Yellowstone Park Facts



  • Yellowstone is the oldest and best-known national park in the USA. It was established by Act of Congress on March 1, 1872.
  • It is one of the world’s largest parks covering 8987 sq km of rugged mountains and spectacular deep valleys.
  • It is situated across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
  • Yellowstone is famous for its lakes and rivers such as Yellowstone Lake and Snake River.
  • Most of Yellowstone is forested in lodge pole pines, along with other conifers, cottonwoods and aspens. It also has a wealth of wild flowers.
  • Yellowstone’s wild animals include bison, bighorn sheep, moose, grizzly bears and wolves.
  • Yellowstone has 10,000 hot springs and 300 geysers, as well as steam vents, mud cauldrons, fumaroles and paint pots.
  • The most famous geyser is Old Faithful, which spouts every hour or so. The biggest is the 115 m Steamboat.
  • One of the biggest volcanic eruptions ever occurred in Yellowstone Park two million years ago. Enough lava poured out in one goes to build six Mt Fujiyamas.
  • There are signs that Yellowstone may soon erupt as a super volcano — an eruption on an unimaginable scale.