Today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. What better way to celebrate than with a photo of one of the park system’s most iconic landmarks. Yellowstone National Park is the first National Park. Its name is from the river that cuts its way through the land of the yellow rock. Today, Yellowstone is more often known for its geysers, but this is where it got its name.
This is the Lower Yellowstone Falls, which plunges a staggering 308′ into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It is almost twice as high as Niagra Falls. Want a better idea of the scale? Take a really close look at the top right side of the falls. See the little orange and white dots? Those are people standing at the railing above the falls.
Yellowstone and many other National Parks were dedicated as such long before the National Park Service even existed. The parks were operated by the Department of the Interior, but I believe that unlike most government bureaucracies this separation into an independent department has been a good thing. It allows for more dedication and intentionality in the way the land and wildlife are preserved in their natural state.