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Celebrating 150 Years of Yellowstone

March 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. The world’s first National Park, Yellowstone spans over 2.2 million acres and is full of natural wonders, geothermal phenomena, and diverse, free-roaming wildlife. America’s legislation to protect this geothermal wonderland inspired national park systems around the world. Old Faithful geyser is just one of a myriad strange phenomenon, along with bubbling mud pots, steaming rainbow hot springs, steam vents, and the multi-colored travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. A truly wild place, Yellowstone’s valleys, passes, and canyons are home to bison, wolves, grizzlies, beavers, and elk. Visit the soaring lobby and massive fireplace of the Old Faithful Inn, an icon of rustic national park architecture.

Leave the planning to an experienced Travel Specialist, and join in the celebrations of this American milestone, totally stress-free.

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Yellowstone, the First National Park in the USA

History of the USA National Park System

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park, launching the US National Park System. Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Wyoming and Montana. Since this preceded statehood for both territories, they were placed under federal management within the Department of the Interior. 

In subsequent years, the government protected many more areas, many of which were also in federal land. The system was piecemeal: designations included National Parks, National Monuments, Historic Monuments, Natural Areas, and Historic Areas. The administration was spread among the Department of the Interior, the War Department, and the Forest Service within the Department of Agriculture.

By 1916, there were 35 national parks and monuments managed by the Department of the Interior. That year, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to protect and administer these and future national parks. The National Park Service works to preserve US National Parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people. 

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Seasonal Weather & Packing Tips for Yellowstone National Park

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When to Go

Yellowstone Park Average Temperature Highs by Season

Spring 30-60 °F
Summer 70-80 °F
Fall 30-60 °F
Winter 0-20 °F

Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
What to Pack

Your Favorite Water Bottle

A reusable water bottle helps keep the National Parks pristine and clean. The rule is: Pack it in? Pack it out!

Bison in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
What to Pack

Camera with a Zoom Lens

A camera with a good zoom means you can see and take great pics of anything, even from a distance.

Geyser at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
What to Pack

Smart Shoes

A comfy and sturdy pair of boots or sneakers to explore the spectacular landscapes and trails.

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What to Pack

Day Bag

A smaller backpack, messenger bag, or even fanny pack to hold just the essentials. Make sure your water bottle fits!

Hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
What to Pack

Clothing You Can Layer

Prepare for anything with layers - you might be on top of a mountain pass one day and in full, summer sun the next.