One of the Journeys

Sal's Journey to Yellowstone National Park!

Climate

Climate: Summer: Daytime temperatures are often in the 70s/25C. Nights are normally cool and temperatures may drop below freezing at higher elevations (hills/mountains). Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons.

Winter: Temperatures often range from zero to 20F/-20 to -5C throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures over-night are common. The record low temperature is -66F/-54C. Snowfall is very random. While the average is 150 inches per year, it is not uncommon for higher elevations to get twice that amount.

Spring and Fall: Daytime temperatures range from the 30s to the 60s 0 to 20C with overnight lows in the teens to single digits -5 to -20C. Snow is common in the spring and fall with regular accumulations of 12in in a 24 hour period.

History of the Park

Yellowstone National Park was created March 1st, 1872. The park was created as the "benefit joy of the people!" Did you know that the 1988 fires affected 36% of the park? No? Now you do. The largest fire, covering 410,000 acres, was started by a discarded cigarette. Oops!

Activities and Events

Yellowstone has something for everyone. Things like biking, camping, hiking, boat riding, horseback riding and more. Visit nps.gov for more information.

Interesting Facts

Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established. Today, you can visit it and watch multi-colored geysers erupt in a cool color show!

7 FUN FACTS

  1. There are over 40 major waterfalls in Yellowstone

  2. Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872, 20 years before Montana, Idaho and Wyoming were granted statehood

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

  4. Yellowstone produces 3.3 million acre-feet of water every year making it one of the riches sources for water in the western United States

  5. Twelve major rivers originate in the Greater Yellowstone area

  6. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is 20 miles long, 1,500 to 4,000 feet wide and 1,500 feet deep

  7. Grand Prismatic Spring pumps out over 4,000 gallons of boiling water every single minute, making it the largest hot springs in North America

Association with Native Americans

Native Americans used to own this land. In the mid-1800s, the U.S. Peace Policy called for religious men to teach Christianity to native tribes. Visit the still-active St. Stephens Church decorated with Native American art on the Wind River Reservation.

Journal Entry

Today was the best for me, but surely the worst for Gram and Gramps. Grams tried to get underneath the rope to see Old Faithful. After she was stopped from dying by falling into the geyser, we got to watch the geyser erupt into space. That’s all folks.