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Yellowstone’s ‘Backcountry Prime’ faces uncertainty amid opposition to Amazon

A still image from a video posted to YouTube shows Old Faithful erupting as seen from a camera drone in 2013, before Yellowstone National Park and the National Park Service banned unmanned aerial vehicles.

CODY, WYO. — A controversial preliminary proposal to team a major corporate sponsor with Yellowstone National Park in an effort to revive interest in backcountry camping may be over before it has even started, after objections from an unexpectedly high-level opponent. Documents reviewed in late March by a number of news agencies detail a draft framework being considered that would govern an agreement between Yellowstone and online retail giant The partnership would leverage the popularity of the Amazon Prime two-day delivery service to help novice hikers and campers better navigate the backcountry. But growing objections from President Donald Trump over Amazon’s business practices have cast doubt on whether the proposal will move forward. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park proposes increase in campground fees

Campers prepare a meal at Indian Creek Cmpground in Yellowstone National Park in this 1977 file photo. (J. Schmidt - click to enlarge)

Camping in one of the Yellowstone National Park Service campgrounds operated by the National Park Service will get a bit more expensive this summer based on a proposed fee increase. For the Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris campgrounds which have flush toilets, the daily fee would be increased from $14 to $20, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. At Tower Fall, Lewis Lake, Indian Creek, Pebble Creek and Slough Creek campgrounds which have vault toilets, the daily camping fee would go from $12 to $15. Continue Reading →

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Basic info and tips on camping in Yellowstone Park

Camping is one of the most fun and affordable ways to experience Yellowstone National Park, and a little planning can help make your camping trip more enjoyable. But many first-time Yellowstone visitors are often surprised to learn upon arriving in the park that campgrounds are full and no sites area available. That's not how you want to start your Yellowstone vacation, especially if you don't roll into the park until dinner time, or close to sunset. A couple of key tips are to either reserve a campsite in advance or show up before mid-day at one of the first-come-first-served campgrounds. Continue Reading →

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Maud gets her revenge while camping in Yellowstone in 1913

Louise Elliott

In 1913, Louise Elliott published a book about a young schoolteacher from Lander, Wyo., who took a job as a camp assistant for a mobile camp tour. In her preface, Elliott confesses that she used several techniques that critics now might label “new journalism.” She created composite characters by combining traits of her camp companions, and made up a “little romance” for her protagonist. We can forgive Elliott because she provided an explicit disclaimer — and an entertaining portrait of travel to Yellowstone Park in the early 20th century. While her tales must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, we probably can take her word that “the camp episodes and jokes, the weather and scenery, and the statistics” were all accurate descriptions copied from her diary. Continue Reading →

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