser (the world’s tallest currently erupting geyser), and Old Faithful Geyser (possibly the most famous geyser on earth).
Many animals also live in Yellowstone. Black bears, grizzly bears, bison, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, prairie dogs, eagles, ravens, mountain lions, moose, snakes, marmots, bighorn sheep, mountains goats, and many other creatures live here. Grizzlies are one of the best animals to see. Yellowstone and areas around it are some of the last places where grizzlies live in America. The only other places are northern Washington, northern Idaho, northwestern Montana and Alaska. Wolves are also a treat to see. For most of the twentieth century, wolves were wiped out of Yellowstone. But in the 1990s, they came back.
The scenery of Yellowstone is also amazing. You could take a short hike and see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take a horseback ride through the backcountry, hike to the top of scenic Mount Washburn, look for animals in Lamar Valley, take in the views at Yellowstone Lake or countless other natural treasures.
Yellowstone National Park is one of nature’s greatest places. By driving, Yellowstone is 19 hours away. To see all of Yellowstone, it would take weeks. I recommend that you stay at least three days to see the major sites. If you are looking for a nice vacation spot, Yellowstone is an excellent option.