Yellowstone was declared a national park in 1872 and was the first of its kind in the world. The vast area of Yellowstone (most of it is a volcano crater) still stands as a natural wonder. The park has high snow-capped mountains, clear lakes, roaring waterfalls, geysers, deep forests and plenty of wildlife to offer.
We stay in a simple campground in the park, where we meet not only super nice travellers (including a mega-sweet Swiss couple), but also cook veggie burgers on a campfire and go fishing with the wooden rods our boys made themselves. During the day we watch wild animals (even a Grizzly Bear), swim in the cool river and admire the hot springs and geysers in the area. The volcanic area is noticeable at every corner: everywhere it is steaming and bubbling from the earth and the sulfur-egg smell in the air spoils our appetite.
But is Yellowstone really as idyllic as we wish a National Park to be? The park is heavily promoted and its uniqueness attracts around three million visitors a year. A public transport network is non-existing; thousands of vehicles and motor homes drive the over 300 km park roads of Yellowstone. An airport on the edge brings more visitors. Does it make sense to protect a natural area and by doing so attract millions of visitors? We wish dearly that Yellowstone will copy other American National Parks and reduce or prohibit private traffic by offering convenient and reliable, public shuttle buses.