NP - Plains and Rockies

Yellowstone NP

The Yellowstone Act of 1872 created the world’s first national park. It withdrew more than 2 million acres from sale, settlement, or occupation to be “dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Unlike Yosemite, the bill put Yellowstone under federal control because ceding it […]

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Badlands NP

The French called this area “les mauvaises terres a traverser” or “bad lands to cross”, which is how Badlands National Park got its name.  This is a land of “peaks, gullies, buttes, and wide prairies”, where temperatures in summer are very hot and in winter can have snow capping the multicolored rock. Badlands is located […]

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