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FOUND IN THE "PLAN YOUR VISIT" LINK ON THE HOME PAGE WEATHER UNIQUE FEATURES PROGRAMS,VISITORS CENTERS/MUSEUMS AND TOURS Very random weather patterns throughout the year due to mountainous regions. Sunny and warm one minute to cloud and cold the next. Yellowstone National deals with this by providing online weather updates as well as a 24 hour weather report phone number. The park also has plow crews throughout the winter season and there is a "Where are the plows" page to decipher where it is safe to travel. SAFETY FIRST A link is provided called "Plan Your Visit" a unique and reliable tool to make the best of your stay at Yellowstone. Offered in various languages and completley lays out everything one can do at the park.
.http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/upload/13trip_planner_new.pdf Very concerned with visitor safety as that is the first section of the "PlanYour Visit" brochure. The danger factor draws adventure seekers into the park: Stay on board walks due to delicate crust formations, people have died. Toxic gases emitted in some areas, must leave area if feeling sick. Swim at own risk, water can hold deadly diseases like meningitis. It also includes the federal regulation of distance between wildlife and humans and what should be done if encountered.
25 feet for Elk/Bison
100 feer for Bear A SAFE VISITOR IS A HAPPY VISITOR YELLOWSTONE LAKE GEOTHERMAL AREAS AND GEYSERS GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE Home to unique fauna and flora 11 types of native fish, 5 non-native 10 Types of Reptiles and Amphibians Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
Lake Chubs Prarie Rattlesnake
Valley Garter Snake
Wandering Garter Snake
Sage Brush Lizard Home to 66 types of mammals 322 Bird Species, 12 000+ Insects and 128 species of Butterfly. Ducks, kingfishers, swans, partridges, grous, loons, pelicans, storks, hawks, true owls, road runners... VARIETY! Beetles, flies, ants, wasps, dragonflies, stoneflies etc. Located almost in the center of the park
America's largest high altitude freshwater lake.
Second largest freshwater lake above 7000 ft. in the world.
110 miles of shore line, 136 square miles of coverage with 20 mile stretches across from end to end. Largest active geyser field in the world!! Yellowstone's Old Faithful Discovered in 1870 by Washburn Expedition
Received it's name for how frequent it erupts.
Approximatley every 92 minutes it shoots water 135 feet in the air.
Over 1 million eruptions since Yellowstone's creation in 1872.
Surface water sinks down to hot rocks heated by magma, or magma itself. Super-heating and insta-boiling the water, sending a high pressure blast of water and steam bursting up into the air. Hotsprings Mud Pots Ferma Holes Hottest features in the park, such little water is turned to steam right away before reaching the surface. Acidic hot spring with limited water supply, home to microorganisms use hydrofen sulfide to create sulpheric acid which breaks down rock into clay. Most common hydrothermal features in Yellowstone, created by convection. The process of hot water rising to the top as cool water sinks to the cottom, stopping the build up of presure that creates a geyser. Created 600 000 years ago by volcanic eruptions that emptied a buried magma chamber underneath the park, the roof collapsed and created a giant smoldering pit.
The pit filled with lava and eventually created Canyon Rhyolite flow which blocked off rivers that formed lakes and caused overflow that began to weaken the lava flow.
Later in history glaciers blocked the canyon path three different times causing lakes to form and when melted the damed lakes flowed down the canyon deepening it even more.
Since then natural forces such as water wind, earthquakes etc. have shaped the canyon more and more.
It is now approximatley 20 miles long, 1000 ft deep, and 2500 ft wide and only getting larger as time goes on. Park Ranger Tours Rangers lead day hikes and campfires in summer and winter as well as roam the major features of the park assisting and answering questions.
The park’s official educational partner offers wildlife watching tours, backpacking trips, and short courses.
They also offer a deluxe trip planner for the low price of 29.95 which includes 5 books, guides and references.
There are Junior Ranger and Young Scientist programs that promote involvement in and about Yellowstone. YELLOWSTONE ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES FISHING BRIDGE VISITOR CENTER
Info, bookstore, exhibits on birds, wildlife and lake geology.
GRANT VISITOR CENTER
Bookstore, exhibits and video on fire in Yellowstone.
MUSEUM OF THE NATIONAL PARK RANGER, NORRIS
Exhibits at this historic soldier station on the history of the park ranger profession.
OLD FAITHFUL VISITOR EDUCATION CENTER
Discover secrets of hydrothermal wonders in the park and the interesting story of life in an extreme environment. First established in 1872
The human history dates back 11 000 years
Lots of practice at being the best. SPANS OVER THREE DIFFERENT STATES IDAHO, MONTANA AND WYOMING
The park was actually established before any of these states recieved statehood.
Approximately 8983 sq/km Main Geographical Features
Yellowstones landscape relief is a direct result of thousands of years of tectonic activities (volcanoes and earthquakes) combined with the effects of the elements (erosion, ice and water movements).
There are a number of large volcanic plateaus that the majority of the park lays over.
The park maintains an average elevation of 7,875 feet above water level.
There generally north to south mountain ranges run through the park, the gallatin range, the absaroka range and the northen part of the teton range. WATER WORKS Yellowstone Lake (Largest high elevation lake in North America)
Main drainage system is Yellowstone River which enters from the south east and flows northward which flows into the Yellowstone falls --> Upper falls (114ft) and Lower Falls (308 ft) RATES & ANNUAL VISITATION Pricing for park use varies depending on what one chooses to travel by: (Day use only)
Foot or any self propelled means of transportation ($12);
Motorcycle and/or snowmobile ($20);
And non-commercial vehicle ($25).
Valid for 7 days.
An annual entrance pass costs $50. ANNUAL VISITATION 2012 - 3,445,771
2011 - 3,394,226
2010 - 3,640,185 (RECORD HIGH!)
2009 - 3.295,187 SUMMER FALL SPRING WINTER HISTORY & CULTURAL HERITAGE John Colter, from the Lewis and Clarke expedition, was said to be the first American man to experience Yellowstone National Park the winter of 1807-08.
His tales of the area led to an increase in expeditions throughout the following 60 years, leading to a government funded “Hayden Expedition” of 1871, led by an American geologist Dr. Ferdinand Hayden.
The findings of the study and survey of the Hayden Expedition led to the establishment of Yellowstone as a National Park on March 1st 1872, by signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Camping 30 Days Camping 14 Days Camping 30 Days Camping 30 Days Largest free roaming buffalo herd in North America.
One of few grizzly bear populations in the U.S.
One of the largest Elk herds in North America.
Rare sightings of Lynx & Wolverine. It contains what is known as a “Petrified Forest” or “Fossil Forest”.
Hundreds of fossilized stumps, some reaching 10 meters wide.
Created by passing volcanic deposits covering certain areas of forests.
Organic material decays after hundreds of years leaving a “cast” of the tree. "PETRIFIED FOREST" HERITAGE AND RESEARCH CENTER
A center to learn about the cultural history and heritage of Yellowstone National Park.
Located in Montana on the Old Yellowstone Trail.
State of the art facility including:
Archeology Lab Native American Culture
Dates back 11 000 years
Area used by Cheyenne, Kiowa, Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfeet, Nez Perce, and the Crow as their homes, hunting grounds and transportation routes.
Very recently disrupted by Europeans 200 years ago.
1872, park was established in order to preserve and protect the best way in the Europeans opinion the areas of the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming that now make up the park. Hiking Hiking Hiking Snowshoeing Become a Junior or Web Ranger! Become a Junior or Web Ranger! Become a Junior or Web Ranger! Become a Junior or Web Ranger! Bicycling Bicycling Bicycling Boating (Certain Areas) Boating (Certain Areas) Boating (Certain Areas) Canoe, Kayak, Motorized Canoe, Kayak, Motorized Canoe, Kayak, Motorized TOURS TOURS TOURS Fishing
Certain Zones Fishing
Certain Zones Fishing
Certain Zones Horseback Riding and Llama Packing Horseback Riding and Llama Packing Horseback Riding and Llama Packing Picnicking Picnicking Picnicking Ranger-Led Programs Canyon Village Tour
Fishing Bridge and Lake Vilage
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Evening Program
Calling in The Cavalry Walk
Ranger leads a relaxed walk around Fort Yellowstone.
Learn about important historic events and the role the military played in protecting Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Canyon Talk
Hayden Valley View
Walking the Edge
Tour of both the falls and the Yellowstone Canyon colourful walls. Ranger-Led Program Mammoth Snowshoe Discovery
Discover the mystery of the multitude of geysers in Yellowstone
Look into the past and present geology of Yellowstone
Visit Old Faithful's noon time eruption. Ranger-Led Programs Madison & West Yellowstone
Great Village and West Thumb
Scenic Lake Overview
Ascend to a scenic overlook of Lake Yellowstone through meadows, forests and thermal features.
Designed for the young at heart
Learn about the diverse geology, history and wildlife. Snowmobiling PARK REVIEWS Employee Review A wonderful place to work
Cartographic Technician (Former Employee), Mammoth Hot Springs – September 17, 2012
If you love the outdoors and the natural environment, your going to love working at Yellowstone. The NPS is a government job that comes with the typical government bureaucracy, but, your working at Yellowstone. SEASONAL SUPERVISOR Pros: You work at Yellowstone national park!Cons: a cafeteria that does not cook to your needs. (lactose intolerant)
I worked as a line cook and it was a wonderful experience. Never having cooked before, I was obviously nervous, but by the end I was highly skilled. I was able to accomplish the impossible when it comes to stress and this just goes to show the great people they hire! Besides the job, Yellowstone National Park is great! It is the most beautiful
place on earth! The first and oldest National Park in the National Park System and definitely one of the most impressive. Yellowstone probably has had more money contributed to it and for my longer so the facilities are top notch. As for the park itself, there's just something about seeing wildlife everywhere, seeing the earth alive with geyser and hot springs, the different landscapes, the vastness of it all, it's wonderful.
I think 3 days is a good amount of time to see most things in the park. We went during the low season so there was hardly any people and many of the visitor centers were closed for the season but the Old Faithful visitor center was definitely still open.
I loved being at Yellowstone and seeing the great sites. I think it really changes you as a person! PARK VISITOR