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Yellowstone National Park

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first national park. Yellowstone's name is historically credited to the Native Americans who lived in and around the park area. The name is basically derived from the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River has high yellow rock cliffs along its banks in the northern area of the present day park. The Native American Minnetaree tribe called the river "Mi tsi a da zi," which means "Rock Yellow River." French fur trappers translated this to "Yellow Rock" or "Yellow Stone." Hence, Yellowstone was named.

Yellowstone has an incredible diversity of nature, from wildlife to thermal features. Whatever sort of nature you are seeking, you will be sure to find it at Yellowstone.

As far as wildlife goes, Yellowstone is home to 7 species of native ungulates, 2 species of bears, approximately 50 species of other mammals, 311 recorded species of birds (148 nesting species), 18 species of fish (6 non-native), 6 species of reptiles, and 4 species of amphibians. Probably the main attraction to Yellowstone would be the hydrothermal features. Nowhere in the world is there a higher concentration of hydrothermal features. In fact, Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park. This is due to the fact that Yellowstone is actually an active super-volcano, having one of the world’s largest calderas, measuring 45 by 30 miles (72 by 48 km)

If you have never visited Yellowstone National Park, you should add it to your list of must-see places to visit!

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