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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National ParkWhy Yellowstone National Park is special
It is the first officially designated national park on our planet. And it boasts world-class natural features.

Top 3 natural features in Yellowstone National Park
Each is described in more deail on page two. Best and worst times to visit in Yellowstone National Park
Mid- to late-September
This is the best all around time for a visit as the weather is pleasant and the tourist count is relatively light.

July and August
These are the two busiest months. Be forewarned, traffic jams are common on both the roads and the pedestrian sightseeing boardwalks.

The least desirable season is winter. It can be quite cold and many roads are snow blocked.

If your time is short
Mini bucket list
If you can only make a short visit, I recommend you see and experience at least these six Yellowstone National Park attractions:
Top 3 natural features of Yellowstone National Park
Geothermal Canyons and waterfall Wildlife Massive, active volanco
More than a half million years ago most of the park area was one of the world's biggest volcanoes. It exploded and its walls collapsed, creating a caldera basin measuring roughly 50 kilometers wide by 70 kilometers (30 to 45 in miles). Most of today's Yellowstone sits on that caldera.

Still active
The subterranean part of the volcano remains dynamic. It manifests itself by generating the heat responsible for creating the park's many geysers and other geothermal features. It also produces Yellowstone National Park's many earthquakes.

Future eruption
Geologists say that volcano is now showing preliminary signs of emerging and erupting again (though they believe that those events are unlikely to occur in our lifetimes).

Yellowstone National Park is bliss for backpackers
It offers 1500 kilometers (almost a 1000 miles) of trails and several hundred campsites, many in spectacular backcountry settings.

Tourist count
Yellowstone National Park annually draws roughly 3 million visitors.

This natural reserve covers nearly 9,000 square meters (3500 square miles) - and spreads into three northwest USA states (over 90% lies in Wyoming).

Yellowstone National Park is high in altitude. Its lowest point is about 2,000 meters (a little over a mile) above sea level. Its highest point is almost double that figure.

Location in America
Yellowstone National Park Map
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