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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Earth Day events set for Yellowstone Park on April 19

Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee and community partners in and around Gardiner, Mont., will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day starting April 19. Planned events include community cleanups, waste collection and recycling events, demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives and much more. Continue Reading →

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Some roads in Yellowstone to open Friday

Nature photographer Gene Grove carries his camera and tripod along the road bordering the Yellowstone River.

For the first time since fall, visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be able to drive to see Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone starting Friday morning, April 18. The roads from West Yellowstone, Mont. and Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. to these popular visitor destinations open for the season at 8:00 a.m. Additionally, park entrance fees will be waived April 19 and 20 to kick off National Park Week. Continue Reading →

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New contracts bring changes to Yellowstone winter tour business


The business landscape for winter tour operators in Yellowstone National Park saw a shake-up this week as the National Park Service awarded a series of concessions contracts that will remain in effect for the next decade. Some longtime snowmobile and snow coach operators were selected to continue guiding winter visitors into Yellowstone, while many others with decades of experience were not among those awarded new contracts. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone to ‘talk trout’ at spring gateway meetings

Yellowstone national is known as a prime destination for anglers. But park managers are embarking on increasingly complex and costly programs aimed at protecting and preserving the park’s world-class trout fisheries. Park staff members will travel to nearby communities in the coming weeks to talk with anglers about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species and recent changes to fishing regulations. Continue Reading →

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Panel urges caution in developing, preserving Old Faithful area

Rising steam from Old Faithful hangs in the frigid air as seen from Observation Point in Yellowstone National Park during February 2014 cold snap.

Old Faithful is the most popular destination in Yellowstone National Park, but it's also one of the park's most fragile natural wonders, and one still not fully understood by researchers and managers charged with protecting the iconic geyser and other nearby thermal features. A newly released report written by a panel of scientists advises caution in how the Old Faithful area is developed and managed, and recommends additional research meant to better grasp the complex forces driving the Upper Geyser Basin hydrothermal system. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone electric power system changes approved

Officials in Yellowstone National Park announced Wednesday that they had received approval from regional supervisors for what they describe as "a plan to improve the reliability, safety and overall service quality" of the parks’s electrical power distribution. The upgrade plan was approved last week by Sue Masica, Director of the Intermountain Region, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone To Issue 2014 Firewood Collection Permits

Yellowstone National Park will be accepting public requests for those interested in possibly receiving a firewood collection permit from the National Park Service during 2014. Excess firewood is periodically available in the park for a variety of reasons, including wildland fire fuel mitigation, wind events, construction projects, or hazard tree removal. Continue Reading →

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Researchers invited to pitch projects for Yellowstone science conference

Abstract submissions for the 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be accepted April 4, 2014 to June 4, 2014. This year's conference theme is “Crossing Boundaries in Science, Management, and Conservation” focusing on the challenges and opportunities posed by crossing environmental, disciplinary, and jurisdictional boundaries in the quest to achieve one greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Continue Reading →

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TV crew to follow ‘Bigfoot hunters’ in Yellowstone this summer

From left, Cliff Barackman, James Fay, Ranae Holland and Matt Moneymaker consult a map during an episode of “Finding Bigfoot.”

Yellowstone National Park is home to some of the most photographed wildlife in the world, with tourists on constant lookout for everything from grizzly bears and gray wolves to pelicans and pikas. But this summer, a reality show crew will be adding at least one new species to their must-see list: Bigfoot. As unlikely as it might sound, a four-person production crew is scheduled to spend up to 10 weeks in Yellowstone from mid-June through August taping segments for "Yellowstone Bigfoot Hunt," a new reality TV show. Continue Reading →

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Success of winter season varies by park gate counts

Even as they look forward to the coming summer season for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, tourism leaders and businesses are also reflecting on visitation numbers for the recently concluded winter season. Statistics for winter recreational visitors from December through February show visitation for the two parks came in pretty close to last winter. Continue Reading →

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