Wildlife of Yellowstone
Wander the wilds of America’s first national park
When Western travellers first explored the area now known as Yellowstone, they returned with unlikely tales of bubbling mud pools and shooting steam. It turned out that their reports were accurate, as Yellowstone does indeed have many geothermal areas, as well as other varied landscapes including mountains, rivers, grasslands and sub-alpine forests.
With such interesting geology and also huge herds of large mammals, it’s not too surprising that Yellowstone eventually became the world’s first national park in 1872. Most of the park is in the US state of Wyoming, but it creeps into Montana and Idaho too. It is the eighth largest of the United States’ 59 national parks and hosts over 3 million tourists annually.