Yellowstone National Park

August 28 - 30, 2006

American Bison
American Bison
Bison (also known as buffalo) have lived continuously in the Yellowstone region since prehistoric times. Once numbering in the millions, their population dwindled to near extinction by the early 1900's due to overhunting. Conservation efforts have brought the population back to about 4,000 today. They are the largest mammals in Yellowstone National Park, weighing upwards of 1,800 pounds.
Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River
Known as the Queen of the Northern Rockies, the 700-mile Yellowstone River begins its journey in the Bridger-Teton Wilderness and flows north into Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone Falls


Yellowstone Falls
After leaving Lake Yellowstone and travelling north, Yellowstone River plunges over two waterfalls before entering the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The lower falls, at 308 feet, are nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. This view of the lower falls was taken from a spot known as Artist Point.
Yellowstone Falls

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone


The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is up to 900 feet deep and half a mile wide. Formed by erosion about 600,000 years ago, it continues to be shaped by the Yellowstone River which flows through it today.