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Presenters sought for 7th Annual Yellowstone Winter Photo Festival

Photographers are invited to share their favorite winter images of the region with the public during the Seventh Annual Yellowstone Winter Photo Festival to be held next week in West Yellowstone, Mont. The festival will be held at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. The festival is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Continue Reading →

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Melting snow means no snowmobiles from West Yellowstone

A long stretch of above-normal temperatures and limited snowfall in Yellowstone National Park have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the snowpack on road segments linking West Yellowstone and Old Faithful. That has left many areas along the road from West Yellowstone through Madison Junction to Old Faithful with large portions of exposed pavement visible, requiring the National Park Service to change how vehicles may access the park in that area. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone shutdown brings ‘overwhelming’ losses to small businesses

The Dude Motel sign lights up the night sky in West Yellowstone, Mont., where tourism has dropped sharply since the government shutdown closed Yellowstone National Park.

Locally owned small businesses around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are facing "overwhelming" financial losses in the wake of the continuing government shutdown, but their concerns have not found traction in Washington, D.C. In small towns around the parks, the tourism industry has been hit hard by cancellations, shortened trips and a sudden drop in business. Continue Reading →

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3 Yellowstone superintendents to speak at West Yellowstone event

Three Yellowstone National Park superintendents will talk about their tenures guiding the world’s first national park and take questions in West Yellowstone, Mont. later this month. Current Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk will be joined by former superintendents Mike Finley and Bob Barbee as featured speakers for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s 30th anniversary celebration. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk wins praise for outreach on winter use

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk has accepted a temporary position as interim president of the National Park Foundation in Washington, D.C.

As another winter season in Yellowstone National Park begins, it might be understandable if some local residents are pessimistic about resolving long-standing disputes over snowmobiles in the park and other related winter-use issues. Local tourism workers and environmental advocates have had front-row seats to more than a decade of public debate and court challenges over the effects of snowmobiles in the park, as well as whether to maintain access over Sylvan Pass, at the park's East Entrance. But surprisingly, gateway community business leaders are expressing optimism—even satisfaction—with the direction park managers are taking on winter use. And not just because the most recent draft plan calls for continued snowmobile access and keeping Sylvan Pass open. Continue Reading →

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Year-to-date Yellowstone and Grand Teton visitation up slightly through August

A crowd watches from the porch of the Irma Hotel in Cody as three villains are shot in a mock gunfight. (Ruffin Prevost - Yellowstone Gate file photo - click to enlarge)

Despite a stubbornly high national unemployment rate and weak economy, visitation so far this year to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has increased slightly over 2011, with the summer travel season ending on a relatively high note for the regional tourism industry. Though recreational visits in Yellowstone National Park were down 3.1 percent in August compared to last year, year-to-date visits were up 2.1 percent for 2012 through August. Year-to-date visits through August were up 4.5 percent in Grand Teton National Park compared to 2011, according to figures available on the National Park Service website. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone and Montana gateway towns plan variety of Earth Day events

The Roosevelt Arch greets visitors at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. (Flickr photo by Pete Zarria - click to enlarge)

Just as visitors have their first chance today to venture into the interior of Yellowstone National Park by auto this year, the Montana towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner are planning a series of Earth Day events for the weekend. Starting at 8 a.m. today, autos may drive from Yellowstone's north and west entrances to Old Faithful, Canyon, and Norris. Entry into Yellowstone is free starting Saturday and continuing through April 29 as part of National Park Week. Entrance to all national parks in the country is free during the week. Continue Reading →

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