The slide projector whirred on the table next to my desk as Mrs. Sampson, our fourth-grade teacher, worked the balky advancement mechanism. She had purchased the Kodachromes in strips from a gift shop during her summer vacation, and the images on the screen transfixed me: vertical cliffs of white granite, waterfalls misting in midair, pine trees rising from a grassy riverbank.
Yellowstone National Park
Lightning-sparked fires burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in Wyoming are kicking up a lot of smoke but currently are not posing a threat to visitors or front-country areas.
So, have the stories of tremendous crowds at some national parks this summer convinced you to put off your national park adventure until next year? Or have you shied away from the iconic parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, and instead focused on small, less traveled units?
What now might be considered a "bad snow year" in Yellowstone National Park, one that limits snowmobile and snowcoach access, will in the not-too-distant future become the average snow year, according to a new study.
Traffic stretching more than three miles from a national park entrance station. Parking areas inside some national parks filling by 10 a.m. National park superintendents acknowledging that the visitor experience is being impacted.
In a miraculous bit of luck, a firearm that discharged when it was dropped in a restroom at the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park sent a bullet into a beam, not anyone in the restroom.
One of Yellowstone National Park's most ambitious construction projects is nearing completion. Canyon Lodge, largest of the park's nine lodging facilities, has undergone a facelift of major portions. Five large modern lodge buildings, each with approximately 80 guest rooms, will replace all of the 350 Frontier and Pioneer cabins that have been removed.
As the National Park Service tries to determine just how extensive sexual harassment and misconduct might be across its 20,000-workforce, questions about the appropriateness of Sports Illustrated's use of national parks to show off scantily glad models have surfaced.
In a word, you could say the National Park System is "busy" this summer. From Acadia National Park in Maine to North Cascades National Park in Washington State, visitation to the parks is high. But that doesn't mean you'll encounter crowds everywhere you go.
With much of the country currently locked in high summer heat, why not think about cooler and colder winter temperatures? If you're planning to visit Yellowstone National Park next winter, you might consider scheduling your trip to coincide with the 19th Annual Cody Ice Festival scheduled for Feb. 10 – 12, 2017, in Cody, Wyoming.