Yellowstone Park oldest world park

Yellowstone Park oldest world park

Yellowstone Park is the oldest world park

Country: United States
State: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Region: Part of Rocky Mountains
Ecosystem: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Area: 8.983 km2
Established: 1978
Visitors / Y: 4,257,156 (year 2016)
Internet site: Yellowstone National Park


Lodgepole pine represents 80% of the trees of Yellowstone forest. It is just one of 1700 trees in the Park. The special ecosystem permits the life of an unusual bacterial population. This bacterial are studied for use to help in medicine, because of their characteristics.


Yellowstone park symbol is grizzly. Actually, the same level can be considered the gray wolf after the reintroduction in 1990. The value of the population of wolfs, as a result, is a benefit for the whole ecosystem. We talk about that here because it is a long and special argument.
Other animals are the American Bison, coyote, cougar, elk, moose, mule deer, black bear, and many others. In Yellowstone present six reptiles like prairie rattlesnake. The birds are counted in 311 species including the national bird, the bald eagle.


The park is composed of five different regions, Mammoth Country, Canyon Country, Lake Country, Geyser Country, Roosevelt Country. Any region has different characteristics. The Lake Country is the area around Yellowstone Lake. This region is more populated by wild animals while the Geyser Country is special for geyser.
Geyser Country is where are the major geyser of Yellowstone and also the Old Faithful. It is the most famous geyser in the world.
Canyon Country is also famous because the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone which includes the Lower Falls, very nice and highest the double of Niagara Falls.
Mammoth Country is a thermal area and Roosevelt Country is dedicated to the animals, you can watch herds of elk and bison.
The park main road is around 200 kilometers, but there are many paths, and you can discover the park by walking.


The climate of the park is variable because of there many different zones. The park is generally classified humid continental but, for example, the lake region is considered subarctic. The large forestation and the mountain presence make Yellowstone subject to thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. Temperature can arrive at 37 C degree in summer up to more than -50 C degree in the winter cold nights.

Main attractions

Grizzly, wolves, bison, elks, moose. The Yellowstone Lake, the hot springs, the Old Faithful, the Yellowstone Canyon.

The park

Yellowstone is a magical place, is the oldest US park, and is a symbol of nature magnificent. It was declared park in 1872 under Grant presidency with the Act of Dedication.
In 1978 it was declared World Heritage from Unesco.
According to a prof. Jamie Farrell study, under Yellowstone park there is a super volcano. If this volcano will explode will be the worldwide consequence.
This is not the only danger in Yellowstone. The particular conformation of the environment, forest, and grassland making it vulnerable to the fire.

It calculates the grassland fire any 20/25 years and forests any 300 years. Last dramatic event was in 1988 where more than 30% of the forest burnt. The effect is visible even today 30 years after.
What to do in Yellowstone? there are many activities, from the calm watching geysers to the hiking in the mountains. One of the best is watching wild animals. Nothing can give you biggest emotion than to watch a grizzly in his natural habitat and maybe a few meters from you. The same concept is valid for wolf or moose or if you are super lucky the cougar.
You can have camping experience and spent the night in one or more of the campsites in the park. Is possible even do rafting in the rivers.

In the Yellowstone Lake and Madison River is possible to have a fly or lure fishing, special species of trouts are presents. Last activity we suggest you is maybe the more important. You can visit the reservations around the park and discover also the history and life of Native Americans. We don’t talk here about that because will be the theme of a special article.


Finally, we can say the reasons to visit Yellowstone are a lot. Maybe for the people 40/50/60 years old. There is even another special reason not listed above. In the 1958 William Hanna and Joseph Barbera create the Yogi Bear. They create even a series where Yoghi is the star with his friend Bubu and the Ranger Smith. The environment is the imaginary Jellystone park, directly inspired by Yellowstone Park. The adventures of Yogi takes inspiration from the classical and actually theft of picnic baskets by the bears in the park. So who remembers that cartoons, will be happy to see the park and the bears which had to inspire it.

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