Yellowstone

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. Covering roughly 2.2. million acres, it is home to diverse wildlife and majestic scenery, drawing up to 3.5 million visitors annually.

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Yellowstone sets visitation record for September

Yellowstone National Park recorded its highest ever September visitation in 2014. A total of 571,764 recreational visitors came to Yellowstone in September. That is an increase of 2.48% compared to September 2013 numbers. There were 3,288,804 recreational visits to Yellowstone in first nine months of 2014, an increase of 5.68% over the same period in 2013. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Science Conference looks beyond boundaries for answers

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The 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is being held over three days this week at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, centered on a theme of "Crossing Boundaries." But judging from some of the comments during Tuesday's panel discussions and coffee breaks, it seemed like the conference itself had at times crossed a boundary from the world of esoteric hypotheses posed by cautious researchers into a realm of eager discovery and engaged debate by journalists, advocates and members of the general public. Continue Reading →

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Man fined for crashing drone into Yellowstone hot spring

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park crashed a drone into Grand Prismatic Spring in August.

A Dutch visitor to Yellowstone National Park has been fined more than $3,000 after crashing a drone into Grand Prismatic Spring in August. Theodorus Van Vliet pleaded guilty in federal court this week to violating a park ban against operating an unmanned aircraft. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay over $2,200 in restitution. Van Vliet's mishap drew global attention after his small, remote-controlled helicopter drone plunged into the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

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Visitor fined, banned from Yellowstone for summer drone crash

A German tourist who crashed a drone into Yellowstone Lake has been banned from Yellowstone National Park for one year and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500 after pleading guilty in federal court this week. Appearing by telephone from Germany, Andreas Meissner, 37, pleaded guilty to three charges related to the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle in a national park. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone sustainable energy project approved

The National Park Service has approved a plan to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy production systems at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, which is a National Register Historic District. A finding of "No Significant Impact" was recently signed by Sue Masica, the Director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service. The finding completes the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act processes which began earlier this year. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone hosts new citizens in park’s first naturalization ceremony

U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming Mark Carman speaks to new citizens after administering their naturalization oath Sept. 3 in a ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park often plays host to a range of special occasions like marriage proposals, birthdays, family reunions and even the scattering of cremated remains. But until now, the park had never been the site for a naturalization ceremony. On a crisp, breezy, picture-perfect morning earlier this month, 42 immigrants from 20 different countries gathered near the Liberty Cap to take the oath of citizenship in what park officials said was the first observance of its kind in Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone invites visitors to take part in Hayden Valley Hawk Watch

Celebrate the spectacle of raptor migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley this Sunday, September 21. Join education ranger and raptor enthusiast Katy Duffy to watch and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration strategies. If visitors would like to learn some raptor identification tips, they may begin the day with Duffy at 9 a.m. at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center for a 45-minute presentation involving the mounted raptors on display there. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone seeks volunteers for Public Lands Day

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 27, in conjunction with the celebration of National Public Lands Day. As part of this annual event, Yellowstone National Park is looking for volunteers for two work projects that will take place in Lamar Valley, which is located in the rugged northeast portion of the park. Volunteers will participate in either trailhead restoration work at the Lamar River Trailhead or fence construction work at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone commercial stock plan approved

A new long term plan to manage commercially guided saddle and pack stock trips in Yellowstone National Park has been approved. Current saddle and pack stock contracts expire on December 31, 2015. The park plans to release a prospectus for new contracts sometime this fall, with up to forty-two new contracts to be awarded to take effect January 1, 2016. Continue Reading →

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‘Geyser Gazers’ patiently wait for Yellowstone eruptions

Self-described 'geyser gazer' Ryan Maurer takes notes after the eruptions of Lion Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone is home to two-thirds of the world’s geysers, attracting visitors from around the world. Most catch Old Faithful and may wander the boardwalks and accidentally witness other eruptions. Some look at the schedule in the visitor’s office listing the times for the six predictable regular geysers, Great Fountain, Grand, Castle, Daisy and Riverside along with Old Faithful, and plan their day in hopes of catching those in action. But a dedicated few devote weeks, and sometimes entire summers, to waiting, watching and recording eruptions. These are geyser gazers and members of the Geyser Observation and Study Association. Continue Reading →

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