Yellowstone National Park

By Jori Wallace


Yellowstone is a national park located in Wyoming, United States. This Park is rich in landscape, as well as wildlife. Yellowstone is a 3,468 sq mi national park with many diverse geographical features.
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Ferdinand Hayden explored the Yellowstone area in 1871 and created a report to try to convince the U.S. Congress to keep the land from being sold to preserve the beautiful landscape. The congress was convinced and Yellowstone was made a national park on March 1, 1872, when President Grant signed the Act of Dedication. Even though Yellowstone faced some local put down by the people who did not want the park in its early years, Yellowstone endured and is still thriving today.


Yellowstone National Park is a cold place and has a record low of -66 degrees. In winter you can usually expect to get well over 100 inches of snow and a large amount of rainfall. The high tends to be about 25 degrees, while the low stays at 0 degrees. Their summer is definitely not as hot as Texas's is, with the high somewhere between 70 and 80 degrees, and the lows usually never dip below 35. In June a little snow might be coming your way, no more than an inch, but from then on out there is supposed to be no snow. The driest month of the year for Yellowstone is July, where it's not expected to get more the an inch of rain, otherwise it tends to rain a lot in Yellowstone. In all four seasons the temperatures can definitely vary, with very hot days in the summer and way below freezing days in the winter, but the temperatures are changing for Yellowstone. In the past 50 years it has been recorded that the temperatures are steadily rising and is expected to continue rising. Also, winter is shortening and summer is lengthening. No one is exactly sure for how long this will continue to happen, but if we want to help save Yellowstone's ecosystem, then this needs to stop.

Activities and Events

From fishing to skiing, there are so many fun and exciting things to do in Yellowstone National Park. In the summer months you can go hiking or backpacking across the beautiful yellowstone landscape. You can also go boating, fishing, bicycling, climbing, zip lining, rafting, horse/llama riding, and so much more. There are also many guided tours though out the seasons to see all of the amazing geographical features in Yellowstone, and maybe even see some of the exquisite wildlife. There are snowmobile, snow coach, dog sled, and sleigh rides in winter. There is also skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There are hot springs to swim in, campgrounds to camp, and wildlife to see in winter as well. There are tons of fun and exciting activities to do and things to see through out the year at Yellowstone National Park.

Fun Facts

- Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States, if not the world

- Yellowstone is located in three states, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

- Yellowstone National Park is larger than Rhode Island or Delaware

- Yellowstone sits at an elevation of about 8,000 ft

- The Yellowstone Caldera is a massive super volcano and the volcanic eruption that created the caldera was 1,000 times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens

- The most famous geyser in Yellowstone is Old Faithful and it erupts about every 63 minutes

- In 1926, Yellowstone decided to kill all of the gray wolves living in Yellowstone because they were a threat. This greatly upset the ecosystem. By the 1990s Yellowstone reviewed it's previous ideas and reintroduced wolves to the park.

Indian Accociation

Native Americans, or Indians, have lived in Yellowstone for over 10,000 years. The Indian tribes lived peacefully by themselves with the land until about the 1800s when the white men showed up and invaded their homes. Shoshone, Bannock, and Nez Perce are a few of the Indian tribes that occupied the Yellowstone area before it was taken from them. The Indians were eventually forced on to reservations, a plot of land for an indian tribe to live, by the Americans. Soon the Yellowstone Plateau, where the Indians had lived their whole lives peacefully, was made into a national park and now you really don't hear much about any Yellowstone Indians.


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