I used to live in Montana, and had an opportunity of a life time to go and see this incredible and breathtaking Yellowstone Park. It is not just an America’s First National Park – it’s a wonderland!
It is hard to describe what an amazing, intriguing and at the same time naturally beautiful that place is.
I have never seen anything like it before…
Even if it’s not on the list, I would still consider it one of the Natural Wonders of the World.
People from all over the world come to see this incredible National Park that was established in 1872!
When I was there, I had a feeling I was on a different planet.
This is how unbelievable that place is…
Yellowstone National Park Facts
- World’s First National Park (!)
- 3,472 square miles or 8,987 square km
- It’s located in 3 different states: 96 % in Wyoming, 3 % in Montana, 1 % in Idaho
- Larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined (!)
- Highest Point: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)
- Approximately 5% of park is cover by water, 15% is grassland and 80% is forested
Yellowstone National Park Geology
- An Active Volcano
- Approximately 2,000 earthquakes annually (!)
- Approximately 10,000 thermal features
- More than 300 geysers
- One of the world’s largest calderas, measuring 45 by 30 miles (72 by 48 km)
- One of the world’s largest petrified forests
- Approximately 290 waterfalls, 15 ft. or higher, flowing year-round
- Tallest waterfall: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River at 308 ft. (94 m)
- 7 species of native ungulates
- 2 species of bears
- Approximately 50 species of other mammals
- 311 recorded species of birds
- 18 species of fish
- 6 species of reptiles
- 5 species protected as “threatened or endangered”
Threatened: bald eagle, grizzly bear, lynx
Endangered: whooping crane, gray wolf
Yellowstone National Park Fees
There is an entrance fee to enter Yellowstone Park which is only $25 per vehicle, but the fees vary if you enter by bicycle, foot, motorcycle or commercial vehicle.
Things to Do in Yellowstone Park
If you are looking for a little adventure travel, Yellowstone Park is the perfect place for that.
Every day there will be lots of adventure and exploration with great deal of things to do. From guided fishing trips on Yellowstone Lake to Wild West horseback rides, from hiking tours to bicycling, boating and camping (if you are not afraid of grizzly bears!). Take your pick!
5 park entrances
466 mi /750 km of roads
950 mi /1,529 km of backcountry trails
287 backcountry campsites
Best Time to Visit Yellowstone National Park
The typical temperature in Yellowstone Park in winter time will be 0ºF to 30ºF, while in summer it may vary from 40ºF to 80ºF.
I went there in May once, and there was a lot of snow on the ground, but it was fairly warm. So, I would say, from May to September/October would be the perfect time to visit. Keep in mind, that Yellowstone’s climate change very quickly and dramatically within a short period of time, so be prepared to bring some warm clothes to enjoy your trip more.
Year 2000 – almost 3 million (!) visitors
- Record year: 1992 – over 3,144,000 visitors (!)
- 9 hotels/lodges
- 9 visitor centers and museums
- 7 campgrounds
- 2,000+ buildings
- 49 picnic areas
- 1 marina
Yellowstone Park Employees
Approximately 800 (!) National Park employees work there during summer time.
Yellowstone National Park Mailing Address
National Park Service
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park,
Cell Phone Service in Yellowstone Park
One more thing I would like to add that there is inconsistent cell phone service around the park. The best reception you can find at Old Faithful, Grant Village and Mammoth areas.
Have you ever been to Yellowstone National Park? What was your experience?
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