Yellowstone National Park: New Grizzly Bear Regulations

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are making headlines. They are proposing to remove grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This act is known as delisting. In 1975, grizzly bears were designated, threatened and/or listed with extinction.

Grizzlies have made an astounding recovery. The population has increased from 136 to approximately 700. Scientists however believe that the Yellowstone grizzly population has recovered and has ultimately reached its capacity for native grizzlies. This means that the efforts to help reduce conflicts with people and grizzlies have reached its maximum endeavor.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act. In consultation with tribes, agencies, the public and states, they make all decisions related to listing and delisting the status of animals on the Endangered Species Act. The National Park Service helps to review any proposals the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes, but they do not make any decisions.

Delisting grizzly bears means that hunting would be legal outside the boundaries of the national parks provided it would fall within the state management plans. If grizzly bears are delisted, hunting will still be prohibited within the boundaries of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. However, surrounding states, such as Wyoming, Idaho and Montana may manage state bear hunts, just as they are permitted to do with other species, such as wolves, deer, elk and pronghorn antelopes. National Parks are requesting that states focus hunts on areas with high levels of human-bear conflicts and further away from park boundaries.

Overall, the management of bears will not change in any National Parks. The National Parks will continue to follow any long-term monitoring programs in place, including Bear Management Plans. The National Parks value the tens of million of dollars that wildlife viewing brings to the area. They are also very proud to be part of helping maintain the grizzly population and making sure that it thrives within the parks’ boundaries.

Always practice bear safety to help reduce the chances of encountering a bear while in the park. This includes checking with a visitor center or backcountry office about recent bear activity before setting out for any hikes.

Travelers should also know what to do if they unexpectedly encounter a bear, which also includes taking precautions and looking for scat and fresh tracks.

West Yellowstone campgrounds offer overnight accommodations outside the park. Yellowstone Holiday also offers a Yellowstone RV park and Hebgen Lake lodging.

References:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/bearesa.htm

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/bearsafety.htm

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Historical and Scientific Facts about Yellowstone National Park

  • Yellowstone encompasses 3,472 square miles, which equals a total of 2,221,766 acres. It also occupies three states: Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
  • Yellowstone is a designated World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve.
  • Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake in North America at the highest elevation of over 7,000 feet.
  • Many visitors wonder what the “rotten egg” smell is at some of the mud volcanoes. It comes from hydrogen sulfide, meaning sulfur, which also gives these areas their gray colors.
  • Native Americans used Obsidian Cliff for centuries to quarry obsidian for tools and trade. Obsidian from this site has been found a far east as Ohio. Today, Obsidian Cliff is a National Historic Monument.
  • At 28,000 square acres, or 44 square miles, Yellowstone is the largest complete intact temperate ecosystem in the entire world.
  • Yellowstone has the largest, free-roaming herd of bison in the world.
  • Henry Teller, the Secretary of the Interior, officially banned hunting within Yellowstone in 1883.
  • The 47-mile road east from Mammoth to Tower-Roosevelt junction to the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone is the only highway open through the winter.
  • NASA and geologist Bob Christiansen worked together using high-altitude photographs to explore Yellowstone’s massive caldera and eruption that occurred more than 640,000 years ago. This eruption covers more than half of Yellowstone’s land mass.
  • The tallest and most predictable geyser at Yellowstone is the Grand Geyser. Climbing to 200 feet, this geyser blows twice daily for an average of 12 to 20 minutes.
  • In 1988, more than 51 separate fires burned more than 36% of the park, equivalent to 800,000 acres. Today, the seedlings have grown back, but remnants of these fires are still visible in some areas.
  • The Yellowstone River remains the longest undammed river in the continental 48 states at 692 miles.
  • The oldest standing building in Yellowstone is Lake Yellowstone Hotel, which dates back to 1889.
  • As a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, John Colter, was the first Caucasian to see Yellowstone in 1807.
  • Archeologists believe that the first human presence in Yellowstone dates to more than 11,000 years ago. Scientists found an obsidian spear, which gave them this healthy clue.
  • Yellowstone Lake is home to the largest population of cutthroat trout in North America.

For visitors to the area, it is important to book stays early. Yellowstone National Park attracts millions of visitors annually. Yellowstone Holiday is located outside the West Entrance to Yellowstone. They offer Yellowstone campgrounds, West Yellowstone RV Parks and Hebgen Lake cabin rentals.

References:

http://facts.randomhistory.com/yellowstone-facts.html

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Mind-blowing Sights in Yellowstone National Park

By Anna Gentry

I have visited Yellowstone National Park three times in three separate decades. Yellowstone’s sights and wonders are never monotonous, always leaving me awe-struck and longing for more. Highlighted below are six sights that are guaranteed to keep you returning to Yellowstone decade after decade.

  • Norris Geyser Basin – This miraculous geothermal area was formed around 100,000 B.C. It is America’s oldest continuously active geothermal area and is the hottest geyser basin within all of Yellowstone. I know I may be a science and history geek, but just knowing I have visited a natural wonder that has not ceased to disappoint, producing geothermal activity for thousands of years just blows me away. Quite simply, there is no other place on earth quite this fantastic.
  • Boiling River – The Boiling River flows into the Gardiner River, where hot and cold-water mix into pools along the river’s edge. This is one of the very few places within the park’s boundaries where it is safe to swim. I remember the first time I saw this river. The roaring boil of aquamarine waters that merge with the cool river to create nature’s ideal hot tub is enchanting, especially considering the backdrop attracts wild antelope, elk and bighorn sheep. This is the height of nature.
  • Old Faithful – I have participated in the stadium-style seating at Old Faithful twice. The last time, I took the trek to Observation Point. The views are stunning, the crowds are obsolete and there is no other place I will ever view Old Faithful again. The panoramic views of the entire geyser basin are peace, tranquil and just as nature intended this area for viewing – in complete peaceful silence. While Old Faithful is commercialized, it is still a necessary must see.
  • Grand Prismatic Spring – If there is ever a picture that captures 1,000 words, it is a photo of Grand Prismatic Spring. As a child, I would lie for hours and look at nature and history books. Grand Prismatic Spring had a way of drawing me in to its clear aquamarine waters, deep crevices and brilliant rainbow tones. My imagination would soar and I would try to connect all the dots, thinking a puzzle would emerge. Seeing this spring in person is simply visiting a work of art. The captivating colors blend and the deep caverns are hypnotic. The clear pools of water pull you in, as your body feels both elated and drawn into a meditative trance.
  • The Lamar Valley – I love animals so visiting Lamar Valley has always been high on my list. Every visit is different. Sometimes I have only seen abundant herds of bison, while other times I have captured pictures of bighorn sheep tucked high in the mountains. Full of wildlife, this is also bear country, so keep your eyes open.
  • The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – A remarkable sight, this colorful canyon is well worth the 2-1/2 mile hike that affords spectacular views of waterfalls that plunge deep into the canyon’s river.

For affordable West Yellowstone camping or Yellowstone RV park options, visit Yellowstone Holiday.

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Practice Leave No Trace in Yellowstone National Park

For more than 144 years, visitors have been enjoying the pristine beauty of Yellowstone National Park. To help keep the park intact for future generations, Leave No Trace offers the following recommendations.

  • Yellowstone National Park has infrequent stopping areas for drinks and food. Be sure to bring enough supplies for the days’ adventures.
  • Always read up any park rules and regulations, which includes having a map handy. Never rely on using a cellular device, as many remote areas do not have signals.
  • Always avoid spreading invasive species. This may include sticking to durable surfaces, or checking out the bottom of boats or float tubes before fishing.
  • If walking on a trail, avoid stepping off the designated trail area. Damage to delicate wildflowers or vegetation can cause them to not grow back, which can seriously damage the ecosystem.
  • It is important to always respect rules and property by traveling or walking on designated trails.
  • Help keep parks clean. Always dispose of garbage, wrappers and plastic. This makes parks clean and helps ensure that animals do not eat items that could hurt their digestive systems.
  • As always, if you pack it in, pack it out!
  • Never put food, waste or soap in any water sources. This can harm animals and fish.
  • Never take physical souvenirs. Take photographs instead. Souvenirs or other physical mementos take pieces of the natural environment, leaving little for animals.
  • Do not carve into trees or damage living plants.
  • Always check fire regulations if staying overnight. If fire rings exist, keep fires small. Never burn food or trash, and avoid transporting wood from other locations. Foreign wood could contain diseases or other non-native insect species.
  • Wildlife should not consume human food. It encourages habituation, which can create many issues. If animals become too friendly with humans, this can cause required relocation or necessitate them being put down.
  • Always bring binoculars to view wildlife and maintain a safe distance.
  • Never feed or approach wildlife. This is strictly prohibited.
  • Store scented and food items securely to avoid attracting animals.
  • Always be considerate of other visitors.
  • Avoid taking up large trail spaces and allow faster groups to pass.
  • Try to be quiet and respect nature.

Yellowstone Holiday offers a peaceful retreat from the Yellowstone National Park crowds. They are located outside the West Entrance to the park and offer Hebgen Lake cabin rentals, Hebgen lake camping and a West Yellowstone RV park.

References:

https://lnt.org/blog/leave-no-trace-frontcountry-environments-0

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Yellowstone’s Breaking April News

The UFO community has just released an alert that Yellowstone National Park is a top-secret underground alien base. With grainy footage in hand, conspiracy forums have released images that have gone viral in their communities.

According to conspiracy theorists, in late February 2016, a glowing orb flew across the sky near Old Faithful. Only moments later, a green flash of light appeared. The green flash of light lit up the area around Old Faithful for several seconds. There are no first-hand confirmations that comic legend Green Lantern made an appearance.

According to UFO experts, it was impossible for this extraterrestrial light to be created by humans, streetlights, car lights or walkway lights. Additionally, nothing is lit up around the geyser mounds after dark, unless it is possible for all the tourists’ lost flashlights to start their own rave parties.

With Yellowstone having no threat of an imminent eruption, conspiracy theorists say this light was not the result of any increased geologic activities. However, some skeptics believe this light could have been a streaking meteor.

However, the alien and UFO community is insistent that an alien UFO or spaceship crashed. They refer back to the park’s recent mysterious events, strange lights and the footage showing a UFO exploding over park territory. Please note that no animals have reported any injuries in the making of these films.

Conspiracy theorists are insistent there is a large government-UFO base beneath Old Faithful, which is why UFO hunters regularly see strange lights at nighttime. They also claim that is impossible for Yellowstone to experience so many reoccurring random fireballs.

Most of the UFO community believes that the alien base in Yellowstone is a joint government-alien project that also links to Area 51 in Nevada.

These conspiracy therapists also claim that there is a large cave in the northern boundary of the park, nicknamed “American Pompeii,” which houses ancient human cave dweller and animal species artifacts. They claim the cave includes pieces of a flying saucer and part of a Yeti toe.

The government has no comment on these rumors, nor have they substantiated any of the information in this article.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

For visitors that do want to experience Yellowstone, Yellowstone Holiday offers the luxuries of West Yellowstone RV parks, Hebgen Lake lodging and abundant family-style amenities.

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Interesting Facts about Yellowstone National Park

Attention all trivia junkies! Here are some fascinating facts about Yellowstone National Park!

  • Did you know that Yellowstone was the world’s first national park? However, unlike many people believe, Theodore Roosevelt did not establish the park. Congress and President Grant created it in 1872.
  • Nearly everyone is familiar with Old Faithful, but did you know that Yellowstone National Park encompasses nearly half of the world’s geothermal features? In fact, the park includes nearly 500 geysers, 10,000 thermal features, mudpots and hot springs.
  • Old Faithful is actually not the park’s largest geyser. Old Faithful can only shoot 200 feet high, but Steamboat Geyser can shoot up to 300 feet. However, Steamboat Geyser has unpredictable eruption times. In fact, since 1991, it has only erupted eight times, with eruptions varying from 30 days to nine years.
  • The Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition in the 1880s once used Old Faithful as a laundromat. The geyser actually cleaned cotton and linen well, but the expedition soon discovered that the geyser’s eruptions shredded wool clothes.
  • The Thorofare Ranger Station is reported to be the most remote occupied dwelling in the lower 48 states. Located more than 32 miles from any dwelling or road, a park ranger must travel by horse to reach this station.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it is very uncommon for humans to be killed by bears in Yellowstone. Rumors blindly fly around, especially when visiting the park, however, animals try to keep their distance from humans, provided humans respect animals’ spaces. This does not mean bears do not kill humans. In fact, in 2015, a bear was responsible for killing a man, while trying to defend her cubs.
  • Yellowstone experiences more than 2,000 earthquakes a year. In 1959, an earthquake between 7.3 and 7.5 created new geysers, destroyed roads and caused a landslide that killed 28 people.
  • Yellowstone is a super volcano. The three most recent eruptions occurred 2.1 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago and 640,000 years ago. These eruptions all contributed to forming the Snake River Plain. Scientists believe that molten lava exists as few as two miles below the surface of the park.
  • Yellow’s Grand Canyon is only one of 300 waterfalls within the boundary of the national park. The canyon reaches up to a half-mile in width and features an array of browns, reds and oranges.

Yellowstone Holiday is located outside the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. As the park is exceptionally crowded, it is peaceful for visitors to unwind each day after visiting different areas within the park. Yellowstone Holiday offers Hebgen Lake cabins, Yellowstone campgrounds and Yellowstone RV parks.

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Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is open year-round; however, access is very limited due to snowfall and harsh weather conditions. In fact, most roads are only open to snowmobiles and snow coaches. The only exception is the road between the north and northeast entrance, which is open to traffic year-round. The other park’s entrances opening dates vary depending upon weather conditions.

Peak travel season is during the summer, when the Grand Loop is easy to travel. Most animals give birth in the spring or early summer.

It is important to always remember to pull into a designated pullout area to view wildlife. This prevents traffic delays and obstructions, which helps keep the park running smoothly.

Travelers should also bring binoculars to view wildlife. Some wildlife is far from roads and only viewable in the distance, especially big horn sheep, herds of antelope, wolves or grizzly bears.

In fact, bison injure more visitors than any other animals in the park each year. Regulations require visitors to the park to stay 100 yards away from bears and a minimum of 25 yards away from elk or bison. Feeding any wild animal is strictly prohibited.

Yellowstone weather can be unpredictable. Due to the high elevation, summers can be hot one day, while it is snowing the next. Visitors to the park need to pack layers of clothing, sunscreen and continuously check current road and weather conditions before traveling. It is important to plan and travel with water too.

The park also offers disabled access. The park’s website and visitor area offer maps for wheelchair-friendly trails.

Visitors need to stay on marked trails help protect fragile plant and fauna habitat, as well as to protect them from boiling temperatures around geothermal areas.

Visitor centers, which are located throughout the park, offer information and maps on Yellowstone’s ecology and geology exhibits.

Yellowstone Holiday is approximately 15 minutes from Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance. Featuring a convenient location to restaurants, museums, a Yellowstone RV park and Yellowstone RV camping, visitors can escape the park’s crowds and unwind at night.

The facilities at Yellowstone Holiday also include Hebgen Lake cabins and lodging. Nearby activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other historic sites.

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NEWS RELEASE

Bob MacKinnon, GuestRated.com
(877) 707-7080
bob@guestrated.com
Ellen Hodgson
Yellowstone Holiday
(877) 646-4242
info@yellowstoneholiday.com

YELLOWSTONE HOLIDAY RECEIVES AN “A” GRADE
IN THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CONSUMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

            Yellowstone, MT, March 1, 2016 – Yellowstone Holiday was one of only 34 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country to earn an all around “A” grade in the seventh annual GuestRated™ satisfaction survey of RV parks and campgrounds.  This Yellowstone Holiday-site park, located at 16990 Hebgen Lake Road, received an “A” grade in overall satisfaction from their guests during 2015.

More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the GuestRated.com online survey, grading their experiences at nearly 4,000 individual RV parks and campgrounds.

“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 34 winners this year represent less than 1% of all of the nation’s campgrounds.” said Bob MacKinnon, President and CEO of GuestRated.com, the company that compiled the results of the nationwide online reviews.

MacKinnon suggests that campers visit the “Best Rated Parks” page at www.guestrated.com to see where each award-winning park is located and view their individual web pages.

Camping enthusiasts are also encouraged to submit their own reviews of the campgrounds and RV resorts they have recently visited by going to www.guestrated.com and clicking on the “Rate a Park” tab.  Each park receiving reviews displays a GuestRated™ Report Card showing the current year’s ratings along with comments from individual campers.  Review results are also widely promoted by various campground directory websites, including Camping.com, Campgrounds.com, Camp-California.com, NYCampgrounds.com, TexasCampgrounds.com, and GoCampingAmerica.com.

Former Disney Company executive Bob MacKinnon established the online review program in 2007 as a way to help public and privately operated campgrounds measure guest satisfaction and prioritize improvements.  For more information about the GuestRated program, please contact Bob MacKinnon of GuestRated.com at (877) 707-7080 or bob@guestrated.com.

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Yellowstone National Park: Helps Combat Bison Extinction

America was once the land of plenty, inhabited by countless numbers of bison. Buffalo were significant to the Native Americans that roamed the prairies and plains. In fact, the near-extinction of the buffalo is among one of the most significant stories that affected the history of the environment in North America.

Buffalo once freely roamed the entire continent, grazing from Canada to Mexico. The most concentrated areas of bison population were western grasslands. By the time Europeans settled in America, buffalo were extinct east of the Mississippi by 1833.

Native Americans used the entire buffalo, including the hides, hair, sinew, horns, hoofs, tibias, bones, ribs, brains, fat, feces, teeth, intestines, gallstones and reproductive organs. Bison were an essential component to Native American survival.

The bison chase or kill involved an entire community of hunters and included several different techniques. Some Native American tribes drove buffalos over steep embankments, while others simply lay in wait for the kill.

The decline of bison largely occurred in the 19th century. The cause is contributed to several factors, including humans and wolves, fires, disease, climate changes and competition from horses over grasslands. The most significant reasons the buffalo nearly became extinct included the railroads, which expanded the population, and buffalo commodities, such as meat, skin, robes and tongues.

Railroads made it easy for sportsmen and farmers to transport buffalo hides. Within a mere three years, more than 4 to 5 million buffalo were slaughtered and by the fall of 1883, the commercial hunt was finished. The final shipment of hides was in 1884 and Native Americans were confined to reservations.

More than 100 years later, buffalo have finally returned from the brink of extinction. Thanks to the plentiful grasslands within Yellowstone National Park, buffalo herds are roaming freely and naturally reproducing.

When visitors travel to Yellowstone, they can witness nature’s beauty, as untouched and preserved as the Native Americans saw this vast wilderness years ago. Herds of buffalo freely roam and baby bison are abundant in the summertime.

Visitors will want to book their trips early. Yellowstone RV parks or Yellowstone campgrounds are often full. Staying outside the park is often easier, which is why Yellowstone Holiday features abundant accommodations and activities and is located close to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Holiday makes it simple to book a trip. Simply log online to the website and book a RV site, camping cabin or cottage.

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Forgo “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and Book a Yellowstone Holiday Exclusive Cabin Part 2 of 2

By Anna Gentry

My first night staying within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park is frightening. I felt as though staying at Uncle Eddie’s house in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” would be far cleaner and more sanitary.

If you have not already noticed, my dad does not like to spend money. So, when he thought about having another fishcation and a cheap un-insulated shack within the park’s borders, he jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, for him his desire to spend less money feeding us and hauling coolers took priority over him leaving his fishing gear at home or finding us better sleeping quarters.

I could not sleep in these horrible camping areas. I was terrified creatures would eat our dog. Buffalo’s snorting in the windows and urinating outside was common, as were other large creatures of the night. I could hear them as I was lying in bed at night. I also knew the reason they removed all the mirrors in the cabin was because if you said, “Candyman” five times in the mirror, someone was going to be fed to an animal. For this reason, I only enjoy my days at Yellowstone Park, fearful of the nights.

My dad has already planned our entire trip. In true dad-style, no unscheduled stops are allowed. My dad grows more irritated as he stops at streams and begins to “hunt” the fish. Growing up fishing, I agree they are mammoth trout and I see the drool wetting my dad’s mustache, but then I consider that is more likely sweat in this 104-degree temperature.

The complaining starts. He should have brought his fishing rod. Now that us ravaging teenagers eat half the food, of course, there is extra room in the car and my dad cannot seem to remember why he did not pack his gear. I feel certain I have no embarrassing surprises in store. At least we did not have a specific destination, such as Clark Griswold did in “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” I am just a teenager that has to listen to my dad complain the rest of the trip how he should have brought his fishing gear. I decide to start keeping a journal at night to drown out the complaints.

We visit the West Entrance one day, the East Entrance another day and the South Entrance into the Grand Tetons is our grand finale.

Overall, on our trip we survive a minor earthquake, the worst living quarters I have ever been subjected to and my dad complaining non-stop it is painful not having a fishcation.

My dad takes 30 rolls of film. When we arrive to the Grand Tetons, he leans forward and the entire lens on the camera falls forward six inches. That is when he learned he should listen to my mom and watch the instructional video. He really did purchase an expensive zoom camera after all.

I have been back to Yellowstone National Park twice in the past two decades. There is something so incredible about the beauty of this great park that it lures your soul to nature. I, however, have never stayed in those horrible cabins again. If I ever get my dad to take another
fishcation in another state, we will stay in Hebgen Lake cabin rentals while he spends his days fulfilling his dreams of fly-fishing in Hebgen Lake. This is one circumstance where we will both be satisfied with the results and fishcation.

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