A sacred piece of land
Yellowstone National Park spans over 2.2 million acres, has more than 900 miles of hiking trails, and sits on a giant (dormant) volcano. On top of all of that, Yellowstone is home to more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth; its wilderness encompasses sites such as the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and Old Faithful; and its wildlife sanctuary includes elk, bison, grizzly bears, wolves, beavers, eagles, and America’s largest buffalo herd.
As if the scenery wasn’t enough, the park offers a range of activities for visitors, including camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife watching, bicycling, and llama trekking. (Yes, you read that last one correctly.) Whether you’re up for the challenge of a strenuous hike or you’d prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, Yellowstone is a great place to admire the nature’s vast and wild beauty. In the words of John Muir, “You’ll never want to leave.”
- Located in: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
- Established: March 1, 1872
- Also known as: The first national park in the world
- Number of visitors: 4.2 million in 2016
- Etymology: The park takes its name from what the Minnetaree tribe called the nearby river — “mi tse a-da-zi,” which literally translates to “rock yellow river.”
- Old Faithful water temperature (during eruption): 204°F (96°C)
- Fun fact: Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times.