When we went into Yellowstone and Teton National Parks it was the most crowded we have ever seen. We have been going to the park for about 35 years and we have never seen so many people and cars. At the entrances we had to wait in 30 minute lines to enter the park. There was also a fair amount of road construction inside the park that led to long waits and one way traffic lines.
We also saw very little wild life. This buffalo was the closest animal that we saw. We saw a couple of herds of buffalo in the far distance but they were microscopic and not even worth a photograph.
We went with our dear friends Bob and Barbara who hadn’t seen the entire park. They had only been to Old Faithful. They soon realized how massive the park really is. What great insight Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United State had to set aside this pristine nature preserve for all to enjoy. The park was organized on March 1, 1872 by the American Congress.
AN ACT to set apart a certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River as a public park. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming … is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people; and all persons who shall locate, or settle upon, or occupy the same or any part thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall be considered trespassers and removed there from …
Approved March 1, 1872.
The quote below was one I recored from the Visitor Center at the Teton National Park:
Jackson Hole is not merely a sky-piercing range of mountains. It is a country with a spirit.
Olaus Johan Murie (March 1, 1889 – October 21, 1963, called the “father of modern elk management”, was a naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist who did groundbreaking field research on a variety of large northern mammals. Rather than conducting empirical experiments, Murie practiced a more observational based science.
The Park is mostly situated in Wyoming but also includes Idaho and Montana.