Yellowstone National Park

Around The Parks: Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, Wolf Watching In Yellowstone

If you're trying to figure out a winter vacation to a national park, here are two ideas: A lavish dinner theater in Yosemite National Park, or a bracing wolf-watching expedition in Yellowstone National Park.

Reader Participation Day: What Parks Lure You In Winter?

Winter is but two months or so away, which prompts the question: Do you plan any winter national park adventures, or do you simply dream about them?

DNA Tests Indicate Yellowstone National Park Elk, Not Bison, Most Likely To Spread Brucellosis

While it's feared that bison in Yellowstone National may spread brucellosis to livestock in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, genetic studies indicate that elk are more likely to spread the disease.

Moving From Fall Towards Winter In the National Parks

The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.

NPCA Offers National Park Phone Apps ... For Free!

Add the National Parks Conservation Association to the number of organizations and developers offering a phone app to help you negotiate the national parks. A big difference here, though, is NPCA is giving its app away for free. Another is its emphasis on park wildlife and nature in general.

Scientists Gather to Discuss Yellowstone’s Future in a Rapidly Changing World

Scientists, public land managers and others will gather in Yellowstone National Park this week to discuss and help shape the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Yellowstone National Park Eclipses Visitation Mark For The Year...Three Months Early

Not only did September's visitation count in Yellowstone National Park set a record, but it also pushed the park's year-to-date visitation to a record high, according to park officials.

Reader Participation Day: Can We Afford to Save All Historic Lodges in National Parks?

Whether you hold a sentimental tie to national park lodgings, or look at them nostalgically, can we afford to hold onto all historic lodge facilities in the National Park System?

Dan Wenk Moving From NPS Headquarters to Yellowstone National Park as Superintendent

Dan Wenk, who started with the National Park Service in 1975 as a landscape architect and rose to be its deputy director for operations, is heading to Yellowstone National Park to succeed Suzanne Lewis as superintendent.

Search Under Way in Yellowstone National Park For Missing Visitor

A search was under way Monday in Yellowstone National Park for a Maryland man whose 2009 Lexus was found abandoned at Craig Pass, park officials said.

Dark Skies in National Parks Make It Easy to Spot the Space Station: Here's How to Look for It

Here's the information you need to see the International Space Station as it arcs across the night sky. A great place to do that is in a national park beyond the reach of urban light pollution and skyline clutter.

National Park Hospitality Association Wants More Lodging In The Parks

There are units of the National Park System, such as Canyonlands, North Cascades, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just to name three, that have little or no lodging within their borders. It's just such a lack of facilities, believes Derrick Crandall, that serves as a drag on visitation to the park system.
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U.S. Geological Survey Taking The Temperature of Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin

Among Yellowstone National Park's various geothermal basins, the Norris Geyser Basin just might be the most colorful, and it's long been accepted that it's the hottest. But how hot is it? The U.S. Geological Survey can tell you, thanks to a network of monitors that is taking the basin's temperature.

Welcome NPCA to Our List of Sponsors, and Welcome Back Yellowstone Vacations!

Here at the Traveler we'd like to welcome the National Parks Conservation Association to our list of sponsors, and welcome back the folks at Yellowstone Vacations for another winter season in the world's first national park.

New Director in National Park Service's Intermountain Region Looking Forward to Challenges

John Wessels finds himself in arguably one of the best jobs in the National Park Service, that as director of the agency's sprawling Intermountain Region, and yet there probably aren't many who envy him at this point.

Antelope Fire in Yellowstone National Park Approaching 4,000 Acres

Back in 1988, the wildfires that were sweeping across Yellowstone National Park largely were doused in early September by an early winter storm. Unfortunately, the current forecast contains no mention of a similar event that might knock down the "Antelope Fire," which is nearly 4,000 acres in size.

Interior Secretary Salazar Issues "Scientific Integrity" Order

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued an order directing the department and all its bureaus, including the National Park Service, to ensure the integrity of science conducted in those agencies. There also is a provision within the order to protect whistle blowers who believe the integrity is lacking.

Commentary: How Do You Prefer National Parks, Utilitarian, or Utopian?

How do you prefer your national parks? Should they be utilitarian destinations, landscapes that serve all comers, whether they're in search of dazzling vistas or motorized recreation, or Utopian, ideals that should be appreciated for what is found within their borders?

Smoky Conditions Close Portion of Grand Loop In Yellowstone National Park

An inversion that was holding smoke from a backcountry fire in Yellowstone National Park close to the ground prompted officials today to extend the closure of a section of the park's Grand Loop Road.

Reader Participation Day: Which Issue Resonates More: Yellowstone Snowmobiles or Cape Hatteras ORVs?

Two of the most contentious issues in the National Park System is the debate over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park and the one over off-road vehicle management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Which is more important to you?

Yellowstone Association Adds More Winter Programs For Your Enjoyment, Edification

Though winter's a good way off for most of the country -- we can't forget last week's snowfall at Glacier National Park -- it might not be a bad time to start planning your winter national park vacation. And the folks at the Yellowstone Association Institute have come up with nine new reasons to look to Yellowstone National Park for that escape.

Got Time For A Fall National Park Visit? These Lodges Have Room

If you've got time to squeeze in a fall visit to a national park, here's some good news: There's quite a bit of lodging available in places such as Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley national parks.

Fall Photo Festival Coming to West Yellowstone

Observation Point, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
It's about that time again. The 8th Annual Fall Photo Festival is scheduled for West Yellowstone, Montana, on September 22, giving you a chance to show off your photography skills.

Another Record Month of Visitation At Yellowstone National Park

Stretch summer out by another month or two and Yellowstone National Park could almost single-handedly push the National Park System to a visitation record for the year.

National Park Quiz 86: Ringer III

Only nine of these ten statements are true. Can you tell which one is not?

Fall Spectacular: The Season of Love For Wildlife In Yellowstone

Wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park takes on a bit of a voyeuristic flavor in the fall, as the park’s famed mega-fauna embark in the pursuit of romance during their annual ruts in an often public spectacle that rivals any of the drama on The Bachelor. Visitors can hear the loud thunderclap of bighorn sheep clashing, the raucous bugling of bull elk, or the deep grunting and bellowing of bison—all performed in pursuit of a mate or mates.

Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks

In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this Fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.

Fall Spectacular: Wetting Your Paddle in the Waters Of Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Though Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are renowned for their hiking opportunities, they also offer expanses of water perfect for wetting a paddle, whether in a canoe or sea kayak. And fall can be a perfect time for paddling, as the temperatures are moderate, bugs are gone, and wildlife are highly visible.

Watch For Hunters Passing Through National Parks This Fall

National park visitors hoping to spot wildlife in the parks this fall might encounter a disturbing sight: hunters toting their kills through the parks.

Are Wolves Effective In Keeping Elk From Overbrowsing Aspen in Yellowstone National Park? Apparently Not

When wolf packs were successfully returned to Yellowstone National Park back in the mid-1990s, they were followed by droves of scientists and researchers keen on learning how the predators might impact the rest of the park's wild kingdom.
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