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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‘Melting’ road reopens in Yellowstone after repairs

Temporary repairs have been completed, allowing Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park to open to travel. The 3.3 mile scenic loop drive is located off the park’s Grand Loop Road, halfway between Old Faithful and Madison Junction. This side road travels through an active thermal area with normally high ground temperatures. The addition of high air temperatures last week resulted in damage to the blacktop surface. Continue Reading →

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Scenic road in Yellowstone closed after ‘melting’ from extreme heat

Extreme heat has damaged Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park, causing a temporary closure of the popular scenic road in the park's Lower Geyser Basin.

A popular scenic road in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to a damaged road surface from extremely high ground temperatures. Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface of Firehole Lake Drive. The heat has damaged the blacktop and created unsafe driving conditions, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office. Yellowstone is a seismically active area where deep underground heat drives geysers, bubbling mudpots and other thermal features, and manmade features ranging from boardwalks to roads and even buildings often suffer from extreme heat. Firehole Lade Drive is located off the Grand Loop Road halfway between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in the park’s Lower Geyser Basin. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone manages people instead of grizzlies during bear jams

In Grand Teton National Park just south of Yellowstone, a volunteer wildlife brigade is trained each year to help manage people at bear jams. Both parks' programs run up consideral expense, but a study says roadside bears in Yellowstone bring more than $10 million annually to the regional economy.

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper “The economics of roadside bear viewing.” Continue Reading →

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All you need to know to enjoy the 4th of July in Yellowstone

Nathan Bartlett, 8, helps Old Faithful Inn bellman Ed Nabors take down the American flag atop the hotel during a 2012 summer trip to Yellowstone National Park. (NPS photo by Dan Hottle - click to enlarge)

July is the Yellowstone National Park's busiest visitation month, and the Independence Day holiday is always a time when crowds are enjoying the sights and sounds of all of Yellowstone's natural wonders. Park insiders are offering a few reminders about how to stay safe and enjoy all that Yellowstone has to offer over the 4th of July. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Lake Hotel reopens after $28.5 million renovation

People gather Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting celebrating completion of a 2-year, $28.5 million renovation of Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.

The oldest hotel in the world's first national park had a distinct aroma of fresh paint as summer guests began arriving this week. But the major renovations being wrapped up at Yellowstone Lake Hotel go far beyond new paint, as workers are completing a 2-year, $28.5 million makeover that has focused on restoring the iconic property to its historic elegance. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone visitation up slightly so far in 2014

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for the month of May and for the first five months of 2014 overall is up almost six percent compared to the previous year. Visitation to the world’s first national park begins to pick up in May as weather improves and interior roads and visitor facilities begin to open to the public. There were 310,039 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in May and a total of 415,185 for the first five months of 2014. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone rangers conducting commercial vehicle inspections

Yellowstone National Park rangers and state and federal transportation officials will conduct safety evaluations of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park this summer. Park officials say the inspections are designed to ensure the safe operation and mechanical soundness of commercial buses and trucks on Yellowstone’s roadways. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming to cover costs for Yellowstone students enrolled in Montana schools

As a temporary fix for a complex, long-term problem, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has announced that the state will cover the $500,000 cost for children living in Mammoth Hot Springs to attend school in Gardiner, Mont. Mammoth Hot Springs, headquarters for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park, is home to about three dozen students who attend school six miles away in Gardiner. Continue Reading →

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