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 cracking down use of aerial camera drones

A still image from a video posted to YouTube shows Old Faithful erupting as seen from a camera drone in 2013, before Yellowstone National Park and the National Park Service banned unmanned aerial vehicles.

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park's largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot, and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park. Theodorus Van Vliet of the Netherlands has been charged in connection with an Aug. 2 incident in which authorities say he crashed his unmanned aircraft into Grand Prismatic Spring. The drone sank into the popular hot spring and has not been found. Van Vliet is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and faces up to $5,000 in fines and/or six months in jail if found guilty. Continue Reading →

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Mr. Bubbles: Soaking in a natural Yellowstone hot tub

Alyssa Ammen and Ben Griffith soak in Mr. Bubbles in Yellowstone National Park. Mr.Bubbles is one of the rare places you can soak in Yellowstone because it’s not a thermal feature. Hot water from thermal features nearby mixes with the cold river water.

I leaned over the water with trepidation, looking at the bubbles gurgling from the middle of the pool. I put my hand over the water, straining to feel how much heat it emitted. Then I put in my toe. My hiking partners and I knew Mr. Bubbles was one of the few places in Yellowstone National Park you can soak without being boiled alive. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone investigating death of concessions worker

Authorities in Yellowstone National Park are investigating the death of a concessions worker who had been reported missing after failing to show up for work. A search began on Tuesday for Kassandra “Kassie” Wieferich, who had reportedly missed several shifts at work and failed to meet a family member the previous afternoon as planned. After a brief search in the Old Faithful Lodge area, the body of the 21-year-old woman from Twin Bridges, Mont., was located not far from the point she was reportedly last seen by a fellow employee. Park officials said information about Wieferich’s death was not released by the park’s public affairs office until Wednesday to allow for notification of family members. The incident remains under investigation by National Park Service rangers and special agents. Continue Reading →

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Pre-ban drone videos offer aerial views of Yellowstone, Grand Teton

The National Park Service has banned the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and after a series of incidents this summer, officials in Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere have stepped up their efforts to publicize and enforce that ban. At least three visitors have been charged in Yellowstone in connection with the use of drones, including a visitor from the Netherlands who allegedly crashed his unmanned aerial vehicle into Grand Prismatic Springs, the park’s largest hot spring, which is a favorite among photographers for its varying bands of intense color. Though it is against park regulations to shoot videos using a drone, their use was not specifically prohibited until this summer. A handful of videos posted to YouTube offer a glimpse of why camera drones are so popular with professional photographers and casual visitors. The increasing ease of use and affordability of small, lightweight aerial vehicles means they aren’t likely to disappear from use any time soon. Various models of remote-controlled helicopters—about the size of a shoebox or smaller—can fly to heights of 100 feet or more, hovering or following a specified flight path. Continue Reading →

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Busy year for Yellowstone supervolcano rumors

Steam rises from Excelsior Geyser Crater and Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Have you heard about what's happening with the Yellowstone supervolcano? The biggest earthquake in more than 30 years hit Yellowstone National Park in March. Bison were seen this winter pushing outside the park's boundaries. Extremely high levels of helium are rushing out of hot springs and fumaroles. Seismic detection gear has gone haywire. The roads are melting! All of this can only mean one thing: an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano is imminent, right? Continue Reading →

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Free admission Monday to Yellowstone and Grand Teton

The National Park Service celebrates its 95th birthday on Monday, August 25. To celebrate, admission to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as all other national parks, is free that day. The Park Service is waiving entrance fees on 9 days in 2014 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer. Continue Reading →

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2 dead in separate incidents in Yellowstone

An 8-year-old girl died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park. In an unrelated incident, the body of a concessions worker who died while floating the Yellowstone River was recovered Saturday. The girl, Zahra Allahyari, and family members were following a trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when she fell 550 feet into the canyon. Continue Reading →

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