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03/01/2016 02:03 pm ET Updated Mar 01, 2016

Gorgeous Photos Show Yellowstone Only Gets Better With Age

The national park turns 144 today.
Castle Geyser erupts at Yellowstone National Park.
Kristi Staebler/Sharetheexperience.org
Castle Geyser erupts at Yellowstone National Park.

On March 1, 1872 President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, making Yellowstone the first national park and ensuring its 3,500 square miles of land were protected for future generations. 

The photos below show the awe-inspiring beauty of Yellowstone, courtesy of the National Park Service and its photographic community, ShareTheExperience.org. For more amazing images of our national parks, follow the U.S. Department of the Interior on Instagram.

  • Grand Prismatic Spring at Midway Geyser Basin paints an incredible picture in vibrant blues, yellows and oranges.
    Natalia Ornia/Sharetheexperience.org
    Grand Prismatic Spring at Midway Geyser Basin paints an incredible picture in vibrant blues, yellows and oranges.
  • A red fox leaping for its dinner at Yellowstone National Park.
    Gerald Wilders/Sharetheexperience.org
    A red fox leaping for its dinner at Yellowstone National Park.
  • A view of Lower Falls and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point.
    Diane Renkin/National Park Service
    A view of Lower Falls and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point.
  • A pika at Yellowstone.
    Jon LeVasseur/ShareTheExperience.org
    A pika at Yellowstone.
  • Old Faithful erupts at Yellowstone National Park.
    Jim Peaco/National Park Service
    Old Faithful erupts at Yellowstone National Park.
  • A different kind of traffic jam at Yellowstone National Park.
    Daniel Kleiman/Sharetheexperience.org
    A different kind of traffic jam at Yellowstone National Park.
  • Sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs.
    Neal Herbert/National Park Service
    Sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs.
  • Manish Mamtani/Sharetheexperience.org
  • A mother bison and calf at Yellowstone National Park.
    Diana LeVasseur/Sharetheexperience.org
    A mother bison and calf at Yellowstone National Park.
  • Morning Glory Pool at Yellowstone.
    Kyle Rehn/Sharetheexperience.org
    Morning Glory Pool at Yellowstone.
  • Kristin Castenchiod/Sharetheexperience.org
  • Grotto Geyser at Yellowstone National Park.
    Neal Herbert/National Park service
    Grotto Geyser at Yellowstone National Park.
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