If you've ever had the opportunity to travel within the boundaries of the world's first designated national park, then you know what a special place it is. I have some very fond memories from my trips to Yellowstone National Park.

I first visited Yellowstone National Park in February of 2013. I took my daughter on a snowmobile trip my wife's family had planned, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We spent a couple of nights at a lodge in West Yellowstone, and explored the park during the day.

A group of about a dozen of us gathered at an area business that specialized in guided park visits. It was a bone-chilling morning as I recall, and for about the next four hours we tore through the powder across an ancient park caldera that formed from a catastrophic volcanic eruption thousands of years prior. I had never seen so much wildlife in such a short amount of time in my life.

The park was founded on March 1, 1872, with the help of President Ulysses S. Grant. That means Yellowstone National Park will officially turn 150-years-old in just a couple of weeks. There are a number of planned activities and events taking place at the park in the coming weeks to commemorate the grand occasion.

If you've never been, I highly recommend you go. Prior to visiting Yellowstone National Park, I used to spend a great deal of time in Yosemite. Yellowstone quickly became my preferred wilderness destination shortly after my 2013 trip. I'm hoping to get back soon, and taking part in its 150th-anniversary celebration would indeed be an honor.

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