Yellowstone Park

Wyoming

Introduction

You might have heard of Jellystone Park. The home of Yogi Bear? Right. Well, Jellystone is a parody, if you will, of the famed Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. This is one of the sights Sal and her grandparents saw on their journey in Walk To Moons. Old Faithful lies here, too. Let's learn a little bit about Yellowstone Park!
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History

Yellowstone was made the world's first national park in 1872. Tribes and bands used the park as homes, hunting grounds, and moving routes for 11,000 years. It is located in Wyoming, but it extends into Idaho and Montana. The park was authorized by the U.S. and approved by president Ulysses S. Grant. The U.S. army was instructed to chaperon the park just after it was created. Tons of structures have been built and are preserved for their constructive and historical importance , and researchers have inspected more than 1,000 archaeological locations.

Activities and Events

Backcountry Camping and Hiking, Boating, Bicycling, Camping, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Day Hiking, Fishing, Guided Tours and Other Services, Horseback Riding and Llama Packing, Picnicking, Ranger-Led Activities, Snowmobiles and Snowcoaches, and Wildlife Viewing.

Climate

Record High Temperature - 99 Degrees Fahrenheit

Record Low Temperature - -66 Degrees Fahrenheit

June through September, daytime - 70 to 80 Degrees Fahrenheit

June through September, nighttime - can go below freezing

Summer afternoons, many thunderstorms

Spring and Fall, daytime - 30 to 60 Degrees Fahrenheit

Spring and Fall, cold nighttime - teens to single digit

Winter high, daytime - 0 to 20 Degrees Fahrenheit

Winter, nighttime - below 0 Degrees Fahrenheit

Precipitation, rain - ranges from 15 inches to 80 inches

Precipitation, snow - possible any month of the year, 150 inches average

Tornadoes - very rare

Fascinating Facts

1) Yellowstone is an active super volcano.

2) There are only 30 active super volcanoes in the world and Yellowstone is one of them and the only one to be located on land.

3) Yellowstone Park contains one jail.

4) Yellowstone hit a record number of visitors in 1992. Over 3 million visitors came in one year.

5) Yellowstone Park is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined!

6) Yellowstone has 50 mammal species, 311 bird species, 18 fish species, 6 reptile species, 4 amphibian species, and 5 endangered or threatened species.

7) Approximately 5% of the park is covered by water; 15% is grassland, and 80% is forested.

8) Yellowstone Park has the largest concentration of free roaming wildlife in all of the lower 48 states.

9) 96% of Yellowstone is in Wyoming, 3% in Montana, and 1% in Idaho.

10) Yellowstone Park has about 300 active geysers and about 10,000 thermal features.

11) The average year round temperature of Yellowstone is 35 degrees fahrenheit.

12) There are over 40 major waterfalls in the park.

13) Old Faithful (located in the park) erupts every 91 minutes.

Association with American Indians

Indians are at Yellowstone for these reasons. Some came for ceremonial reasons, other tribes lived here through a few seasons at least, if not year-round, almost all hunted and gathered and traded here, some came to raid other tribes, and certain places and resources remain important to these tribes’ sense of themselves and in maintaining their cultural traditions. As of March 2004, 26 tribes have been associated with Yellowstone. If you decide to visit Yellowstone, you can see some of the tribes' ceremonies. They still dwell in their tribes at Yellowstone. For (much more) information and some graphs, visit this link below:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/upload/Yell246.pdf

Bibliography

All my sources for this Smore.