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 →

Yellowstone celebrates Earth Day in Gardiner

On Saturday, April 23rd, Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), and community partners from Gardiner, Mont. will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with a community clean-up, waste collection and recycling opportunities, youth activities, information on local environmental initiatives, and more. All Earth Day activities are free of charge and located at the Gardiner Public School. Continue Reading →

Spring bicycling begins on select Yellowstone roads

A bicyclist rides past freshly plowed snow along the road between Norris and Canyon Village in this 2012 file photo.

Some roads in Yellowstone National Park are now open to bicyclists as plow crews work to clear ice and snow in preparation for the park opening to autos later this month. Bicycles are allowed now on 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs. But there is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 15. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone superheroes champion conservation, safety in new comic book

"Guardians of Yellowstone" is a new comic book series featuring superheroes like Caldera, from left, Prisma and Lobo, who will fight evil and protect natural resources using skills and powers based on the park's iconic landscape and wildlife.

Taking a page (literally) from the seemingly endless stream of wildly popular comic book properties that are earning billions for Hollywood entertainment conglomerates, the National Park Service is launching a new superhero group based in Yellowstone National Park. In a series of adventures aimed at attracting a younger generation of visitors to the world's first national park, the "Guardians of Yellowstone" will fight evil and protect natural resources using skills and powers based on the park's iconic landscape and wildlife. Continue Reading →