Yellowstone National Park

Wintry Conditions Make Travel In Yellowstone National Park Interesting

A spring snowstorm that's been pulsing through the Rocky Mountains has left Yellowstone National Park somewhat of a winter wonderland, and park officials are warning travelers that it could be tough to negotiate the park for the next few days.

Barring Major Storm, You Should Be Able to Drive To Old Faithful On Friday

Upper Geyser Basin, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Barring a major snowstorm, crews at Yellowstone National Park should have some of the park's roads open Friday. While the North and West entrance roads should be clear of snow, more work is necessary for the East and South entrances to be opened.

Yellowstone National Park's Wolves Seem to Prefer Elk Loin Over Goose Breast

When wolves in Yellowstone National Park are hungry, they overwhelmingly choose elk, not goose, from the park's wildlife menagerie, according to studies of the predators. And they could care less about the revered status of bald eagles.

National Park Service Finalizes "Benefits-Sharing Agreement" That Could Benefit Parks

A "benefits-sharing agreement" that could reap national parks untold profits from businesses that do research in the parks with an eye on commercial opportunities has been finalized by the National Park Service.

Snowmobile Numbers Decline, Snowcoach Traffic Up in Yellowstone National Park

Snowcoach traffic to Yellowstone National Park rose slightly this past winter from the year before, while snowmoible visitors declined slightly, according to numbers released by the park.
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country Though no doubt driven by marketing aspirations, the National Geographic Society has rereleased three books that will take you into the heart of some iconic national parks.

On Bison Science, Bison Politics, and the Rebisoning of the West

A new IUCN publication reports on the status of wild and conservation-herd bison, makes bison conservation recommendations, and stirs controversy over emotion-charged issues such as the possible "rebisoning" of large areas of former bison range.

Summering in Yellowstone National Park: The Logistics

It's never too late to plan a summer trip to Yellowstone National Park. True, it gets trickier the longer in the year you wait to make your plans, but you're never completely shut out of visiting this incredible park. How do you negotiate the logistics? Let us show you the way.

How Will Wildfires Impact The National Park Landscape This Summer?

Winter has been pretty fluky across the United States, with heavy snows taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Sierra states, cold weather diving deeply into the Southeast, torrential rains hitting the Northeast, and quick warming baking the Midwest. With such a mix, what might we expect from the coming wildfire season across the National Park System?

Yellowstone National Park Developing "Native Fish Conservation Plan"

Cutthroat trout, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park long has been renowned for its "museum quality" cutthroat trout fishery. Sadly, that fishery is in danger of collapse due to non-native lake trout. There are other threats to Yellowstone's fisheries, though, and that's why the park is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan.

Commemorative Quarter Places Old Faithful Geyser, Bison On a Quarter

It won't be long before you'll be able to hold both a bison and Old Faithful in the palm of your hand.

Spring Bicycle Season is Underway at Yellowstone National Park

Spring cyclists in Yellowstone.
Crews in Yellowstone National Park are clearing roads of snow and ice to reopen the routes to vehicles, but that work is expected to take a month or more. In the meantime, hardy bicyclists have an opportunity to experience a ride on some of those roads without competition from other visitor traffic.

Elk, Bison Populations in Yellowstone National Park Said To Be Stable

Yellowstone bison, Northern Range, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.

Want To Save 20 Percent on Lodging in Yellowstone National Park? Here's How

How would you like to save 20 percent on your lodging bill the next time you visit Yellowstone National Park? It's really quite easy, and you can earn a tax deduction in the process.

Is The American Pika Really On The Road To Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.
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Spring Plowing Coming to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

With winter easing its grip on the Northern Rockies, work is under way in Yellowstone National Park, and soon will be under way in neighboring Grand Teton National Park, to clear snow from the roads.

Time Running Out To Suggest How Yellowstone National Park Should Approach Winter-Use-Plan

Mammoth Terrace, Kurt Repanshek photo
Just a few more weeks remain for you to suggest areas that Yellowstone National Park planners should consider in preparing a plan for winter-use in the park.
I remember clearly hurrying to the Yellowstone River after finishing a shift as a seasonal ranger with fly rod in hand. I would rent a rowboat from the Fishing Bridge boat dock and row downstream a bit to clear the lines of the people fishing from the bridge. And then I would begin to cast — not too skillfully I might add — and catch a cutthroat on every second or third cast. It was absolutely the best fishing in the world.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Group Forms to Urge Plowing Of Roads In Yellowstone National Park

Bombardier at Kepler Cascades, copyright Kurt Repanshek
With Yellowstone National Park managers back at work on producing a winter-use plan pertaining to getting around the park, at least one group has mounted a campaign to see some of the park's roads plowed in winter.

Bears Starting to Emerge In Yellowstone National Park

If you're heading to Yellowstone National Park soon to view wolves, you might get a bonus: bears are beginning to emerge from their slumber and are roaming for food.

Some Biologists Envision Wolves Controlling Elk in More National Parks, Others Say That's Impractical

There was a paper that zoomed around cyberspace a couple weeks ago, one that roamed far and wide, not unlike a young wolf seeking a territory of its own. It gathered speed as it was flicked around the Twittersphere because it focused on two subjects that captivate more than a few people -- national parks, and wolves.
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Recruiting Under Way For 2010 Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park

Firehole River sunset, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Had I only known years ago that I could have spent my high school summers in Yellowstone National Park I would have been there in a heartbeat. But I didn't know. But here's the word that your kids have an opportunity now to sign up for the Youth Conservation Corps program in Yellowstone this summer.

NRDC Sues To Have Fish and Wildlife Service Consider Whitebark Pine For Endangered Species Act Protection

It was more than a year ago when the Natural Resources Defense Council asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if the whitebark pine, a "stone" pine that grows in the very highest reaches of Yellowstone, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, was eligible for Endangered Species Act protection. Inaction by the agency has prompted the conservation group to sue it to act on the request.
Fifteen years ago, back in 1995, a dream of seeing wolves running wild in Yellowstone National Park came to life, as the first of a handful or two of Canadian wolves were set free into the park. It was the culmination of a long-fought effort to see Yellowstone's ecosystem become whole once again with its complete prey and predator base. Doug Smith, who leads the park's Wolf Project, recently discussed the health of the program and what researchers have learned.

15 Years Into Yellowstone National Park's Wolf Recovery Program

Deep in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry, our sleep and the predawn darkness was startled by a sound that long had been alien to the park. But on that mid-September day in 2008 the sound was unmistakable. A lone wolf had raised its muzzle to the sky and released a rich, baritone howl that pierced the inky stillness. A long-missing aspect of the park's wildness had very much returned.

Obama Administration Draws Criticism for Declining ESA Protection To Pikas

A diminutive creature that struggles with warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will not receive Endangered Species Act protection for its predicament, the Obama administration has decided in a move that brought quick condemnation from some corners.
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U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven National Parks U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.

Yellowstone National Park Heads Down the Winter-Use Plan Road...Again

If, after reading the above headline the movie "Groundhog Day" popped into your mind, you're forgiven. This topic has been poked and prodded more times and ways than the approach to health-care reform. And yet, Yellowstone National Park planners are going to take another swing at it.

Tectonic Plates Thought Responsible for Swarm of Yellowstone National Park Earthquakes

The recent swarm of earthquakes noted at Yellowstone National Park were most likely caused by shifts in tectonic plates, not pressures in the magma chamber beneath the park, according to geologists.
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