Yellowstone National Park

Yosemite's Rim Fire, Yellowstone's Summer Of '88, And Climate Change

As the Rim Fire continues to advance across the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, challenging firefighters and alarming onlookers, it's hard not to recall perhaps the worst fire season ever to strike a national park, that of the dry, hot, and smoky summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro's DryZone Camera Bags

Water in a national park, whether you're encountering the white-water variety, or a relatively smooth lake, or even pools of water while canyoneering, can wreak havoc on cameras and other electrical equipment. They need protection.

Bison Numbers Increase Slightly In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's bison herd is healthy and productive, so much so that it's approaching the peak estimate of 5,000 animals made back in 2005.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Flex 4 Cooking System

In need of a good, lightweight cooking set that will help you feed a group of four? Check out MSR's Flex F System, which offers two pots and four plates and cups in a tidy package.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Ally Canoe, A Packable Option For Paddlers

Nimble and responsive, the Ally was firm, if not entirely rigid, as we paddled into the swells on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. This Norwegian curiosity was no slouch on the lake, and even handier on the Lewis River Channel.

Yellowstone National Park Fisheries Experts Working To Restore Native Fishes In Grayling Creek

Once upon a time, there were enough Arctic grayling in a creek on the western border of Yellowstone National Park that the stream was named for them, Grayling Creek. In the not too distant future, that creek might once again harbor Arctic grayling, as well as native westlope cutthroat trout, under a plan being implemented by park fisheries experts.

Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan Meets With Tempered Approval

Yellowstone National Park's latest winter-use management plan has drawn measured approval from two groups that had been concerned that its draft version was too weak to adequately protect the park's resources.

Exploring The Parks: Yellowstone National Park By Canoe

Ahab had his white whale, Moby-Dick, which drove him to his death. I had the Common Loon, a fish-loving, deep-diving waterfowl that mocked me with its tremolo call as I stood on the shore of Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Wildfires In Yellowstone National Park Being Managed As The "Druid Complex"

More than 200 firefighters on Thursday were battling five wildfires in Yellowstone National Park that covered more than 11,000 acres in total, and received some help from cooler, wetter weather.

Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan Gains Approval

Yellowstone National Park's winter-use management plan, which has been criticized for being too weak in defending the park's resources from impacts, was approved today by the National Park Service's Intermountain regional director.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Atlas 8 From Precision Travel Werx

In these days of high gasoline prices and smaller vehicles, sometimes getting all your gear to the trailhead can be a chore and require creativity. Fortunately, for those of us who struggle with cramming all our gear and luggage into our rigs, there's the Atlas 8 from Precision Travel Werx.

Grand Loop Road In Yellowstone National Park Completely Open

Though the Alum Fire continues to burn out of control in Yellowstone National Park, officials are confident visitors can travel past it on the Grand Loop Road and have reopened a stretch that was closed due to the fire.

A View From The Overlook: The Yellowstone Ranger Museum, Take Two

In the last issue of the View From the Overlook, P.J. Ryan, retired park ranger, described his experiences as a volunteer docent at the Yellowstone Ranger Museum. He continues his observations in this issue of The View

UPDATED: Wildfire Forces Temporary Closure Of 7.5-Mile Stretch Of Grand Loop Road In Yellowstone National Park

A 7.5-mile stretch of the Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park was closed indefinitely Tuesday due to growth of the Alum Fire burning near Mud Volcano, park officials said.

Wildfires Growing At Yellowstone National Park, Threatening Sections Of Grand Loop Road

Hot, dry conditions are feeding wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, some of which have grown by thousands of acres in just two days and were threatening a section of the Grand Loop Road on Monday.

Yellowstone National Park Vehicles Will Continue To Roll On Michelin Tires

Michelin North America, Inc., which has donated more than 1,400 tires to Yellowstone National Park over the past five years, has agreed to continue the practice through an arrangement with the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Five Days Off The Grid In Yellowstone National Park

Shoshone Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Five days paddling around Shoshone Lake in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Warm, mostly sunny, days and cool nights with occasional passing showers. No bugs of any significance. It was, as you might assume, sublime. Best of all, it was time spent with my two sons and an old friend, untethered from the grid.

Yellowstone National Park Hikers Injured During Grizzly Encounter

Two Yellowstone National Park hikers sustained relatively minor injuries when they encountered a sow grizzly and her cub on a trail southwest of Canyon Village.
A Field Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks How many times have you found yourself in a national park gazing at an animal track, a tree, or perhaps just an insect, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Well, if your plans are taking you to Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks, you might want to pick up a copy of A Field Guide To Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Parks.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

A View From The Overlook: A Few Days In Yellowstone

You owe it to yourself to spend a few days working with Harry Yount in Yellowstone National Park.

PEER: National Park Service At Fault As Visitors Leave A Lot Of Roadkill In Their Wake

A review of wildlife lost to vehicle collisions in three iconic national parks shows the National Park Service is struggling, and sometimes failing, to reverse the trend, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

First Phase Of Lake Yellowstone Hotel Restoration Completed In Yellowstone National Park

One of the most elegant hotels in the National Park System, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, has received a $10 million+ facelift, one that has addressed structural needs, room renovations, and added some suites.

Birding In The National Parks: What Bird 'Sparked' Your Interest In Birding?

This week marks a bittersweet fifth anniversary of the last time I visited Yellowstone National Park. I’d love to have gone back by now, but life has conspired to keep me out of the northern Rockies.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hitting The Trail With Lowepro's Rover Pro 45L

Lowepro camera backpacks are my gateway to freedom and getting off of the busy roads of Yellowstone, into the backcountry.

Yellowstone National Park Gets OK For Cell Tower At Fishing Bridge/Lake Village Area

Cellphone users will applaud, while those who hope to avoid others' conversations might cringe, but Yellowstone National Park officials have received approval to let Verizon Wireless erect a cell tower to serve the Fishing Bridge and Lake Village areas of the park.

How Big A Difference Is There Between Professional And "Recreational" Bike Events In National Parks When It Comes To Impacts?

When it comes to cycling events in national parks, how heavily should the National Park Service weigh whether an event is a professional race when deciding if it's a worthwhile event, and what other factors should it take into consideration?

Photography In The National Parks: Yellowstone's Famous Bison Jams

It is July in Yellowstone. At the height of tourist season it is hot and dry and traffic is moving slow throughout the park, as visitors take their time meandering the roads, hoping to see a bear or a wolf along the way and hitting the brakes if they do spot some wildlife.

Exploring National Parks Through The Lens Of Steven Bumgardner

Intricate details of Yosemite National Park -- the seasonal run of frazil ice, moonbows, and "neon red asparagus" -- all have fallen before the lens of Steven Bumgardner. How did he get his start capturing the essence of Yosemite, and what's next on his schedule? Traveler did a quick Q&A with Steven to learn the answers to those and other questions.
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