It has been heck of a year for Yellowstone National Park, to say the least! Earlier this year Yellowstone celebrated it's 150th anniversary, that was some good news. Then came June and the floods as the park's tourist season was just getting under way. The park had to close down and nobody knew for how long. It was a major blow for the park. Not just financially because of the tourist dollars, but homes were lost in the flooding and roads were washed out. When the park opened they had fewer tourists than they have in the past. Even with the fewer tourists it still didn't stop some of them from doing stupid things, like getting too close the wildlife and not staying on the trails and walkways. There was also some tragedy in the park this year.

Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming, USA
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As Yellowstone has started the rebuild to get it back to it's former glory, they are still dealing with the fallout from this last spring and summer destruction. But there is some good news. Travel + Leisure's 2022 World's Best Awards survey rated Yellowstone the number one National Park in the U.S. by their readers. The survey rated the park's natural attraction, activities, lodging, wildlife, accessibility, and cleanliness. Yellowstone beat out other national parks for the top spot, including our very own Glacier National Park. How lucky are we that we have two amazing National Parks in our state?

Yellowstone has some amazing wildlife, but also some very dangerous wildlife too here's a reminder of some the animals that you should avoid trying to take a selfie with if you ever visit our award winning National Park. Hopefully Yellowstone will be able rebound over the next couple years as they rebuild and getting voted the best in the U.S. is a good start.

Yellowstone National Park Rebuilds After Historic Flooding

After catastrophic flooding damaged portions of Yellowstone National Park in June of 2022, major reconstruction was necessary to make the park passable again. The following are photos of the improvement projects at Old Gardiner Road and the Northeast Entrance Road. All photos are courtesy of the National Park Service, photographer Jacob W. Frank.

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