Explore Current Geologic Activity in this Mystery National Park

National parks are great for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and family vacations but some of these amazing parks also offer a glimpse into geologic activity. This week's mystery destination is a national park that is still very much a center of hydrothermal activity. Do you think you know what park we are talking about? Take a look at the photos then read the five clues below. If you know the name of the mystery destination, enter it in the comments below.

Mystery National Park

  • This national park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.

  • The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after the volcano erupted. Near the volcano the road reaches an elevation of 8512 feet, making it the highest road in this mountain range.

  • John Muir visited this area and wrote the following about his experience: "Miles of its flanks are reeking and bubbling with hot springs, many of them so boisterous and sulphurous they seem ever ready to become spouting geysers..."

  • Although the park is primarily known for its volcanic geology, the park boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Over 700 flowering plant species grace the park, providing shelter and food for 250 vertebrates as well as a host of invertebrates.

  • With relatively high elevations and high amounts of precipitation, parts of this park receive the most snowfall in this state. This park is popular for hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, star gazing and exploring hydrothermal activity.

Do you know this mystery national park's name? Enter it in the comments below then forward this to a friend to see if they know the answer. Have you visited this park before? When was the last time you were there?

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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