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July 19, 2017
New Trail & Overlook Protect Yellowstone's Resources
Grand Prismatic Overlook Trail opens in Midway Geyser Basin.

July 13, 2017
Environmental assessment on proposed Yellowstone Youth Campus available for public comment
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on an environmental assessment (EA) that measures the impacts of the proposed reconstruction or relocation of the Yellowstone Youth Campus.

July 12, 2017
Second busiest June on record
Yellowstone National Park hosted 803,298 visits in June 2017. This was the second busiest June on record, down 4.8 percent from June 2016, which saw 838,316 visits.

June 29, 2017
Stay Safe, Protect Yellowstone this Fourth of July
This holiday weekend, Yellowstone National Park rangers ask all park visitors to arrive in the park prepared for a safe, pleasurable, and rewarding experience. Protect yourself and your park by following certain tips.

June 28, 2017
Two Visitors Injured by Bison at Mud Volcano
A married couple received injuries after being “butted” by a bison at Mud Volcano, just north of Lake Village in Yellowstone National Park.

June 19, 2017
Environmental Assessment on proposed National Ecological Observatory Network Site available for Public Comment
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on an environmental assessment (EA) that assesses the impacts associated with the proposed construction and operation of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site in the park.

June 15, 2017
Kayak guide dies attempting to rescue client in Yellowstone Lake
A 23-year-old kayak guide, Timothy Hayden Ryan Conant from Salt Lake City, Utah, died while attempting to rescue a client who capsized on Wednesday, June 14. The incident occurred in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake. The kayaking group consisted of nine clients and three guides.

June 14, 2017
Man Severely Burned in Hot Spring
A 21-year-old man, Gervais Dylan Gatete from Raliegh, North Carolina, sustained severe burns after falling into a hot spring late on Tuesday, June 13.

June 13, 2017
Yellowstone Experiences Second Busiest May on Record
The park hosted 419,627 visits in May 2017.

June 09, 2017
Fatality near Yellowstone's North Entrance
Today, park search crews located the body of Jeff Murphy who was missing near the park’s North Entrance.

June 08, 2017
Search for Missing Person begins near North Entrance of Yellowstone
The park is seeking information about an individual last seen at the Rescue Creek Trailhead on June 7, 2017.

June 08, 2017
Protect Yellowstone from Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose a grave threat to the health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

June 01, 2017
Yellowstone Issues Individual Day Ride Permits
Yellowstone National Park will begin to issue free day ride permits to individual users who take stock on park trails in 2017.

May 30, 2017
Park Increases Reward for Information about Wolf
Yellowstone National Park is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for shooting a wolf on the north side of the park, near Gardiner, Montana.

May 24, 2017
Park Expects Busy Summer: Come Prepared and Take the Yellowstone Pledge
Are you traveling to Yellowstone National Park this summer? When you visit this wild and amazing place, we ask you to come prepared so you can protect yourself and your park.

May 19, 2017
Yellowstone Seeks Additional Public Input on Effects to Historic Mt. Washburn Lookout
Yellowstone National Park seeks additional public input on potential direct and indirect effects of a project involving the historic Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout.

May 11, 2017
Preliminary Necropsy Results Reveal Well-Known Wolf Shot
Preliminary results from the necropsy of the Canyon Pack alpha female wolf showed that she suffered from a gunshot wound. Law enforcement seeks additional information to aid investigation.

May 11, 2017
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017 in Yellowstone with Free Programs
Yellowstone National Park and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 13, with free public programs and a field trip.

May 03, 2017
Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team Grizzly Bear Trapping Announcement
Biologists set to begin grizzly bear trapping for research purposes in Yellowstone National Park. Public reminded to heed warning signs!

April 25, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Road Reconstruction from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposed project to reconstruct a segment of the East Entrance Road from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond (3.2 miles).

April 21, 2017
Tourism to Yellowstone National Park Creates $680.3 Million in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 8,156 jobs in local economy

April 20, 2017
Celebrate Earth Day 2017 in Gardiner, MT
On Saturday, April 22, Yellowstone National Park, concessioners, and community partners will observe the 47th Earth Day. All events are free to the public.

April 19, 2017
Yellowstone Reminds Film Crews, Photographers and News Crews about Permit Requirements
Yellowstone National Park encourages visitors who intend to capture images, videos, or sound recordings for commercial purposes to review our permit requirements before arriving in the park.

April 18, 2017
Yellowstone Invites Anglers to 2017 Spring Meetings
Yellowstone National Park staff will travel to nearby communities to talk with anglers and other interested individuals about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations.

April 17, 2017
Select Roads Open to Automobiles
Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open for the season.

April 14, 2017
National Park Week--April 15 through April 23, 2017
Ring in spring with a visit to Yellowstone National Park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Visitors can also enjoy free admission during the weekends of National Park Week, April 15, 16, 22, and 23.

April 14, 2017
Well-Known Wolf Severely Injured and Killed in Park
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – On April 11, 2017, hikers discovered a severely injured wolf inside Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Montana.

April 05, 2017
Yellowstone Issues Firewood Collection Permits
Yellowstone National Park will begin accepting requests for 2017 firewood collection permits Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9.

March 27, 2017
Select Roads Open for Spring Bicycling
Bicyclists- Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride

March 17, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Temporary Parking Area at Midway Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposal to construct a temporary gravel parking area near the Fairy Falls Trailhead at Midway Geyser Basin.

March 15, 2017
First Bear Sighting of the Year
Early Wednesday morning, March 15, a park employee observed a grizzly bear between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt.

March 03, 2017
Roads in Yellowstone Begin to Close for Spring Plowing
Winter Visitor Season Ends Soon

March 03, 2017
Presenters Sought for Annual Winter Photo Festival
Yellowstone National Park calls on photographers to share their spectacular Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem winter photos at the 8th Annual Winter Photo Festival that will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center at 7 p.m.

February 17, 2017
New Yellowstone Science Highlights Native Trout Conservation
The latest issue of Yellowstone Science focuses on the efforts to restore native fish to Yellowstone National Park waterways. The articles provide opportunities to anyone who wants to learn more about the critical role native fish play in this dynamic ecosystem.

February 15, 2017
Yellowstone Recruiting for 2017 Youth Conservation Corps Program
How would you like to help Yellowstone while you work, learn, play, and serve in the world’s first national park? Yellowstone National Park is currently recruiting for the 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a residential work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18.

February 07, 2017
Bighorn Pass Trail Bridge Available for Use
The Bighorn Pass Trail bridge over the Gallatin River is available for use. The bridge is roughly a half mile from the Bighorn Pass Trailhead, near US-191, in the Northwestern section of the park.

January 30, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure at Mount Washburn & Other Park Areas
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposed project to construct an antenna mounting structure at the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout that would improve poor telecommunications services at the Old Faithful, Grant, Lake, and Canyon developed areas.

January 19, 2017
Three Defendants from the High On Life Group Plead Guilty
Three defendants from the Canadian group High On Life appeared Thursday, January 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.

January 17, 2017
2016 - A Year of Records
Visitation in Yellowstone National Park exceeded previous records with a total of 4,257,177 million visits in 2016.

January 06, 2017
Area Closure Instituted Around Stephens Creek
Beginning at noon Friday, January 6 (today), a temporary area closure around the Stephens Creek administrative area will go into effect.

December 20, 2016
Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan Available
Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan Available Online

December 13, 2016
Yellowstone’s Winter Season Starts December 15
Please Come Prepared!

November 17, 2016
Pat Kenney Named as New Deputy Superintendent
Superintendent Dan Wenk announced today that Patrick (Pat) Kenney has been selected as the new deputy superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Mr. Kenney will replace Steve Iobst, who retired at the end of September.

November 16, 2016
Yellowstone Forever News Release: Preserving the World’s First National Park
In order to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park for all time, the park’s official fundraising partner (Yellowstone Park Foundation) and education partner (Yellowstone Association) today announced the completion of a merger and official unveiling of the new organization as Yellowstone Forever (Yellowstone.org).

November 08, 2016
October Visitation Decreases: Visitation for First Ten Months of 2016 Surpasses 2015 Record
Visitation for First Ten Months of 2016 Surpasses 2015 Record.

November 07, 2016
Public Invited to GYCC Meeting / David Diamond Selected as New GYCC Coordinator
Federal land managers within the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) invite the public to join them in a conversation to help assess ecosystem issues and to build stronger relationships in the future. The meeting will be held on November 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cody Public Library in Cody, Wyoming.

November 04, 2016
USGS & NPS News Release: Study to Uncover Yellowstone's Subsurface Mysteries
New study investigates groundwater from the air.

November 03, 2016
Nearly All Entrances and Roads Close in Yellowstone Monday, Nov. 7
Park and Visitors Prepare for Winter

November 01, 2016
Two Defendants from the High on Life Group Plead Guilty
Five defendants from the Canadian group High On Life appeared Tuesday, November 1, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.

November 01, 2016
Yellowstone Seeks Comments on Shoshone Lake Trail Project
Yellowstone National Park is seeking comments for a proposed project to do standard trail realignment on the Shoshone Lake Trail in the southwest portion of the park.

October 25, 2016
Visitors Use Bear Spray & Deter Bear Encounter
No Injuries Occurred

October 12, 2016
September Visitation Increases by Three Percent
Visitation numbers for September increased in Yellowstone National Park.

October 04, 2016
Death of Former Superintendent Bob Barbee
Former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Bob Barbee passed away on Sunday, October 2, at home in Bozeman, MT with his wife of 58 years, Carol, by his side. He was 80 years old.

September 22, 2016
Significant 2016 Wildfire Season
Highest Number of Acres Burned for the Health & Benefit of the Park Since 1988

September 20, 2016
Visitors Invited to Watch & Learn about Hawks in Hayden Valley
Sunday, September 25, visitors are invited to celebrate the spectacle of raptor (bird of prey) migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley with Yellowstone Raptor Initiative volunteer Katy Duffy. The Hayden Valley Hawk Watch is a spectacular opportunity to observe and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration strategies.

September 16, 2016
Yellowstone To Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoint This Weekend
Park rangers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this weekend.

September 15, 2016
Presenters Sought for Annual Fall Photo Festival
Yellowstone National Park calls on photographers to share their spectacular Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem photos at the 14th Annual Fall Photo Festival that will be held September 22, 2016 at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center at 7 p.m.

September 14, 2016
Yellowstone Deputy Superintendent Steve Iobst to Retire
Steven F. Iobst, deputy superintendent of Yellowstone National Park has announced his retirement after over 42 years of continuous service with the National Park Service. He will retire September 30, 2016.

September 13, 2016
Fire Restrictions Lifted in Yellowstone National Park, Fire Danger is High
Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger throughout Yellowstone National Park. Effective at noon on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, park officials will lift fire restrictions inside the park’s boundaries.

September 09, 2016
New Citizens Sworn in at Naturalization Ceremony in Yellowstone National Park
On Wednesday, September 7, Yellowstone National Park hosted a ceremony for 35 immigrants as they became official US citizens. The Honorable Mark L. Carman, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming, held court at the base of the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces.

September 09, 2016
Public Invited to Volunteer for National Public Lands Day Projects
Entrance fee waived for all visitors Saturday, September 24.

September 07, 2016
August Visitation Decreases Slightly
Visitation numbers for August decreased slightly in Yellowstone National Park.

September 07, 2016
Fire Restrictions Lowered in Yellowstone National Park
Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger throughout Yellowstone. Effective at noon on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, park officials will lower the current fire restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1

September 02, 2016
Road Segment between Mammoth Hot Springs & Norris Junction to Close
Closure effective September 11 - October 7, 2016

September 01, 2016
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect
Extended hot and dry weather and ongoing wildfire activity has prompted Yellowstone National Park to implement Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective at noon Thursday, September 1, 2016.

August 30, 2016
Yellowstone Opens Lottery for Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for 2016-2017
Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, September 1, for those interested in obtaining a permit for a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park during the 2016-2017 winter season.

August 26, 2016
Fatality at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Early on August 26, a park concession employee fell to her death from Grand View Point above the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

August 23, 2016
Happy Birthday National Park Service!
Yellowstone National Park is celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service with a series of special programs and events.

August 19, 2016
NPS Response to Closure of Yellowstone River Outside the Park / Soda Butte Creek Project Will Continue to Restore Cutthroat Trout
Due to an ongoing and unprecedented fish kill, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) has implemented a full closure of all water-based recreation on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries north of Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner, Montana.

August 19, 2016
Register Now for the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!
Conference registration is now open for the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).

August 12, 2016
(MEDIA ADVISORY) An Evening at the Arch: Yellowstone Celebrates the National Park Service Centennial
Yellowstone National Park and its partners will host a very special Centennial event – An Evening at the Arch - to kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, and recognize the completion of the Gardiner Gateway Project (Phase One).

August 09, 2016
July Visitation Increases Slightly
Park Begins Visitor Survey Effort in August

August 09, 2016
Maple Fire Detected by Smokejumper Aircraft
Fire Does Not Pose a Threat to Park Visitors

August 08, 2016
Fire Restrictions in Effect Due to Extreme Fire Danger
Continued hot, dry weather and recent wildfire activity inside and outside the park has prompted Yellowstone National Park to implement Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at noon Monday, August 8, 2016.

August 07, 2016
Fawn Fire Grows to 900 Acres
Fire Does Not Pose a Threat to Park Visitors

August 06, 2016
Smoke Visible from Fawn Fire
Fire Does Not Pose a Threat to Park Visitors.

July 27, 2016
Vandal Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for Carving into Iconic Roosevelt Arch
Dakota D. Tipton, 26, of Joshua, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, for carving his initials into the iconic Roosevelt Arch. U.S Magistrate Judge Mark Carman ordered Tipton to serve three days in jail, pay a $250 restitution fee for repairs, and $40 in court fees.

July 25, 2016
Jennifer Carpenter Named Yellowstone Center for Resources Chief
Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk announced today that Jennifer Carpenter has been selected as the park’s new chief of the Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR). Carpenter has been acting chief since her predecessor, David Hallac, left Yellowstone in late 2014 to become the superintendent of the Outer Banks Group in North Carolina.

Last updated: June 15, 2017

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