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A First-Timers’ Guide to Visiting Yellowstone National Park

June 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

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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Road Trip to These 5 National Forests for Fantastic Fall Foliage

October 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

Tuesday, September 23 marked the first official day of Autumn and, while some parts of our nation are still basking in overly Summer-y temperatures, the mercury is dropping in others. This is the time of year that Mother Nature sheds her green clothes in lieu of a more vibrant and colorful wardrobe and there's no better place than to witness this in our National Parks and Forests.

These protected pockets of nature are devoted to conservation and education efforts, not to mention they provide a dazzling kaleidoscope of hues once the season changes. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of the the best places for scoring a few captivating snaps of this fall phenomenon:

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Wish You Were Here: The Middle of Nowhere in Wyoming

March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | ()

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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Wish You Were Here: The Wide, Open Spaces of Wyoming

September 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

The summer travel season may be just about over, but that can't stop us from getting out of dodge to bask in the wide open spaces of the wild, wild west. Typically travelers think of heading south, to a Caribbean island or Mexican resort, for some seclusion and relaxation, but why not WY? To be more specific, we've found all this and more just outside Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

This adventure involves nature, scenic vistas, clean fresh air, and the absence of anything that has to do with a city; fine by us! While not technically considered 'Big Sky Country' (that's Montana), we aren't too far from the state line and the skies are pretty ginormous.

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Cody, Wyoming: More Than Horses in the Rodeo Capital of the World

September 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by | ()

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.

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A Tiny Terminal with a Big Heart: Yellowstone Airport

July 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

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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Wish You Were Here: Yellowstone National Park

June 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

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 of—Yellowstone 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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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Yellowstone National Park

April 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

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.

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Get INTO the Cold: Bozeman, Montana

February 8, 2010 at 12:32 PM | by | ()

Trying to flee the freezing temperatures sweeping across the country is natural, but predictable. Instead, do what folks in these frigid destinations do—embrace it and Get INTO the Cold. The trick to staying toasty is chill-killing gear and lots of bone warming activity. So stop moping around waiting for summer to arrive and head to these five crazy cold places and get your winter wonderland on.

Bozeman, Montana

Cold Meter: Moderate:
Temps can drop into the teens around these parts and coupled with snow, it’s a ski and snowboarding nirvana. This college town (though largely homogenous) is an hour away from the pricey Big Sky area and the general mission is providing affordable winter fun for its active locals.

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National Parks Travel: Preserving the Air in Yellowstone

September 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

There was a victory of sorts this week for Yellowstone National Park: A federal judge shot down the government's plan to allow more than 500 snowmobiles into the park each day during the winter.

The main issue is that the park is still technically too dirty to meet the national park standards. Banning snowmobiles will at least help somewhat in cleaning up the park's air quality.

The judge in the case actually referred to the Organic Act, signed in 1916, which set the groundwork for the mission of the national parks. On your next trip to the park, you're going to need to throw the dog sled in the back of the pick-up instead.

Related Stories:
· Protecting Yellowstone from Snowmobiles [LAT]
· National Parks coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: GGeter]

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WiFi Wednesday: Yellowstone Park Vacation Edition

May 30, 2007 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

Yellowstone National Park may be the iconic summer vacation spot for families. (Probably because of views like that one, above.) We don't have to tell you about what's happening at the park, but we do have to tell you that you'll only have to be isolated in nature if that's your thing.

That's because Yellowstone Regional Airport--about 50 miles from the park in Cody, WY--has free WiFi for your Internet-obsessed family. Now you certainly won't be getting stuck on a rough layover at YRA with hours to kill. (The airport has only a handful of flights.) But we have to applaud free 'net service anywhere we find it.

If you need to look up some last-minute geocaches or park info, this is the place. Once you're in the park, you won't even be getting online with your BlackBerry as cell service, let alone wireless, is hard to come by.

[Photo: Marc Shandro]

Related Stories:
· Yellowstone National Park [Official Site]
· WiFi Wednesday: Take That, MKE Edition
· Airport WiFi coverage [Jaunted]
· World's Best National Parks Map [Jaunted]