Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone_steam phase of Steamboat Geyser_credit Neal Herbert
Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park – and the world’s!

(Pictured: Steamboat Geyser)
Yellowstone_descending Uncle Toms Trail before there were stairs
Before the Park Service constructed stairs, visitors climbed Uncle Tom's Trail using ropes and rope ladders to navigate the steep hillsides.

(Photo date: prior to 1905)
yellowstone_Double rainbow and Lower Falls from Uncle Toms Trail_credit Neal Herbert
Even back then, the hike was worth the trip! Here's a view of Yellowstone's Lower Falls from midway down Uncle Tom's Trail, which was named for H.F. "Uncle Tom" Richardson, who led tours of the "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" in the late 1890s.
bison on Rose Creek in Lamar Valley_Neal Herbert 2015
bull elk Blacktail Deer Plateau_Neal Herbert
Yellowstone_grizzly sow and yearling near Daisy Geyser_credit Jim Peaco
mountain goats Sepulcher Mountain_Diane Renkin
Yellowstone's abundant wildlife – from bison to grizzly bears – are as famous as the park's geysers.
hikers on Dailey Creek Trail_credit Jim Peaco 2010
yellowstone hikers_date unknown
Hiking through Yellowstone now (2010) and then (date unknown).
vehicles West Entrance_Jim Peaco July 2015
yellowstone_stuck car 1925
Driving to Yellowstone now (2015) and then (1925).
yellowstone_tourist doing laundry around 1896
yellowstone_tourists and guides 1903
yellowstone_tourists at Wylie Camp around 1912
Campers in the park's early days (1896 and 1903) roughed it compared with tourists staying at a Wylie Camp in 1912, which provided tents outfitted with wood stoves, beds, and blankets and a large dining tent where meals were served on white dishes.