27. Yellowstone National Park
A national park is a large piece of
land. In the park animals are free to come and go. Trees and plants grow
everywhere. People go to a national park to enjoy nature. Many people stay in
campgrounds in national parks. They sleep in tents and cook their food over
campfires. They also walk on trails or paths in the parks. On a gate at the
entrance of Yellowstone, a sign says, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of
Yellowstone is the world's oldest
national park. It became a national park in 1872. It is also the world's
largest park. It covers parts of the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Yellowstone is two-and-a-half times the size of the smallest state, Rhode
Yellowstone is famous for its geysers.
These holes in the ground shoot hot water into the air. There are about seventy
geysers in the park. The most famous is Old Faithful. About every hour Old
Faithful shoots hot water hundreds of feet into the air.
Two-and-a-half million people visit
this beautiful park each year. Park rangers give information to visitors. They
also take care of the park. They tell visitors not to pick the flowers. They
also tell them not to feed or hunt the animals.