Yellowstone National Park

Forest Service Open to Allowing Mountain Bikes on Continental Divide Trail, But What About Park Service?

Along its 3,100 miles that wind from the Canadian border down to Mexico, the Continental Divide Trail is one of the most rugged, and in parts one of the most visually spectacular, hiking trails in the country. Now the U.S. Forest Service says the route could be opened in places to mountain bikes, which raises a question of possible impacts to national parks.

National Park Quiz 73: Birds

You don’t need to be a hard-core birdwatcher to enjoy this quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The title of Havilah Babcock’s book ‘Jaybirds Go to Hell on Friday’ was inspired by a Negro folk tale.”

Only Snow Drought Likely To Block Your Access To Yellowstone National Park This Winter

With winter descending on the Northern Rockies, the staff at Yellowstone National Park is embarking on its second decade of trying to unravel a conundrum: How do you welcome the public during the year's harshest season without greatly impacting the park?

Wolves, Moose, and Nutrient Flows at Isle Royale National Park

How close did you pay attention to the landscape the last time you went for a hike in a national park? Did you notice the variety of trees or plants, the birds, the insects? Could you tell where there had been a fire or a flood? More subtly, could you see where the nutrient sinks in the ecosystem were? Most of us probably can't answer that last question, but researchers at Isle Royale National Park have uncovered some intriguing contributions to the park's biodiversity.

With Year-End Holidays Not Far Off, Consider These National Park Escapes

With the approach of Christmas and New Year's, some people remain undecided about what to do and where to go for the holidays. Here are a few suggestions for year-end national park vacations that are likely to result in some lasting memories.

Each Generation Seems To Stamp Its Imprint on the National Parks

For those who see the national parks as being preserved time immemorial under gigantic bell jars, there is evidence that each succeeding generation makes an imprint or two on the parks. It wasn't too terribly long ago, for instance, that you climbed into the bleachers to watch the bear buffets in Yellowstone National Park, or that the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon National Park had separate dining areas for men and women.

Yellowstone National Park's Interior Roads Close For Winter on Monday

If you're planning to visit Yellowstone National Park in the coming days, you better hurry. On Monday all roads through the park's interior will be closed to wheeled vehicles.

The Ghosts Of Yellowstone National Park

There is perhaps no more ethereal place than the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. There, when the night skies are thick with scudding clouds, ghostly phantoms promenade on the geysers' drifting zephyrs.

If A Winter Trip to Yellowstone National Park Is On Your Mind, Here Are Some Options

If you're thinking of a winter trek to Yellowstone National Park, there are some things you have to accept. One, more than likely it will be cold and snowy. Two, lodging reservations will be tricky, as there are a very limited number of lodges open. Three, it's not going to be cheap. But if you're OK with those three conditions, you'll more than likely have an incredible time.

Keep An Eye Out For Bears During Your Fall Hikes in the National Parks

Fall can be a downright gorgeous time to take a hike in a national park. The air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the crowds have vanished, and the landscape is gorgeous. Just don't forget that the bears are trying to put on some extra calories to get through the winter. And a hungry bear can be an ornery bear.

Wilderness Designations And National Parks Don't Cross Paths Often Enough

Yellowstone. Canyonlands. Voyageurs. Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains. Glacier. Surprising as it is, none of those parks has so much as a single acre of officially designated wilderness.
Wyoming's congressional delegation was quick Thursday to condemn the National Park Service's winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park that would limit daily snowmobile numbers to 318. Sen. Mike Enzi thought as many as 1,000 machines should be allowed in.

Updated: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Release Winter-Use Plan That Reduces Snowmobile Numbers

As expected, National Park Service officials Thursday approved a winter-use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks that reduces snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone from past years. The intent is that this plan remain in effect for two winters while Park Service teams develop yet another environmental impact statement on winter recreation in Yellowstone.

An Unusual View of the Arnica Fire That Burned in Yellowstone National Park This Past Summer

This unusual photo of the Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Jon Jarvis Supports More Official Wilderness in National Park System

Wilderness. It's where the wild things are. It's a place where the stress of everyday life in the "real" world can be swept away.

Wintry Conditions Descending On Yellowstone National Park

Fall was nice, wasn't it? At Yellowstone National Park winter already has made an appearance, and park officials are urging visitors to be a bit cautious when traveling the roads.

Recession? What Recession? Yellowstone National Park Continues To Set Visitation Records

If it seemed a bit crowded during your visit to Yellowstone National Park this year, well, that's because it was. Park officials announced Tuesday that 2009 visitation has eclipsed 3 million and seems likely to set an annual visitation record.

Wintry Weather Knocking Down Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park

A burst of wintry weather Wednesday greatly dampened the Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park, where fire crews were demobilizing while others worked to reopen a section of the Grand Loop Road that had been closed by the fire.

National Park Quiz 70: Bad

This quiz will find out how much you know about bad people, bad happenings, bad decisions, and other bad stuff in the national parks. Answers are at the end. Peeking may produce bad results.

Arnica Fire Continues to Burn in Yellowstone National Park As Weather Begins to Turn

A wildfire ignited by a lightning strike continued to burn Tuesday in Yellowstone National Park, though an approaching storm front could provide much-needed moisture to knock it down.

Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park Surpass 9,000 Acres in Size, Travel Pinched

A predicted storm can't reach Yellowstone National Park fast enough to blunt a wildfire that as of noon Monday had reached 9,300 acres in size and had forced the closure of the road between West Thumb and just south of the Lake developed area.

Plenty of Options For Visiting Yellowstone National Park This Winter

The first snows of the season will be falling on Yellowstone National Park this week, which means it's not too early to think about a winter visit to this magical place. Options are not lacking for how to get there, either.

Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park Blows Up to More than 8,000 Acres

Dry, windy weather pushed the Arnica fire in Yellowstone National Park to more than 8,000 acres Sunday, with spotting starting small fires within 1 mile of Bridge Bay on the west side of Yellowstone Lake.

Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park Now Covering Estimated 1,200 Acres

A lightning-sparked fire in Yellowstone National Park is now covering an estimated 1,200 acres and is impacting traffic flows in the park.

Backcountry Fire in Yellowstone National Park At 250 Acres and Growing

A backcountry fire ignited by lightning in Yellowstone National Park is up to 250 acres and growing in the direction of the Grand Loop Road, prompting firefighters to take to the air with water-dropping helicopters.

Yellowstone Grizzlies Are Back on the Threatened Species List

A federal judge has restored Yellowstone ecosystem grizzlies to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. The upgrade reverses a 2007 F&WS delisting decision that inadequately considered a number of important factors, including the negative impacts of climate change on critical food supplies.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

National parks represent a spectacular legacy handed down to today’s generations, but it is one that also carries a hefty responsibility of stewardship. That becomes quickly obvious in Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This notion of responsible stewardship is not new at all. In many ways it’s trite.

Updated: Federal Judge in Wyoming Says He Can't Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park

A federal judge in Wyoming who in the past has supported higher numbers of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park ruled Thursday that he could not overturn the National Park Service's decision to cap daily snowmobile numbers at 318 this coming winter.
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Research Points to Canine Distemper As Cause of Low Wolf Pup Survival in Yellowstone National Park

Canine distemper, not parvovirus, apparently was behind the high wolf pup mortality rates in Yellowstone National Park in 1999, 2005 and 2008, according to new research.

National Park Quiz 69: Camping

Camping in the national parks is a lot of fun, and so is this quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the modern-day appeal of backcountry camping in the context of the classic three-stage Pastoral Retreat model elucidated by literary historian Leo Marx.
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