SNA-Mark’s solo adventure, 5 states, 2 national parks, 4 days and 2,348 miles of adventure!
Yellowstone National Park, located primarily in the Northwest corner of Wyoming was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872 making Yellowstone the first national park in the world. Yellowstone is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is most abundant. Yellowstone is also located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a land of pine-clad mountains, broad grassy valleys, mountain streams and crystal blue lakes. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles, comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and its centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world's geothermal features are located in Yellowstone and fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants and wildlife, from Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk that live in the park. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Few places on earth offer so much scenic beauty and scientific interest in one area as Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Teton National Park located in northwestern Wyoming was established in 1929 as a National Park. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. It is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, to which it is connected by the National Park Service-managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Along with surrounding National Forests, these three protected areas constitute the almost 18,000,000-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems in the world. Grand Teton National Park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons. At 13,775 feet, Grand Teton abruptly rises more than 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole, almost 850 feet higher than Mount Owen, the second-highest summit in the range. The park has numerous lakes, including 15-mile-long Jackson Lake as well as streams of varying length and the upper main stem of the Snake River. Though in a state of recession, a dozen small glaciers persist at the higher elevations near the highest peaks in the range. Some of the rocks in the park are the oldest found in any U.S. National Park and have been dated at nearly 2.7 billion years. Grand Teton National Park is an almost pristine ecosystem and the same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found there. More than 1,000 species of vascular plants, dozens of species of mammals, 300 species of birds, more than a dozen fish species and a few species of reptiles and amphibians exist in Grand Teton National Park
Beartooth Pass 10,947 ft, an All-American Road. This 68 mile scenic byway winds its way through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming and leads into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast Entrance. The Beartooth Pass is known as one of the most scenic byways in America. This beautiful pass is named after Beartooth Peak which has the appearance of a bear's tooth and a must ride for true adventure!
National Parks, “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”