Yellowstone National Park

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.

Researchers To Begin 37th Year of Grizzly Bear Research in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly bear studies in Yellowstone National Park will become a bit more intense in the coming weeks as wildlife biologists head into the backcountry to trap bears and gather data.

Work Nearly Finished On New Road Through Gibbon Canyon In Yellowstone National Park

It's been a long time coming, but the end of the roadwork finally is in sight for a key stretch through Yellowstone National Park.

Need to Cull Elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park Points To Larger Problem Across National Park System

After much debate, discussion, and consideration, elk culling operations are scheduled to get under way in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in November, when the first of 240 volunteers will be guided into the park's South Unit with instructions to kill as many cow elk as they can.

Updated: NPCA Names Dirk Kempthorne to Its Board of Trustees

Former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association, a somewhat curious, and likely controversial, move in light of his oversight of the national parks.

Bears Lost Ironic Advocate in Jim Cole

Jim Cole has been on my mind again. The photo you see here is one I took not long ago a few steps from my computer keyboard. 2010 was to be Cole’s big summer for reaching a wider audience.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Turning to 240 Volunteers To Help Reduce Elk Herd

Facing too little habitat and too few predators, elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this fall will be targeted by a three-month-long culling operation that could bring 240 volunteers into the park's South Unit to shoot elk located by radio collar.

Here's a Yellowstone Bear Story: Grizzly Sow Has Quads!

It's not unusual for grizzly bear sows to give birth to two cubs, and on occasion three, but when was the last time you heard of a sow having quadruplets? Well, it happened in Yellowstone National Park this year.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Population Pegged at 3,900

Whether it was an easy spring, fewer wolves preying on them, or simply a good year, the bison herds in Yellowstone National Park have grown by about one-third since winter, according to park officials.

Two Bears -- A Grizzly and a Black Bear -- Found Dead in Yellowstone National Park

Two more bears have been lost in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, one to an apparent car collision and another to undetermined causes, according to Yellowstone National Park officials.

Experts Have No Idea Why Grizzly Bears Rampaged Through Yellowstone Area Campground, Killing One

Wildlife experts have no solid explanation for why a grizzly sow and her three cubs rampaged through a campground outside Yellowstone National Park late last month, attacking two campers before killing and partially consuming a third.

Yellowstone National Park's New Old Faithful Visitor Center to Open August 25

After two years of construction, the Old Faithful complex in Yellowstone National Park will once again have a permanent visitor center, one that offers glimpses into the park's geothermal engine.

Pocket Guides Help Explain The Nature You See in National Parks

A series of inexpensive folding pocket guides can help you easily identify some of the nature you see in national parks.
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