April 22

National Parks Week – Yellowstone National Park


Today we celebrate the very first U.S. National Park: Yellowstone!

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] The Yellowstone Figure 8 [/nzs_heading]
yellowstone 8.3I’m convinced you could spend an entire summer in Yellowstone and still not see everything. Sure there is all the stuff on the Grand Loop that you can see, but then there are miles of nature just waiting to be discovered. These are often the best places to see because not many people take the time to visit!

Yellowstone is conveniently shaped like a figure 8. We’ve broken it up into 4 quadrants featuring some of our favorite places to visit. You can read up on each quadrant on the following blog posts:
Quadrant 1
Quadrant 2
Quadrant 3
Quadrant 4

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] The Yellowstone Half Marathon [/nzs_heading]
We’re so excited about the inaugural Yellowstone Half Marathon this June! There are still about 150 spots available, so spread the word. We’d hate for anyone to miss out on what is certain to be an incredible race! Register here.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Some History [/nzs_heading]

Yellowstone National Park was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone is widely held to be the first national park in the world- for sure it’s the first one in the U.S. It’s home to some of the oldest hiking trails in the country, including Uncle Tom’s Trail.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Old Faithful [/nzs_heading]

yellow202We can’t do a post celebrating Yellowstone without some mention of Old Faithful, can we? This famous geyser was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It erupts almost every 91 minutes. You can see a live webcam of this attraction here.


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