The Parker family has resided in the Yellowstone area since the 1940’s. As a young girl Marilyn rode the train daily from Idaho to Yellowstone to get to work and Jig worked on the ‘Yellowstone’ railroad during the summer. The ‘Yellowstone Parker’s are an integral part of the history of the early Yellowstone era. West Yellowstone has been their home for the past 60 years and their roots are in the heart of Yellowstone Nation Park. Marilyn and Jig Parker are your hosts for enjoyable lodging while visiting Americas first National Park.
Long before any recorded human history in Yellowstone, a massive volcanic eruption spewed an immense volume of ash that covered all of the western U.S., much of the Midwest, northern Mexico and some areas of the eastern Pacific. The eruption dwarfed that of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and left a caldera 30 miles wide by 45 miles long.
Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), were native to Yellowstone when the park was established in 1872. Predator control was practiced here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Most tourists to Yellowstone do not realize it, but they are standing atop the largest, most destructive type of volcano on Earth. Beneath the Yellowstone region lies the largest active magmatic (molten rock) system in North America. Yellowstone’s volcanism is responsible for the world’s largest, most diverse collection of spectacular geysers, natural hot springs, mud pots, and steam vents.