In 1959, Yellowstone National Park experienced a 7.3 earthquake, which was the most powerful earthquake to hit the area since the 1930’s. The strong earthquake occurred on August 17, 1959 at 11:37 pm in southwestern Montana. It caused a huge landslide responsible for 28 fatalities and did $11 million in damage.
The earthquake also blocked the flow of the Madison River, which resulted in the creation of a brand new lake called Quake Lake. Residents as far away as Idaho and Wyoming felt the powerful quake.
The 1959 earthquake damaged roads and some structures in Yellowstone National Park. It also produced new geysers in the northwest section of the park. Many of the existing hot springs became turbid as a result of the earthquake.
Yellowstone National Park is home to a huge variety of plants and wild life. You’ll find grizzly bears, elk, moose, deer, bison, lynx and many smaller animals like beavers.Tourists always enjoy sightings of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Most people have never seen a grizzly bear or an elk up close and personal.
In 1995, the Gray Wolf was reintroduced to the park and the program was so successful that in 2008, the Gray Wolf was removed from the endangered species list. The town of West Yellowstone has a Gray Wolf Museum that is very popular with tourists.
Over the years, the park has experienced serious wild fires, such as the one in 1988 that burned approximately 800,000 acres. This fire caused the park to reevaluate its fire management policies and adopt new and stronger measures that would protect this valuable American natural resource for generations to come.
Old Faithful is one of the best known and most visited attractions. Each year, visitors come from all over the world to view the geyser up close. It is the most reliable thermal feature in the world and erupts approximately every 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than two and a half minutes and 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than two and a half minutes.
Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake provide tourists with some excellent places for fishing, boating or playing on jet skis. Though the summer season is very busy, vacationers also enjoy winter sports like snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
When traveling to Yellowstone National Park you’ll need a great base camp and Yellowstone Holiday is situation right on the banks of Hebgen Lake. From your cozy rustic cabins, you can stroll down to lake’s edge in just moments. Yellowstone Holiday has 24 cozy cabins and 36 spacious RV spots complete with hook-ups.
Yellowstone Holiday has its own marina and boat dock where they rent canoes, boats and kayaks. Outdoor activities at Yellowstone Holiday include volley ball, basketball and horse shoes. There’s an outdoor grilling area with plenty of covered seating for your whole family. If you get tired of playing games and fishing, there’s always Yellowstone National Park just a few minutes down the road. Enjoy your Yellowstone Family Vacation at Yellowstone Holiday this year.