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Yellowstone NP celebrates its 151st anniversary


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Yellowstone NP

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Yellowstone National Park, which celebrated its 151st anniversary earlier this week, is widely considered to be the first national park in the world.

Yellowstone National Park

  • It is a large protected area located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho.
  • It was established in 1872 and is widely considered to be the first national park in the world.
  • It spans an area of over 9,000 sq. km comprising lakes, canyons, rivers, iconic geothermal features such as the Old Faithful geyser, and mountain ranges.

Some key features and attractions of Yellowstone National Park include:

  1. Geothermal features: Yellowstone is famous for its geothermal features, including geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and steam vents. The most famous of these is Old Faithful, a geyser that erupts on a regular schedule.
  2. Wildlife: Yellowstone is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, and moose. Visitors can see these animals in their natural habitats throughout the park.
  3. Scenic drives: The park has several scenic drives, including the Grand Loop Road, which takes visitors to many of the park’s major attractions.
  4. Fishing: The park has many rivers and lakes that offer excellent fishing opportunities, including the Yellowstone River.


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