Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world. It contains the most geysers and hot springs anywhere on earth. It sits in a super volcanic caldera formed by past eruptions. The magma under the Park heats ground water and powers the thermal features including the world famous “Old Faithful” geyser.
Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres is a vibrant habitat of forests, meadows, lakes, and rivers. With an average elevation of nearly 8,500 feet, the Park has a short, but stunning summer season filled with native plants and wildflowers. Munching away on the luxurious vegetation are herds of bison, elk, antelope, and deer. Beaver build wetlands for the moose and waterfowl; the grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain lions sit rightfully atop the food chain. Watch for eagles – both bald and golden – and enjoy the trumpeter swans in their white robed courtly majesty. At night, the owls keep watch over their domain.
Native Americans called Yellowstone’s mountains Absoarkee for the ravens that oversee the park’s landscape. Lake Yellowstone is the highest, largest lake in North America and surprises many visitors with its size and stunning beauty. Much of the mountain snowmelt enters the lake to start its journey down the wild and free Yellowstone River.
Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place for recreation. From the excitement and wonder of seeing wild wolves or the mighty grizzly bear to the peace and tranquility of simply watching the bison with their babies, you just cannot help but be moved by the true grandeur of Yellowstone’s “home on the range”.
Join Grandpa Grizzly and Grandma Dora as they show you their favorite place and Grandpa Grizzly’s Great Adventures begin!
In 1803, Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea explored the American West and mapped the land. Years later, cowboys tended cattle ranches on horseback and stagecoaches connected the “cow towns”. In 1872 President U. S. Grant signed legislation creating the Park and President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt dedicated the entrance arch at Gardiner, Montana in 1904.
Today as we play and sing “America’s Song”, we can ride an historic stage coach, take trail rides, or enjoy a campfire cookout in Yellowstone National Park similar to the activities of the earlier visitors to the Park. As the wolves serenade us to sleep, we dream of fly fishing for native cut throat trout, or kayaking and rafting just outside the Park in Gardiner, MT. Just 50 miles downstream, the Yellowstone River runs through Livingston, MT and Sacajawea Park graces the river and the historic downtown, a must see for all visitors to the area. Take a walk, enjoy fresh air, and buy a hat and bear spray at the historic “mercantile” on Main Street.
Yellowstone National Park truly is our national treasure. Its eco-system is alive and well for the first time in years. Come and enjoy the work of our National Park Service in preserving this special place “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”!