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Yellowstone Quick Facts:

  • The first national park established in 1872
  • Largest supervolcano on the continent
  • Key features are the various ecosystems available in the park
  • Spans 3,468 square miles (8,983 sq km)


Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in 1872 when congress set the park boundaries aside as a wonder of nature. The geothermal features, waterfalls, varying ecosystems, and wildlife combine to create a phenomenal encounter with nature. The park is primarily located in the state of Wyoming in the United States.

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Yellowstone encompasses 3,468 square miles (8,983 sq km) of spectacular scenery, ecological features and abundant wildlife. Visitors will also find canyons, rivers and mountain ranges during an exploration of the park system. One of the most notable geothermal features is the geyser known as "Old Faithful." Although the intermittent time between geyser eruptions has changed over the years, it erupts faithfully throughout the day.

Yellowstone is home to hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish, many of which are either threatened or endangered. Some of the notable wildlife include grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, buffalo (bison), and elk.

Approximately half of the world's geothermal features are located within Yellowstone National Park. As the largest supervolcano on the continent, the Yellowstone Caldera is still considered an active volcano which supports much of the geothermal features experienced in the park.


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More will follow on Yellowstone National Park as it is declared an official or notable wonder of North America.