Today, we look at some fun facts about Yellowstone National Park, not one of the largest national parks in the world but certainly one of the most well-known.
Widely regarded as the world’s first national park, the creation of Yellowstone became official when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act.
Yellowstone is known for its hydrothermal features, including mammoth hot springs, and the Steamboat Geyser, the largest active geyser in the world.
So if your kiddo fancies themselves as a budding park ranger, they’d find these facts about the home of the Old Faithful geyser right up their alley.
Yellowstone National Park Facts FOR KIDS
- Yellowstone National Park was North America’s first national park established in 1872. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site one hundred years later, in 1978.
- The Yellowstone Caldera, located in the park, is one of the largest supervolcanoes in the world and has a rich geological history dating back to prehistoric times.
- It sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more active geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth.
- The park has an estimated 500 geysers; Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in the world, erupts around 20 times a day.
- Yellowstone encompasses 3,472 square miles, it is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
- Yellowstone Lake, situated at an elevation of 7,733 feet (2,357 meters) above sea level, is the largest high-altitude lake in North America and a prominent feature within the park.
- Native Americans have a deep historical connection to the Yellowstone region, and the area contains archaeological sites reflecting their presence long before the park’s establishment.
- Yellowstone is home to a wide variety of species of mammals, including black bears, bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain lions, mountain goats, and the Canada lynx.
- On top of that, it hosts nearly three hundred species of birds, 13 species of fish, and 308 endangered species, including grizzly bears and gray wolves.
- Approximately half of the world’s geothermal features can be found within Yellowstone National Park, making it a hotspot for geology enthusiasts.
- Other natural wonders found in the park include the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as well as over 1,000 archaeological sites.
- The highest point in the park is Eagle Peak, which sits at 11,358 feet.
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