Yellowstone National Park News
- Yellowstone Names New Top Wildland Firefighter
John Cataldo was named Yellowstone National Park’s Fire Management Officer (FMO) earlier this month.
- Yellowstone Park to Conduct Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections
Yellowstone National Park rangers and state and federal transportation officials will conduct safety evaluations of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park again this summer.
- Yellowstone Begins 2013 With Strong Visitation
Yellowstone National Park is off to a strong start to the 2013 visitor year. There were 293,250 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in May and a total of 392,222 for the first five months of 2013.
- Yellowstone National Park Receives 2013 "Ticket To Ride" Grant From The National Park Foundation
Yellowstone National Park has been selected to receive a 2013 “Ticket to Ride” grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, for Yellowstone’s Connecting Native American Youth to Yellowstone program.
- Isa Lake Bridge Reconstruction Project Approved
A plan to reconstruct Isa Lake Bridge located at Craig Pass on the Continental Divide has been approved.
- Grizzly Bear Research To Resume In Yellowstone
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will be conducting scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park from June 3 through July 15.
- Old Faithful's Geothermal System Subject Of Upcoming Scientific Review
Scientists and managers are getting together in early June to review what we know and don’t know about the geothermal system in the Old Faithful area.
- Yellowstone Updates Fishing Regulations
Yellowstone National Park has updated its fishing regulations for the season which begins on Saturday, May 25.
- Beartooth Highway Opens For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
The Beartooth Highway, the scenic high elevation portion of US-212 linking Red Lodge, Montana, with the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana, and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is scheduled to open for the season at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, May 24.
- Watercraft in Yellowstone Required To Be Invasive Species Free
In order to more thoroughly protect the waters of Yellowstone National Park, all motorized and non-motorized watercraft entering the park’s lakes must first pass an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection.
- Yellowstone Seeks Comment On Energy Company Proposal To Upgrade Substations and Land Mobile Radio System
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment regarding a capital improvement plan proposed by the utility company that provides electrical service to Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone's South Entrance Opens Friday, May 10
The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open for the season on Friday morning, May 10, as originally scheduled.
- Celebrate Migratory Bird Day In Yellowstone With Free Programs
Yellowstone and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center staff will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 18, with free programs and a field trip that are open to the public.
- Snake River Headwaters Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
The Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA) has been released for review and comment.
- Yellowstone Accepting Applications From Businesses Interested In Offering Visitor Services
Yellowstone National Park has completed a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Plan that will help guide commercial services in the park.
- Yellowstone's East Entrance Opens Friday, May 3
The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open for the season on Friday morning, May 3, as originally scheduled.
- Work Supporting Yellowstone Fire Management Plan Approved
The environmental review work needed to update the plan to guide fire management in Yellowstone National Park has been approved.
- Yellowstone's Black Sand Basin Closed for Boardwalk Repairs
Access to Yellowstone National Park’s Black Sand Basin will be temporarily closed until at least the Memorial Day weekend while maintenance crews replace and reroute a section of boardwalk that has been damaged by the area’s thermal features.
- Yellowstone National Park Celebrates Earth Day 2013
Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day this weekend with community recycling events, demonstrations, games and much more.
- Yellowstone's 5th U.S. Magistrate Judge Sworn Into Duty
A former Billings, Montana-based attorney was sworn in earlier this week as United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming, to preside over the U.S. District Court in Yellowstone National Park.
- National Park Service Proposed Rule to Implement New Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Released for 60-day Public Review and Comment Period
The National Park Service today released for public comment a proposed rule to more effectively manage access for snowmobiles and snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park while minimizing impacts on visitors, air and sound quality, and wildlife.
- Roads From West Yellowstone And Mammoth Hot Springs To Old Faithful Set To Open Friday, April 19
Favorable weather conditions, below average snow levels, and assistance from the Wyoming Department of Transportation have allowed the park to prepare some road segments for automobile travel earlier than anticipated.
- Yellowstone To Issue 2013 Firewood Collection Permits
Yellowstone National Park will be accepting public requests April 12-14 for those interested in receiving a 2013 firewood collection permit.
- ‘Cycle-Only' Season Opens For Riders On Yellowstone's West Side
Bicyclists willing to brave the often unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park will be able to travel 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont., to Mammoth Hot Springs beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.
- Yellowstone Seeks Comment on Bechler Area Improvement Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a plan to improve the administrative area of the Bechler region of Yellowstone National Park.
- Follow Yellowstone Spring Plowing Progress Online
National Park Service (NPS) plow crews are out clearing nearly 200 miles of primary road, almost 125 miles of secondary roads, and 125 acres of parking lots in order to open Yellowstone National Park to wheeled vehicle travel this spring.
- Yellowstone Seeks Comment on Isa Lake Bridge Reconstruction Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on plan to reconstruct the Isa Lake Bridge in its existing location at Craig Pass within Yellowstone National Park.
- Comment Period Extended On Commercial Stock Activities
The NPS is extending the public comment period for its preparation of an environmental assessment to analyze impacts associated with the issuance of new concession contracts for guided backcountry saddle and pack stock tours in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone Grizzly Bears Emerging From Dens
Grizzly bears are emerging from hibernation in the Greater Yellowstone Area, so hikers, skiers and snowshoers are advised to stay in groups of three of more, make noise on the trail and carry bear spray.
- Yellowstone National Park Spring Opening Delayed
Roads into Yellowstone National Park will open one to two weeks later than normal this spring.
- Yellowstone National Park and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Complete Brucellosis Workshop
Yellowstone National Park and Montana FWP concluded a workshop earlier this week that examined the science behind brucellosis and the feasibility or need for suppression of this non-native disease in the Yellowstone bison population.
- Yellowstone Seeks Comment On Commercial Stock Activities
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze impacts associated with the issuance of new concession contracts for guided backcountry saddle and pack stock tours in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone Seeks Public Input on Draft Commercial Services Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a recently prepared Draft Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Plan that will help guide commercial services in Yellowstone National Park.
- Presenters Sought For Fifth Annual Winter Photo Festival
Photographers are invited to share their favorite winter images of the region with the public during the Fifth Annual Winter Photo Festival to be held next month in West Yellowstone.
- Xanterra Parks & Resorts Selected To Provide Lodging, Retail, And Other Visitor Services In Yellowstone
The National Park Service has selected Xanterra Parks & Resorts to provide a wide range of visitor services in Yellowstone National Park for the next two decades.
- Only A Few Days Left In Yellowstone's Winter Season
Yellowstone National Park’s winter season is drawing to a close.
- Yellowstone Tourism Creates Over $330 Million In Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 3,394,326 visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent $332,975,000 in communities surrounding the park.
- National Park Service Releases Final Winter Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park
The National Park Service has released a final plan to guide the future of winter use in Yellowstone National Park.
- Plan To Protect Yellowstone's Native Vegetation Available For Public Review
A plan to protect Yellowstone’s natural landscapes and native plant diversity from the spread of invasive plants has been released for public review.
- Yellowstone National Park and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to Host Brucellosis Workshop
Yellowstone and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will host a workshop Feb. 26-28 at Chico Hot Springs Resort in Pray, Montana, to examine the science behind the disease brucellosis and help improve the management of the Yellowstone bison population.
- Film And News Crews Reminded Of Yellowstone's Permit Rules
Yellowstone National Park is once again reminding film and video crews and news reporters to review permitting regulations before attempting to capture the sounds and imagery of the world’s first national park.
- Yellowstone Recruiting for 2013 Youth Conservation Corps Program
Imagine having the opportunity to work, learn and play in the world’s first national park.
- Yellowstone Proposes Campground Fee Rate Increase
Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase the daily fee charged to stay in campgrounds operated by the National Park Service.
- Yellowstone Harnesses Hydropower…Again
More than a century after U.S. Army troops harnessed the power of flowing water to light Fort Yellowstone, the park is generating electricity from water again.
- Free Entry To Yellowstone Next Monday
Yellowstone National Park is joining all National Park Service (NPS) sites across the nation in waiving admission fees next Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday.
- Yellowstone Winter Season Begins Saturday
Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the winter season as scheduled on December 15.
- Comment Period Extended On Proposed New Cell Tower for Yellowstone's Lake Area
The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public comment period on a proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cell phone tower to serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park.
- Fisheries Restoration Efforts Remove 300,000 Non-native Lake Trout
Yellowstone National Park removed more than 300,000 lake trout in 2012, bringing the total to more than 1.1 million of the non-native fish removed from Yellowstone Lake since they were first discovered in 1994.
- Yellowstone Entry Free Over Veteran's Day Weekend
The North and Northeast Entrances to Yellowstone National Park will offer free visitor admission November 10-12, to honor all past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Most Roads In Yellowstone Close For The Season Monday Morning
Visitors only have a few days left this year to drive their personal vehicles to view iconic Yellowstone locations like Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
- New Cell Tower Proposed for Yellowstone's Lake Area
The National Park Service (NPS) is reviewing a proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cell phone tower to serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone Seeking Comments on Heart Lake Trail Project
Yellowstone National Park is soliciting comments for a proposed project to complete routine trail work on portions of the Heart Lake and Basin Creek Cutoff trails.
- Yellowstone Seeks Information on Thorofare Elk Poaching
Yellowstone National Park is asking for the public’s help in identifying who was responsible for illegally retrieving a bull elk carcass from inside the park last month.
- Yellowstone September 2012 Visitation
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for September was down slightly compared to last year’s levels.
- "Linking Science and Decision Making" Theme Of Next Week's Science Conference
A wide ranging group of scientists, managers, and other decision makers will gather next week to present current scientific findings and examine resource challenges in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
- Yellowstone Begins Cutthroat Trout Restoration in Elk Creek
Yellowstone is taking another step forward this week in efforts to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in park waters.
- Fall In Yellowstone Spectacular, But Call or Click Before You Go
While the scenery is wide open, not all of the park’s roads and facilities are, so check some valuable information resources below before you travel.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for September 20, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
A continued pattern of mostly sunny skies, seasonal to above normal afternoon high temperatures, and abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions keep breathing life into three fires in Central Yellowstone.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update For 11:00 a.m. September 16, 2012
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for Yellowstone National Park until
7:00 p.m. Sunday for low relative humidity and some gusty winds combining with very dry fuels.
- Yellowstone Fire Update For 10:00 a.m. September 15, 2012
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Yellowstone National Park until midnight Saturday.
- Updated Fire Management Plan for Yellowstone Open For Public Review
An updated plan and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) to guide fire management in Yellowstone National Park has been released for public review.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for 11:00 a.m. September 14, 2012
An increase in temperatures along with drier fuel moistures and some gusty
winds could reawaken fire and smoke activity on the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park heading into the weekend.
- Hunters Reminded Of Yellowstone National Park Regulations
With the opening of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Yellowstone National Park, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted within the park
- Yellowstone August 2012 Visitation
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for August down slightly compared to year ago levels.
- Entries Sought for 10th Annual Yellowstone Fall Photo Festival
In celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 29, photographers are being invited to share some of their favorite images of Yellowstone, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, or any of the other nearly 400 units of the Park system.
- Yellowstone National Park Seeks Volunteers For National Public Lands Day Project
The National Park Service will waive park entrance fees on Saturday, September 29, in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update For 12:00 p.m. September 11, 2012
Little growth has occurred on the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park in the past few days. However, Red Flag Warnings remain in effect until midnight across South Central Montana due to gusty winds, low humidities and dry fuels.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for 12:30 p.m. September 10, 2012
Although none of the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park has grown over the weekend, Red Flag Warnings are in effect today across the region for high temps, gusty winds, low humidities and dry fuels.
- Public Comment Periods Open On Temporary Rule And Draft Long-Term Plan For Yellowstone Winter Use
A proposed rule to extend the existing “one-year rule” regarding the management of snowmobiles and snowcoach activity in Yellowstone National Park for the upcoming 2012-2013 winter season has been released for public review and comment.
- Grizzly Bear Research Resumes In Yellowstone National Park
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will be conducting scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park from September 11 through October 31, as part of the ongoing monitoring of the activities and population of grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
- Two Weeks of Discounted Registration Remain for 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Discounted registration for the 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ends on September 14, 2012.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - September 2, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.
More than a half inch of rain quieted three lightning caused fires in the central portion of Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - September 1, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
Cooler temperatures and higher humidity resulted in reduced activity on the park’s fires Friday compared to earlier in the week.
- Yellowstone To Lift Mandatory Fishing Restrictions
Cooler water temperatures will allow Yellowstone National Park officials to lift mandatory fishing restrictions from the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison rivers effective Friday, August 31.
- Road Reopened Between Norris and Canyon
The road between Norris and Canyon in Yellowstone National Park has reopened after closing last night due to increased activity on the Cygnet fire.
- NPS To Maintain One-Year Rule For 2012-2013 Winter Use At Yellowstone National Park
For the upcoming 2012-2013 winter season at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service is proposing to extend the existing “one-year rule” regarding the management of snowmobiles and snowcoach activity in the park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 31, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
High winds under hot and dry weather conditions over the past two days increased the fire and smoke activity of both the Dewdrop and Cygnet fires in Yellowstone National Park.
- Norris to Canyon Road Closed Due To Increased Fire Activity
The Norris to Canyon section of roadway is temporarily closed due to increased activity on the Cygnet Fire.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 30, 2012 - 2:00 p.m.
High winds under hot and dry Red Flag weather conditions resulted in significant smoke and fire growth activity on the Cygnet and Dewdrop fires in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday.
- Yellowstone To Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints This Week
Yellowstone National Park rangers will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the park on August 30, 2012.
- Visitors Urged To Enjoy Yellowstone Wildlife At A Safe Distance
One sure sign that fall is just around the corner is that some animals are beginning to leave the high country for lower elevations.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 29, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
Windy and dry weather conditions resulted in some continued growth activity on the fires in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
Stable weather conditions and a slight amount of precipitation resulted in little growth activity on the fires in Yellowstone National Park on Monday.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for Aug. 26, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
For the third consecutive day, windy, dry Red Flag conditions Saturday afternoon resulted in an increase in fire activity and growth on the Cygnet Fire in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 27, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Red Flag conditions Sunday afternoon resulted in an increase in smoke and fire activity and some perimeter growth on the Cygnet, Dewdrop and Range fires in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 25, 2012 - Noon
Windy, dry Red Flag conditions Friday afternoon resulted in an increase in fire activity and growth on the Cygnet Fire in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 24, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.
Windy conditions Thursday afternoon resulted in an increase in activity and some growth on two of the small fires burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 22, 2012 - Noon
Fire activity has steadily increased on two fires in the central portion of the park, and smoke may be visible from several areas along the Grand Loop Road from Norris to Canyon Village and south to Fishing Bridge.
- Road Reopened Between West Thumb and Bridge Bay
The road between Bridge Bay and West Thumb in Yellowstone National Park has reopened after closing temporarily due to a motor vehicle accident this afternoon.
- Accident Closes Road Between West Thumb and Bridge Bay
A vehicle accident involving several medical transports has temporarily closed the road between Bridge Bay and West Thumb in Yellowstone National Park this afternoon.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 20, 2012 - 12:30 p.m.
Due to the lack of moisture throughout the park in the last several days, the fire danger level in Yellowstone has been elevated to Extreme.
- Motorcyclist Killed In Head-On Collision
A head-on collision late Tuesday afternoon in Yellowstone National Park claimed the life of a motorcyclist from northeast Wyoming.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 12, 2012 - 1:00 p.m.
The fire danger level in Yellowstone has been lowered to Very High. Fire restrictions are still in effect.
- Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 10, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 9:00 p.m. Friday due to critical fire weather conditions.
- Yellowstone Fire Update 3:30 p.m. on 08/08/12
Three new small fires were discovered in Yellowstone late Tuesday.
- Yellowstone July 2012 Visitation
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for July is down slightly compared to year ago levels.
- Yellowstone Releases Summer Bison Population Estimate
Yellowstone National Park has completed its annual summer bison population abundance monitoring.
- Yellowstone Implementing Trail Closures And Fire Restrictions
Continued hot, dry conditions and a potential for increased fire activity have prompted Yellowstone National Park to reinstate fire restrictions and close some hiking trails and backcountry campsites.
- Teachers Heading To Yellowstone For Climate Change Workshop
Yellowstone National Park will host a teacher workshop on climate change this month.
- Monday Incidents Keep Yellowstone First Responders Busy
Yellowstone National Park rangers spent the day Monday responding to numerous incidents, including several involving significant injuries to visitors.
- Yellowstone To Implement Fishing Closures
Yellowstone National Park is planning to implement some temporary fishing closures.
- Yellowstone Seeks Input on Isa Lake Bridge Reconstruction Plan
Yellowstone National Park is preparing a plan to reconstruct the historic Isa Lake Bridge at Craig Pass.
- Fire Restrictions Lifted for Yellowstone National Park
Recent rainfall received over most of Yellowstone National Park has increased fuel moistures to the point that the prohibition on open campfires has been lifted.
- Yellowstone Transportation Scholar Selected
Yellowstone National Park is pleased to announce that Katrina Hecimovic has been selected as Transportation Scholar to assist in the forthcoming redesign of the park’s historic, year-round North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, known as the Gardiner Gateway Project.
- Small Fire Burning In Northern Yellowstone
Lightning from recent thunderstorms has started a small fire inside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, along the Montana-Wyoming border.
- Yellowstone Holding Public Meetings On Draft Winter Use Plan
The public has several opportunities next week to learn about a proposed new plan for winter use in Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone Reports Strong June Visitation
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for June and for the first six months of the year is up compared to year-ago levels.
- Yellowstone National Park Announces Social Media Presence
America’s first national park is pleased to announce its presence on several popular social media Web sites.
- Exhibit of National Park Photographs by At-Risk Youth at Yellowstone National Park
Beginning in June 2011, 22 teenage boys at Northwest Passage, a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth, embarked on photographic journeys through rugged backcountry expeditions to Yellowstone and three other National Parks.
- Former Yellowstone Employee Convicted of Viewing Child Pornography
On June 20, 2012, Michael C. Emanuelson, 50, a former National Park Service property technician, was sentenced for using a government computer to view child pornography.
- Update: Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Proposal Released
The National Park Service has released the Draft Winter Use Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
- Yellowstone To Issue Updated Winter Use Plan Proposal
The National Park Service will release a proposed new plan to guide the future of winter use in Yellowstone National Park.
- Fire Restrictions in Effect for Yellowstone National Park
Continued hot, dry weather, fire activity in the region, and the current fire danger rating of Very High has prompted Yellowstone National Park to implement temporary fire restrictions effective noon Friday, June 29, 2012.
- Yellowstone To Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints This Weekend
Yellowstone National Park rangers will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the park over the June 29-30 weekend.
- Yellowstone Welcomes New Safety Manager
Yellowstone National Park is pleased to welcome Brandon Lipke as the park’s new Safety Manager.
- Yellowstone Animals Remind Visitors to Be Safe Over the Holidays
Blooming wildflowers and sparkling geysers remain a perennial display of Mother Nature’s own Fourth of July fireworks in Yellowstone National Park.