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.
Yellowstone National Park
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.
Dakota D. Tipton was so proud of his name that he carved his inititals into the Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately for the Texan, someone saw him and now he'll spend three days in jail.
Coyotes are everywhere in the continental United States despite nearly a century and half of determined efforts to destroy them. The more concerted the effort to trap, shoot, and poison them, the greater their range and their numbers. Next to the wolf, environmental historian Dan Flores writes, the coyote has been and is the most hated, persecuted, and misunderstood member of America’s wildlife community. It has not always been so.
Books aren’t the only medium to use Yellowstone as a fictional setting. Movies have gotten in on the act as well. This includes movies that are just about the park as well as movies that were filmed in the park.
Long before two visitors to Yellowstone National Park felt compelled to come to the aid of a seemingly abandoned bison calf, a National Park Service employee at Badlands National Park went a step further when he came upon a sickly calf and decided to take it home.
National Parks Traveler's first eBook for youngsters examines a place where hot water flows into ice-cold rivers, where fountains of boiling water shoot hundreds of feet into the sky, and where mountains are made of glass and trees are made of stone. It's a place where winter snows can pile up 6 feet deep, and where bears and wolves roam the landscape as they did in the 18th century long before the West was settled.
America can be justly proud of many accomplishments from its emphasis on democratic ideals to its promotion of equality and justice for all its citizens. But perhaps one of the nation’s greatest contributions to the global marketplace of ideas is the national park.
In the days of Fort Yellowstone (1886-1918), drinking was not permitted on any military grounds. Violation of this rule could result in fines or imprisonment, though not for more than a year. Additionally, if a soldier was found drunk at his post, he could have been punished by depriving him of passes to visit Gardiner, the nearest town, for a month. As a result of these rules, records and stories seem to indicate that many army soldiers would make the walk from Fort Yellowstone, located at Mammoth Hot Springs, to Gardiner for a drink and some company.
Nearly four decades have passed since Congress directed the National Park Service to establish visitor carrying capacities for the National Park System, yet few parks have done so, according to a review by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.