Yellowstone National Park

More Roads In Yellowstone National Park To Open Friday

More wheeled access will be possible in Yellowstone National Park this Friday -- barring a major snowstorm -- as the routes from Mammoth Hot Springs and West Yellowstone, Montana, to Old Faithful are scheduled to open.

Annual Gray Wolf Report For Northern Rockies Shows Slight Decrease In Overall Population, Increase In Packs

Wolf numbers in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington and Oregon at the end of 2012 showed only a slight decrease from a year earlier, though the number of packs increased, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Yellowstone National Park's Preferred Winter-Use Plan Open For Public Comment

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park that is crafted around "transportation events" and which could allow more than twice as many snowmobiles into the park on a given day than has been experienced in recent years is open for public comment.

Yes, The Sequestration Has Hit The National Parks. But They're Still Open And Still Spectacular!

Yes, our national parks are grappling with the loss of millions of dollars due to the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to treat the country's ailing fiscal condition, but they're still open, and still spectacular places to explore.

Bicyclists Have Freedom To Ride In Yellowstone National Park

If you're looking for an incredible bike ride in the national parks, head to Yellowstone National Park now, when you can pedal between West Yellowstone, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs without sharing the road with private vehicles.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Looking To Improve Visitors' Experience In "Cascade Corner"

"Cascade corner," which draws its name from the many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park's southwest corner, long has been a rather overlooked area of the park. But with more and more visitors taking notice and heading there, park officials are looking into ways to improve their visits.

Watercolors From Yellowstone National Park To Benefit Greater Yellowstone Coalition

While photographs are a great way to remember a national park vacation, artworks are equally as memorable and wonderful to collect. If Yellowstone National Park is your favorite park, you might consider picking up one of Marsha Karle's watercolors...and benefit the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the process.

Can You Name The Most-Visited Units Of The National Park System From 2012?

Acadia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite are some of the most adored units of the National Park System, but they don't show up in the top 10 list of most-visited parks during 2012. They're quite a ways from the top 10, actually.

Communities Chip In To Help Yellowstone Open On Time

An outpouring of community support from gateway towns is helping Yellowstone National Park open for the spring on schedule, as opposed to several weeks later as officials thought they'd have to do under budget cuts.

Photographer Planning To Document Crumbling Side Of National Parks

Pretty pictures of national park vistas are commonplace. But how would you react to a photo that showed the crumbling side of the parks?

Photography In The National Parks: A Winter Watching Wolves In Yellowstone National Park

I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack. -- Jodi Picoult

Traveler's View: Congress, National Park Service Need To Restructure Fees For Centennial Celebration

"Mountaineers are always free" is West Virginia's state motto, but that sentiment is getting harder and harder to find in the National Park System, where an imbalance in fee structures charges you for sleeping on the bare ground but not for burning gas as you negotiate the 11-mile loop of Cades Cove.

Monitoring The Signals Of Climate Change In Rocky Mountain National Parks

Signals of climate change seem to be more and more frequent in some parts of the country. In the Rocky Mountains, snowfall patterns are changing, temperatures are warming, bird behavior is alternating.

Frank Jay Haynes, A Photography Pioneer In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park was a wild and remote place in the late 1800s, and in winter it beckoned only the heartiest, most adventurous souls. Renowned photographer Frank Jay Haynes was certainly one of those adventuresome explorers.

Sequestration Cuts Push Back Yellowstone National Park's Spring Opening

Yellowstone National Park's spring opening will be pushed back one to two weeks as the park searches for ways to meet budget cuts mandated by the sequestration ordered by President Obama and Congress.

Sharing The Wonders Of National Parks

Two weeks in Mount Rainier National Park left Russ Aquilar dirty, tired, and sore. But it also left him with a life-changing decision, to share the natural world with others.

Teaching Park Politics In Yellowstone National Park

When I tell people that I teach a summer course on the politics of Yellowstone, I always brace myself for the next question. “What politics can there be in a national park?” Plenty, as it turns out.

Traveler's Gear Box: Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoes

It must be tough to be a snowshoe manufacturer. Since most recreational shoes moved away from wooden frames to aluminum ones, their lifespan went up incredibly. But that doesn't mean it might not be time for you to upgrade to one of the latest models.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Struggles With Need To Use Explosives For Over-Snow Access

At Glacier National Park, exactly when in summer the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be open end-to-end is hard to predict, due to the heavy snows that fall along the Continental Divide there. In Yellowstone National Park, a schedule determines when the road over Sylvan Pass will open, and park crews try to adhere to it with artillery rounds.

Yellowstone National Park's Concessions Contract Awarded to Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been selected to operate the majority of the concession business in Yellowstone National Park during the next 20 years.

Interior Secretary, National Park Service Director Lament Looming Budget Cuts

Fewer rangers for search-and-rescue missions, closed campgrounds, and possibly more devastating forest fires are facing the National Park Service as a result of the looming budget fiasco, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said Monday.

Yellowstone National Park 'Crowdsources' Visitor Photos To Help Study Wolf Disease, Dynamics

The next time you visit Yellowstone National Park and manage to snap a great wolf photo, you could also be helping researchers as they monitor everything from infectious diseases to breeding habits among the elusive animals.

Windows On Nature: The Ten Best National Park Webcam Sites In America

Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.

Updated: Yellowstone National Park Winter-Use Plan Favors "Transportation Events" For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park revolves around "transportation events" to control the daily numbers of snowcoaches and snowmobiles negotiating the park's roads.

Visitor Access To Yellowstone, Cape Cod, Grand Canyon, Other National Parks Could Be Limited By Looming Sequestration

Failure by Congress to avert a sweeping budget cut across all government agencies stands to will cut your views of the Grand Canyon, limit your access to Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches, and delay the opening of Yellowstone National Park this spring.

Yellowstone Association Offering Full-Tuition Scholarships For Teachers To Attend Field Seminars

Teachers interested in field programs in Yellowstone National Park are being encouraged to apply for full-tuition scholarships to attend Yellowstone Association seminars.

Reader Participation Day: Will Expanded Wi-Fi Enhance The National Park Experience?

Will expanded wireless service for cellphones and the Internet enhance your national park experience, or will it clutter it with a technological Disneyification of the parks, one that will detract from, not add to, the national park experience?

Yellowstone National Park Plans To Boost Campground Fees 30 Percent

It likely will be a bit pricier to pitch your tent in the front-country of Yellowstone National Park this summer, as park officials are proposing to boost nightly fees by 30 percent at campgrounds they operate as of May 1.

Wolverine Proposed For Listing As A Threatened Species, Could Affect Yellowstone Winter Use

Yellowstone National Park officials are monitoring the proposed listing of the wolverine as a threatened species, and will determine whether they need to reconsider snow travel over Sylvan Pass if the listing becomes formal.

Updated: National Park Concessionaires Want Expanded Cellphone, Internet Service In The Parks

Calling spotty, and in many places non-existent, cellphone and Internet service in the National Park System a possible "irritant that adversely shapes memories of a park visit," the National Park Hospitality Association is pushing the National Park Service to greatly expand the service across the system.
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