Yellowstone National Park rests beneath a blanket – much earned respite from the nearly 4.2 million visits it now typically accommodates. If the trend holds from 2012-17, visits will crawl to just about 20,000 this winter - a sharp decline from the almost 2.5 million occurring June, July and August, on average.
Yellowstone National Park
Before local photographer Dave Pecunies began snapping photos professionally, he found himself on the flip side of the photo.
The sun is low when the grizzly bear appears. I whip my skis sideways and stop. It isn’t the first time I’ve encountered a grizzly while skiing. Actually, this is the fourth one I’ve seen in the past half hour.
The famed geographer Henry Gannett was about 50 feet from the top of an unexplored summit not far from Big Sky on a stormy July day when he felt an electrical current pass through his body.
On July 23, Yellowstone National Park hosted local press organizations to review and summarize information related to the huge YNP fires that occurred 30 years ago this summer.
Custer Gallatin National Forest just announced a community meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Community Protestant Church, 505 N. Electric St., in West Yellowstone.
Fire managers will give a short overview and update of the Bacon Rind Fire.
A lightning storm passing over a 9,000-foot ridge south of Big Sky on July 16 might have sparked the Bacon Rind Fire, which wasn’t detected until Friday, July 20.
Two hand crews, including some from the Forest Service’s Sioux Ranger District based in Camp Cook, S.D., are posted up at the Bacon Rind Trailhead watching the blaze and waiting to deploy if necessary.
“The least studied species in Yellowstone National Park is the human,” quipped Dan Wenk, as he delivered a stream of provocative insights to those gathered for the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Black Diamond Awards on June 26.
It’s a charismatic flower that can grow more than six feet tall and produce several hundred flowers. It draws energy from a sophisticated taproot system promoting patience and longevity.