Cody Chamber drops support for Spring Into Yellowstone wildlife festival

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After four seasons, the future is uncertain for a spring wildlife festival that was created to build early season tourism traffic, and focus on Cody as a travel destination for nature lovers who wanted a sneak peek of Yellowstone National Park before the summer crowds. The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce will no longer take a leading role in organizing Spring Into Yellowstone, executive director Tina Hoebelheinrich said, but it will assist in a transition to any credible group that wants to take over the nonprofit event. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone biologists monitoring rivers after parasite forces closure in Montana

Park officials have no plans so far to close waters in Yellowstone National Park to anglers and others following a move Friday by Montana wildlife officials to close a vast stretch of the Yellowstone River. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the indefinitely and immediate closure of more than 150 miles of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to fishing, boating and all other recreational activities. Continue Reading →

Montana blogger creates map guide to Yellowstone Park day hikes

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With all signs pointing to a busy summer in Yellowstone National Park—possibly even a record year for visitation—the best way to avoid the crowds will be to park your car and hit the trail. Which is exactly how Montana hiker and blogger Jake Bramante spent his summer last year. After spending 40 days in 2015 hiking, documenting and rating dozens of trails in Yellowstone, Bramante has released a comprehensive topographic map covering 65 day hikes in nearly every corner of the park. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone plans visitor surveys in effort to better manage crowds

Every year, scientists and researchers come to Yellowstone National Park to learn more about wildlife ranging from grizzly bears to gray wolves, badgers to bison. But this summer, park officials are planning some field work involving a species that hasn't been studied much in the park: Homo sapiens. Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk told a travel and tourism group here that he wants more scientific data about why people visit Yellowstone, what they expect from their trip, and what drives their actions in the park. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone Lake Hotel celebrates 125 years of hosting park visitors

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The National Park Service is observing its centennial this summer, but it was a grand old hotel 25 years older than the Park Service that kicked off the season's festivities in Yellowstone National Park on Friday. Dozens gathered at Yellowstone Lake Hotel to celebrate the structure's designation last year as a National Historic Landmark, and to mark 125 years since the hotel opened to the public in 1891. Continue Reading →

Space still available for many Spring Into Yellowstone events

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Wildlife and nature lovers looking to avoid the summer crowds have a chance this week to join expert guides on tours of some of the most scenic and inspiring spots in Yellowstone National Park and nearby public lands. Organizers of Spring Into Yellowstone say space is still available for many of the tours, lectures and workshops scheduled from Wednesday through Sunday in and around Cody and Yellowstone Park. Continue Reading →

Early crowds make for busy opening day at East Gate to Yellowstone Park

A Buddhist monk from Thailand takes photographs at Sylvan Lake on Friday in Yellowstone National Park.

For the past decade, at 8 a.m. on the first Friday in May, Yellowstone National Park ranger Dennis Lenzendorf has pulled aside a locked barricade to open the park's East Entrance to the season's first visitors. But this year was a little different. Normally, a few dozen cars—mainly full of locals anxious to re-enter the park on opening day—are queued up and waiting. But typically, after the first hour, traffic is sparse. This past Friday, more than 50 vehicles were still lined up at 10 a.m. waiting to enter. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone audio series highlights sounds of science

For wildlife biologists, geologists and other researchers, Yellowstone National Park serves as a living science lab unlike any other place on earth. From underground magma chambers and unique thermophilic microbes to grizzly bears and gray wolves, Yellowstone science research routinely makes headlines around the world. Now, a new audio series offers listeners a backstage pass to learn more about how research is conducted in Yellowstone, and what it means for the park's wildlife and landscape. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone roads begin opening to autos for season

A bighorn sheep stands in the middle of the East Entrance road east of Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park as spring 2014 visitors enter the park from Cody, Wyo.

Spring is a great time to see Yellowstone National Park as the landscape begins to shed its winter garb of ice and snow. Animals are becoming more active with the change of season, and newborn wildlife begin moving through the park. Most importantly for local residents, it's a chance to visit Yellowstone before the summer crowds arrive, bringing traffic and congestion to the world's first national park. Road segments throughout the park will follow a staggered opening in the next few weeks, with the road from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone already open for the season, allowing visitors to travel by car to two of the park’s iconic locations. Continue Reading →