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What to Know Before You Go
Yellowstone was the country’s first official national park, set aside and declared as such by President Grant in 1872. It is regarded worldwide for its constant volcanic activity, which manifests itself mostly in the form of thermal geysers, and for its dramatic collection of wildlife, including bison, elk, grizzly bears, and wolves. The Yellowstone Caldera, the underground source and force behind the park’s geothermal features, is the largest super volcano on the planet. When it erupted previously, its ash was found all the way down in Mexico. Earthquakes are quite common in the park, and the general consensus amongst scientists is that Yellowstone is, relatively speaking, “overdue” for another eruption.
Over 95% of Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, with the remaining area crossing over into Montana and Idaho. There are five entrances: The North Entrance in Gardner, MT, open year round; The Northeast Entrance in Cooke City, MT, opens late May; The East Entrance in Cody, WY, opens mid-May; The South Entrance in Jackson, WY, opens mid-May; and the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, opens late April.
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Everyone always talks about taking "the road less traveled." Well, just in time for prime summer road trips, have we got a barely traveled road to suggest: the route to Wyoming's ghost town of Kirwin.
Just outside Cody, known as the gateway to Yellowstone, is the Shoshone National Forest. it's here you'll find the abandoned mining town nestled in an alpine meadow. Originally incorporated in the late 1880s by William Kirwin and Harry Adams, the village saw its heyday in 1902 when the population reached about 200.
One of the best things about traveling is riding down roads less-traveled and one state in the U.S.A that's perfect for doing that is Wyoming. It's one of the least densely populated states and offers up a big sky and gorgeous surroundings, not to mention a little slice of the wild, wild West. Fresh air, mountain scenery, outdoor adventures and wildlife are all in the cards for a trip to this western state.
We snapped this shot while out riding the plains, not on horseback, but four-wheelers. Just about an hour from Yellowstone National Park and a view of never-ending prairie land in front, we thought this "little" cabin was a perfect image to represent the area.
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The wild, wild west. It's really not all that wild anymore. Some may constitute any place west of the Mississippi River "The West," so we are going to narrow down the large area to a small town in Wyoming named Cody. Remember this quaint little airport? It's here.
Cody is named for William Frederick Cody (whom you may know better as Buffalo Bill Cody) to honor his part in creating this town with a whole lot of character. Full of history and even more tall tales, it serves as a gateway for thousands of travelers on their way to see the wonderment of Yellowstone National Park. For those of you who might tire quickly of the bear and moose sightings, the town offers some alternatives.
The Sierra Club has more than 300 eco-trips planned through next year, most of which give participants a chance to give back, while getting back to nature.
Among the club's upcoming outings is a service trip to the Popo Agie Wilderness in Wyoming where volunteers will repair trails and footbridges, build water bars, check dams, and fix rock walls. Guests will work for four days and have one day off to fish, hike, climb, and relax.
As much as we love strolling through an airport with wide open space and lots of concessions, there is a soft spot in our hearts for small regional airports that not only handle far fewer passengers, but reflect the local charm. Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD) certainly falls into the latter category.
On a recent visit out west, we flew into the newly rebuilt airport and, we have to say, were quite impressed. The shiny new terminal is only 18 months old, first opening their gates to regional jets at the beginning of December 2010. This is not your typical airport; think about parking directly in front of the terminal and waiting in one line to enter the secure area. Like we said, lots of charm.
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Go West, young man.
This week we headed for the hills, if you can call them hills. These mountains are located in the northwest corner of Wyoming in a little place you may have heard ofYellowstone National Park. It's chapter in history is a large one; the park itself was the first plot of land in the world set aside for conservation and for the enjoyment of the people.
Our wild west adventure began upon touchdown in Billings, Montana before we continued on to the small town of Cody, Wyoming. This can easily be considered the gateway to Yellowstone but don't be fooled by the terrain, as it has all the modern comforts of home.
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Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements, but because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip.
When Uncle Sam hopefully probably maybe gives you back some hard earned cash this year, a great way to spend it is on a travel experience that thanks the USA for the cash. Go with Yellowstone National Park, as it's not only the the first American national park, but the world's first plot of land devoted to nature and preserving it's beauty.
The Grand Targhee Resort, outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, just received another eco-honor. Skiing magazine has just named Targhee The Greenest Ski Resort as part of their Skiing's Green All Stars report. The honor was bestowed on Targhee for their efforts to reduce its emissions. The resort is retrofitting buildings, upgrading transportation and recycling programs, and constructing a greenhouse to grow fresh vegetables to help reduce the 2,958 metric tons of CO2 they use each year.
Targhee was also awarded Clif Bar’s 2009 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence by the National Ski Areas Association. “We got that award for our work on our greenhouse gas inventory,” Christina Thomure, Targhee’s director of sustainable operations said. “You have to report every source of emissions you have. Even when our employees go off site and travel, we report the mileage and estimate the amount of gasoline that’s used.”
It's not wonder she chose this remote resort, since Red Reflet Guest Ranch caters to families, like the Gosselins, and can be reserved for groups as large as 26; they could even fit the whole Dugger clan without a problem. And the ranch has plenty of activities to keep little cowboys and cowgirls busy like horseback rising, hiking, fly fishing, swimming, cattle work, mountain biking and nightly star gazing.