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Gardiner Gateway project lands $10 million in federal grant funds

Bill Berg, president of the Greater Gardiner Community Council, speaks in front of the Roosevelt Arch during the Gardiner Gateway Project kickoff event Thursday. Joining him on stage were, from left, Daniel Bierschwale, President, Gardiner Chamber of Commerce; Clara Conner, Division Engineer, Western Federal Lands Highway Division; Marty Malone, Commissioner, Park County, Mont.; Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana; and Dan Wenk, Superintenden of Yellowstone National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

An ambitious plan to reconfigure the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and revitalize downtown Gardiner, Mont. has received a big boost in the form of a $10.3 million federal grant. The federal transportation funds will help pay to reconfigure the entry road, add new paved parking areas and improve pedestrian safety, according to a statement released Tuesday by the park's public affairs office. Local matching funds and additional spending from the National Park Service will bring the total project budget to $12 million. Continue Reading →

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Hike Uncle Tom’s Trail for close-up view of Yellowstone’s Lower Falls

There are dozens of places in Yellowstone National Park where you can a great view of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. But there's only one spot where you'll feel like you truly "earned" the view. Uncle Tom's Trail is a strenuous series of more than 300 steel stairs that drop 500 feet, descending about three quarters of the way form the canyon rim toward the river below. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone visitation tops 1 million by end of June

The latest Yellowstone National Park visitation figures show that more than 1 million recreational visitors have passed through the park during the first half of the year, with the park's busiest season just getting under way. Total visitation so far this year appears to be up slightly over last year, although a change in how visitors are counted complicates that comparison. Continue Reading →

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Picturing Summer: 16 Solstice Images From Yellowstone and Grand Teton

In honor of the arrival of summer, Yellowstone Gate sent photographers Janet White of and Ruffin Prevost into Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, respectively, to capture a full day's worth of images on Friday, June 21. The first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year. Continue Reading →

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10 sunny summer sights from Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Summer has arrived in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and sightseers and photographers are out in force to take in the great sights all across both parks. Finding wildlife during the hot, sunny days of summer can be trickier than in fall or spring, especially as crowds grow and the parks get busier. Continue Reading →

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Experts seek to unlock mysteries of Old Faithful, other Yellowstone geysers

Researchers and Yellowstone National Park staff members are meeting at Old Faithful this week to review the current scientific understanding of the park's hydrothermal systems. The group will eventually develop suggestions for new research projects and design standards that could help inform and guide management of and development near Yellowstone's thermal features. Continue Reading →

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