Historically, the origin of Yellowstone's name has been attributed to the Native Americans who had lived in the area. Basically, the name comes from the Yellowstone River, which in turn gets its name from the yellow colored rocky cliffs located on its banks in the northern region of the park. The Minnetaree tribe used to call the river 'Mi tsi a da zi', meaning 'Rock Yellow River'. This was translated to 'Yellow Rock' or 'Yellow Stone' by French fur trappers. This is how Yellowstone got its name.
Facts about the Yellowstone National Park
~Mammoth Hot Springs, located in the northern part of the park is one of the most interesting areas of the park. Here, water mixed with bicarbonate and calcium comes to the surface, where carbon dioxide is released, while the carbonate that remains combines with calcium, forming travertine, which forms into unusual formations and shapes.
~The Absaroka Range has the highest mountains in the Yellowstone National Park, which is located in the southwestern part of the park. The Eagle Peak, standing at 11,372 feet, is the highest in this range.
~The Reese creek is considered as the lowest point and has the height of about 5,282 feet.
~Yellowstone also has a number of historic buildings like the Old Faithful Inn, around which there are shops, restaurants, and other visitor facilities. The remains of Fort Yellowstone are located in the Mammoth Hot Springs area.
~Mention Yellowstone National Park, and the buffalo is the animal that comes to mind first. In North America, it is the largest extant land animal. It can be found munching grass peacefully all across the park, either by itself or in herds. Some of the other animals found here are moose and elk.
With its diverse variety of attractions, the Yellowstone National Park is indeed a unique and wonderful spot on the planet.