When did Yellowstone become a national park? – 2017

When did Yellowstone become a national park?


If you enjoy visiting national parks, you can thank Yellowstone. Congress set aside this tract of land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho in 1872, and it is widely considered to be the world’s first national park. Home to the famous Old Faithful geyser, the park is also known for its wildlife and forestry. The land was initially managed by the U.S. War Department and Department of the Interior until the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Source: National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

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