Yellowstone National Park

Nearly three times the size of Rhode Island

Across three states – Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

It became the world’s first national park in 1872 when

Congress and  President Ulysses S Grant created Yellowstone National Park. 

Five Entrances to the Park

Northeast Entrance – closet to Cook City and Silver Gate, Mont.

North Entrances  – is five-mile from Gardiner, Mont.

              East Entrance – is fifty-three miles from Cody, Wyo.

  South Entrance – fifty-seven miles from Jackson, Wyo.

                         West Entrance – this entrance is the busiest at West Yellowstone, Mont.


 


Wildlife in the Park

 

 

At the last headcount, 94 wolves roam the park in eight packs.  The packs can be seen in Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, Canyon area,  Willow Flats, and Blacktail Deer Plateau.  Best time to see them at dawn and dusk.

 

 

 

The elk population during the winter months is about 5,000 and increases to 10,000 to 20,000 during the summer months.  Adult bull elks weigh up to 700 pounds, while the females weigh up to 500 pounds.

 

 

Moose are striking in appearance because of their towering size, black or brown coloring, long legs, pendulous muzzle, and dangling hairy dewlap, and the immense, wide, flat antlers of old bulls.

 

Grizzly Bears have a massive head with a prominent nose, rounded inconspicuous ears, small eyes, a short tail, a large, powerful body, and a noticeable hump above the shoulders. The claws on the front feet of adults are about 4 inches long and slightly curved. Grizzly Bears range widely in color and size.  For viewing, go to Lamar, Hayden, and Pelican valley. 

 

 

The American bison is the largest surviving terrestrial animal in North America. They are broad and muscular with shaggy coats of long hair adults grow up to 6 feet 11 inches in height and11 ft 6 inches in length.  American bison can weigh from around 880 to 2,800 pounds.  Bison are nomadic. The bulls leave the herds of females at two or three years of age and join a horde of males, generally smaller than females. Mature bulls rarely travel alone.


Hiking in the Park

Avalanche Peak

This 4.5-mile hike to the 10,600-foot dramatic summit gains 2,070 feet in elevation. As a result, this hike is steep and rugged.

Trout Lake

This short uphill trail of 1.2 -miles through a Douglas-fir forest to the lake gains 200 feet in elevation.

 

 

Storm Point

Storm Point Loop is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail with an elevation gain of 98 feet, through a meadow and lodgepole pine forest – home to bison, bears, and eagles.

Wraith Falls

A popular 6-mile round trip with spectacular views fr
This easy, short, 0.9-mile trail passes through sagebrush meadows, marshland, and mixed conifer forest to the base of 79-foot Wraith Falls on Lupine Creek.

Mount Washburn

This is a popular 6-mile round trip with spectacular views from the summit fire tower at the top of Mt. Washburn, a 10,243-foot peak. It is heavily trafficked and is a reward by the 360-degree views from the top are spectacular—families of bighorn sheep who frequent the mountainside.

This hike is not recommended for persons with heart and respiratory problems.

Fairy Falls

There are two heavily trafficked trails, 4.8 miles round trip, heavily trafficked out and back trail lAt 220-feet-high, Fairy Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park.

Fairy Falls, 200 feet high, is one of Yellowstone’s most spectacular waterfalls. From the trailhead, walk 1.6 miles through a young lodgepole pine forest to the falls. You can continue 0.6 miles to Spray and Imperial geysers, which adds 1.2 miles to the hike.

 

Mammoth Hot Springs

The volcanic heat source for Mammoth Hot Springs remains somewhat of a mystery. Scientists have proposed two sources: the giant magma chamber underlying the Yellowstone Caldera or a more minor heat source closer to Mammoth.

At Mammoth, a network of fractures and fissures form the plumbing system that allows hot water from underground to reach the surface. The water comes from rain and snow falling on the surrounding mountains and seeping deep into the earth where it is heated. In addition, small earthquakes may keep the plumbing open.


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