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Winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone, Grand Teton

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park stops to take in the snowy view.

A fresh layer of snow and colder temperatures have put winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, with a wide range of travel and recreation options available. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South Entrances. Visitors who have proper permits can also participate in the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin December 22. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone extends, expands options for comments on proposed fee hikes

Yellowstone National Park managers have extended the window for accepting public comments on a proposed hike in entrance fees, as well as offering the option for taking comments online. The move comes after the National Park Service faced criticism via social media networks and coverage in the news media for not allowing comments to be submitted by email or via online comment forms. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone administrators limit input on proposed fee increases

When administrators at Yellowstone National Park began seeking public input on a proposal to increase entrance fees, something was conspicuously missing: an ability to submit feedback online. Unlike their counterparts in Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Grand Teton and other national parks, Yellowstone administrators chose to only allow comments that are mailed or hand-delivered to park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs. Written comments also were accepted at meetings in Cody, Jackson and Bozeman. It appears to be the first time in more than eight years that Yellowstone has put forward a notable proposal and not allowed people to weigh in through an online form or email. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton to raise fees for backcountry camping, other permits

Roads and facilities in Grand Teton National Park begin opening May 1.

Getting away from it all in Grand Teton National Park will cost a little more next year, as the park has announced hikes in fees for backcountry camping and permits for other activities, from weddings to commercial filming. Starting Jan. 8, backcountry camping permits will be $25, with an additional $10 fee for advanced reservations 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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Yellowstone fishing permit fees to rise for 2012 summer season

Dylan Riley fishes the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park in October 2010 while visiting from California. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate)

Anglers in Yellowstone National Park will pay slightly higher fishing permit fees this season as the National Park Service seeks to increase funding for the park’s fisheries management program and to begin implementing conservation actions that were outlined in the 2011 Native Fish Conservation Plan. Continue Reading →

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