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Yellowstone National Park

U zult zich uw vakantie in Yellowstone National Park nog lang herinneren. Vind informatie over Fantastische routes en Attracties in onze Reisgids, waar ook ruimte is voor uw eigen inhoud over dit beschermde gebied! Gebruik de Routeplanner om uw top natuurvriendelijke ervaringen te publiceren, zodat ze hier verschijnen.

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For several centuries, Yellowstone's Indian peoples lived isolated from the rest of the country - access to the center of today's national park was not always as easy as it is today. The indigenous tribes have long appreciated Yellowstone and use the resources for themselves; hunting, fishing and creating tools from the obsidian rock. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that they succeeded in accessing further into the area. The white population recognized the value of the area and, in the course of the gold rush, began to search for noble resources themselves. After several failed expeditions, the press finally became aware of the Yellowstone area and general interest increased abruptly. In 1872, the first National Park in the US was finally established.

The Yellowstone volcano and its colorful pools

The colorful hot springs are the absolute highlight of the park - this fascinating phenomenon attracts thousands of visitors every year. The thermal springs, which are of volcanic origin, are home to various thermophilic bacteria and algae, which feel particularly good there and react with the pH value in the hot water, causing them to shine in a spectrum of colors.

Science is also highly interested in the so-called thermophilic bacteria. NASA, for example, is investigating the phenomenon in Yellowstone to study and simulate the living conditions on other planets. The microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park have also played a role in the medical field - and not all species of these tiny creatures have even been researched yet. Who knows what they can do to help us in the future.

To experience the colorful springs at close range and learn more, the park authorities have made the area widely accessible. Wooden walkways make it easy to explore Yellowstone National Park on foot - an ideal hiking trip for the whole family.

Home to many - Nature conservation in Yellowstone National Park

Admittedly, the flora and fauna away from the geysers and springs are only in second place when it comes to the highlights of the park. Wrongly so, because in the forests and mountains life is in full bloom. Lynxes, coyotes, badgers, foxes, wolves, bears, bison, ... the list could go on endlessly. The diversity of creatures speaks for the special nature of Yellowstone National Park.

On extensive hiking and biking tours, you can discover the wildlife paradise. But always keep to the rules at all times - for your own protection and that of nature. For Yellowstone to continue to provide such a wonderful home for flora and fauna, the area must be protected. Do your part by learning about it and leaving as few traces as possible when you visit.

Bull Elk in Yellowstone National Park.
Foto: Harrison Hargrave, CC0, Unsplash.com

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