Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. It has many natural wonders that its famous for. The park is full of hot springs, geysers deep canyons,waterfalls, and lakes. Yellowstone is also one of the largest wildlife preserves in the United States. The park is full of many animals big and small such as bears, elk, and bison are some of the animals that roam the park.

Yellowstone is about 1,600 miles away from Menominee, Michigan. It lies in the northwestern corner of Wyoming and spreads into Idaho and Montana. There are five entrances into Yellowstone National Park, two from Wyoming and three from Montana.

Most of the park landscape was formed by volcanoes and glaciers through Millions of years. There is still a large amount of molten rock called magma witch furnishes the heat for the parks hot springs and geysers. Yellowstone has thousands of hot springs and about 200 active geysers.

Yellowstone National Park was first obtained by the Untied States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The government established Yellowstone in 1872. It was named because of the yellow rocks the lie around the Yellowstone River. In Yellowstone's infant years it depended totally on the good will of people. No one was around to enforce rules. As a result, almost every rule was broken. Then in 1919 the cavalry was called in to enforce rules and hunt down poachers. They also built roads and boardwalks for safety.

There are many recreational activities to do in the park such as camping, fishing canoeing, and hiking. Fishing and camping you need a permit for. Hunting and the use of firearms are prohibited There are many different kinds of plant and wildlife in the park. There are more than 275 species of birds...

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