National Park Week – Profiling Yellowstone National Park
Of the 3.5 million people that go to Yellowstone every year, not many know it but while there, they are actually standing in the caldera of an enormous volcano.
Yellowstone’s beautiful geysers and hot pots are fueled by deep underground thermal activity. For hundreds of thousands of years Yellowstone has lay silent, but go back further in time and you will find that it has erupted several times. Ash from these eruptions has been found the world over and at least one of these eruptions affected the climate enough to cause a global winter that lasted for 3-4 years!
In 1988, an outbreak of forest fires swept through Yellowstone. Over the course of about 2 months they grew together and consumed 793,000 acres (1,239 sq miles or 36%) of Yellowstone’s forests. While devastating at the time, natural fires are actually healthy for a forest’s ecosystem from time to time. After 24 years and still young, the lodgepole pine forests are growing thick and tall again.
Did you know:
- Yellowstone was the first area of land to ever receive national park status in the world (1872)
- The park covers 3,472 square miles, or 2.2 million acres
- The park overlaps 3 states: Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%), Idaho (1%)
- 67 species of mammals live in the park including buffalo, elk, moose, deer, black and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bobcats, coyotes, lynx, mountain lion, and gray wolf… to name a few.
- It is an active super volcano (only 30 in the world, it is the only one on land)
- Volcano caldera circumference is 45 by 30 miles.
- 10,000 hydrothermal features (geysers, hot pots, etc.)
- More that 300 geysers
- Approx. 400 waterfalls, 15 ft. or higher, flowing year-round
National Park Week April 21st – April 29th
Free admission to national parks is available through the 29th for National Park Week. You can also enter to win a commemorative Camp Chef National Park Package!
To celebrate National Park Week and the coming camping season, we’re having a contest that ends April 29th. Three lucky winners will each receive a great cast iron set that pays homage to our country’s great National Park heritage.
The commemorative Camp Chef National Park Package includes a 12” Dutch Oven(Yellowstone), 12” Skillet (Arches) and lid, 14” Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, 5” Personal Dutch Oven (National Park Service), Camp Chef’s Cast Iron Conditioner, Pan Scrapers (National Park Service), and Hot Pad.
Join the contest to win! Thru April 29th visit our facebook page where you will find links to enter the sweepstakes. We will contact the winners via email, so once you clicked to enter fill out your name, email address, and tell us what your favorite national park is. That’s all you’ve gotta do, it’s that simple! On April 30th, three winners will be selected at random and contacted by email.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/ for more details about National Parks Week.
* Photos courtesy of wikipedia