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If a snowmobile rides through Yellowstone, does it make a sound event?

Four snowmobiles sit parked near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. Planners say the average snowmobile party in the park has seven sleds. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

As planners move forward with crafting a new winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park, they'll be gauging public response to the idea of so-called "sound events," one of the few new ideas in a decade of debate and court challenges over managing winter vehicle traffic in the park. Under two of the potential winter-use alternatives proposed by the Park Service in February, snowmobile and snow coach travel through Yellowstone would be managed by sound events — the total number of noise-producing trips made each day. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone ‘lake music’ remains mystery a century after written reports

Some Yellowstone National Park visitors have reported hearing odd sounds in the skies above Yellowstone Lake on clear days in the early mornings. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Yellowstone Lake and the rugged backcountry that surrounds it is a place where millions go seeking solitude and silence. Yet it in a well-documented but rarely discussed phenomenon, some visitors to the Lake area have experienced remarkable celestial sounds of unknown and unexplained origin. There are several descriptions in the historical record — as well as many more from popular anecdotal accounts — of strange sounds or "lake music" coming from the skies around Yellowstone Lake and Shoshone lake. Continue Reading →

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