Yellowstone National Park
A park in several States
Yellowstone National Park lies with the majority of the park in Wyoming and a tiny part of it in Montana and Idaho. This park is known for its thermal regions, vast wildlife and wildfire prone forests. I have been there several times so far, mostly in the wintertime, and will be more in the future. W's family lives in Bozeman, which is a couple of hours from one of the main entrances into the park (Gardiner). Since I met W I think I have visited the park at least once per year, more so in the wintertime. I have now traveled through all the roads that will take you to the park. The great thing about Yellowstone National Park is that the ecosystem is so diverse. It has open plains, like the one you will see in the Lamar Valley, but also high mountains surrounding it. The ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park is very special and is also referred to as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The park is maybe mostly known for its thermal hot springs like the Old Faithful. The hot springs create a specific microhabitat that allows certain species to thrive, but if you go up in elevation you will find the fragile alpine flora and a completely different microhabitat. Yellowstone is part of the Rocky Mountains, which extends all the way up through Canada. The park is one of the oldest National Parks in the US, and became the nations first National Park in 1872. Within the park you will find the Washburn Range and the Red Mountains Range. The northwest corner is covered by the Gallatin Range which starts north of the park, around Bozeman, MT. In the northeast corner you have the Absaroka Range that follows the Montana-Wyoming border and make up the eastern border of the park. The highest point in the park is Eagle Peak, which is part of the Absaroka Range, in the eastern part of the park.