The U.S. national park system covers more than 83 million acres and nearly 400 sites around the country and U.S. territories. Since its establishment, the system has inspired similar programs in nations around the world.
Unfortunatly, our national parks are facing serious challenges with cutbacks in funding. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the system, it's become more important than ever to protect these truly global treasures.
Which of the below was the first official U.S. National Park?
A. Grand Teton National Park
B. Yosemite National Park
C. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
D. Yellowstone National Park
Answer: D. Yellowstone National Park.
From the National Parks Conservation Association: "Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. It was established in 1872. Yellowstone extends through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Within the massive park boundaries, you can find mountains, rivers, lakes, and some of the most concentrated geothermal activity in the world. The park has 60% of the world’s geysers as well as many hot springs and several mud pots. Perhaps the most famous feature of the park is the geyser Old Faithful."