Tribal Center Offers Native Presence in Yellowstone Park

One of the earliest and most destructive foundational myths about Yellowstone National Park was that just a small number of Indigenous people had long ago made only a limited seasonal use of the area. Or that Natives avoided the park altogether out of a “fear of evil spirits” connected to geysers and other thermal features.

Study Finds Complexities in Wolf-Elk Interactions Across Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Wildlife watching is a major factor in regional tourism, and accounts for much of the industry’s economic benefit across northwestern Wyoming. But as people stop and gather to watch an elk herd graze or a wolf pack chase down prey, the animals are often observing the humans as well. Can the mere presence of humans affect the predator-prey relationship between wolves and elk? Continue Reading →

National Park Service Won’t Plow ‘Plug’ in Winter Road Dispute

Yellowstone National Park has closed for the summer season, and an early round of winter weather has passed through the region, leaving October snowfall to linger in the higher elevations. But debate continues over whether to plow an eight-mile section of U.S. Highway 212 that has traditionally been left snow-covered to be used by sledders for access to backcountry trails. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone Superintendent discusses peaks and valleys of his national park tenure so far

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly began his tenure in the park in October 2018. In the five years since, he has dealt with historic closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, devastating floods in 2022 and record visitation of 4.8 million people in 2021. The scope, size and diversity of issues at play in Yellowstone mean a wide range of individuals and groups have varying opinions on how the park is managed. But in Cody and other gateway communities, many are giving Sholly high marks for managing in difficult circumstances. Continue Reading →

Dining in the Back of Beyond: Sustainable restaurant practices support regional small businesses

Diners at venues across Yellowstone National Park probably aren’t thinking much about farm jobs in Wyoming or Montana as they peruse their menus. But the sustainability practices and immense purchasing power of the park’s primary restaurant operator means there is a direct connection between ordering a salad or cheese plate and supporting local farms and other small businesses around the region. Continue Reading →

Dining in the Back of Beyond: How Yellowstone concessioner serves 2M meals per year

The popular maxim that “an army marches on its stomach” was first attributed to Frederick the Great, the 18th Century King of Prussia, and later to Napoleon Bonaparte. While that adage encapsulates the challenges of feeding and equipping a military force, it could just as easily apply to feeding the summer hordes visiting Yellowstone National Park. Especially after a mid-day eruption of Old Faithful Geyser in July. Continue Reading →