Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Forces of the Northern Range Self-Guiding Trail
A Special Place
Yellowstone’s northern range is home to a large variety of plants and animals. It is unique – different from other areas in the park. What makes it different?
• Elevations are 5,200 – 7,000 feet – lower than anywhere else in Yellowstone
• Annual precipitation is less than 15 inches – drier than the rest of the park
• Soils formed from many kinds of rock - rhyolitic soils are found elsewhere in Yellowstone
• Winter wind and sun reduce snow depths in this open landscape – winter grazing is easier here
Sagebrush, shrubs, and grasses grow abundantly in these conditions. This habitat is perfect for large grazing animals, whose presence supports a variety of predators.
Welcome to the Trail
Forces of the Northern Range Self-Guiding Trail is a ½-mile accessible loop. Benches along the trail provide a place to rest and enjoy the view. Please preserve the area by staying on the boardwalk.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 57.564′ N, 110° 34.003′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Upper Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wolf Tracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Wildlife Paradise (about 300 feet away); The Forest that Needs Fire (about 400 feet away); Fire – A Fundamental Force (about 500 feet away); Trembling Aspens (about 500 feet away); Seasons of the Range (about 500 feet away); Glacial Boulder (about 600 feet away); What’s Blooming? (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A map of the Northern Range Trail appears on the bottom of the marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.