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January 26, 2015
Fee Change for Overnight Backcountry Use Permits
The park service will be announcing an increase in fees collected for the backcountry use permits on all overnight backpacking trips within Yellowstone. As soon as we have the updated information we will pass along these fee changes.

January 25, 2015
Trail Guides Yellowstone was recently featured on “The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country.” This is a YouTube channel featuring new and original content from the state of Montana. The video was produced and filmed for The Montana Experience by Nestbox Collective.

January 6, 2015
2015 Spring Road Opening Dates

April 17: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon
May 1: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass)
May 8: Lake to South Entrance; Tower Junction to Tower Fall
May 22: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass); Beartooth Highway
June 11: Old Faithful to West Thumb (Craig Pass)

Weather permitting, roads open at 8 am. Changes and delays are always possible.

December 29, 2014
Upcoming Events in West Yellowstone
January 3 - Free Ski and Try Biathlon Day:
January 16 & 17 - Fun Run Sled Dog Races:
January 16-18 - West Yellowstone NAIFC Ice Fishing Qualifier
January 17 - Junior National Ski Qualifier:

December 21, 2014
Yellowstone Geyser Eruption Predictions Now Available On Your Smartphone and Tablet

The largest concentration of active geysers in the world—approximately half of the world’s total—are found in Yellowstone.
You can now discover the natural wonder of the most famous geyser of all, Old Faithful, and other geysers with a free app that you can use during your visit to the park and at home. The new app will help you find out when Old Faithful and five other predictable geysers could erupt.
The app also features a link to a webcam so that you can view live eruptions of Old Faithful and other nearby geysers. The FAQ section provides answers to several of the frequently asked questions that explain how a few geysers can be predicted and other fascinating details about Yellowstone’s geysers.
You can follow the Social Media Feed and see what’s happening in Yellowstone by browsing the park’s Twitter, YouTube and Flickr sites. Because every eruption is different, the app’s Photo Gallery contains an array of geyser eruption photos.
The NPS Geysers app was developed in partnership with Dr. Brett Oppegaard, Washington State University (Vancouver) and University of Hawaii, and the National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park and Harpers Ferry Center. The app was made possible, in part, by a donation from Canon USA, Inc., through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
The NPS Geysers app is now available in the Google Play Store and in the Apple App Store.

December 13, 2014
The Yellowstone Association Institute is offering a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course January 4-5, 2015, at their headquarters in Gardiner, Montana. The 16-hour certification course is essential for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals who want to learn the basics of emergency care in remote settings. Learn to assess patients and treat shock, fractures and dislocations, hypothermia, altitude illness, and more from Wilderness Medicine Institute staff. No previous certification is required. This course may also be used to recertify WMI Wilderness First Responder.
Tuition is $275, and shared lodging is available for a reduced rate at their Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus ($35 per person, per night). For more information or to register call: 406-848-2400 or click here.

December 10, 2014
The winter season begins in Yellowstone on December 15th, 2014. Over-the-snow travel throughout the Park will open once again to snowmobiles and snowcoaches on Monday. The Park is technically open year-round but access is limited during the winter months. Motor vehicles can still travel between Gardiner, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. There are plenty of trails in the north section of Yellowstone that are still easily accessible for hiking or cross country skiing during the winter. Click here for details.

November 9, 2014
Yellowstone National Park Proposes Entrance and Backcountry Fee Restructuring
Yellowstone National Park is seeking public input on a proposal to increase the park’s entrance fees for the first time since 2006 and institute a backcountry overnight permit fee.

Under current legislation, 80 percent of the revenue from entrance fees is allowed to remain in the park and used on projects which benefit park visitors. In Yellowstone, revenue from entrance fees has allowed the park to spend approximately $4 million per year on a variety of projects including road repairs, campground upgrades, improving accessibility for people with disabilities, rehabilitation of park structures, and utility systems repairs.
Yellowstone is proposing several changes to park entrance fees. 

Currently, visitors pay $25 for a 7-day pass for a single, non-commercial vehicle entry into both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, with the current cost of an annual two-park pass at $50.

The park is proposing to offer a 3-day Yellowstone only pass for $30. A 7-day pass good for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would be available for $50. An annual pass to Yellowstone only will be $60. Those entering the park by motorcycle or snowmobile are currently charged $20 for a 7-day pass honored at both parks. The proposal is to offer a 3-day Yellowstone only pass valid for $25 and a 7-day pass for $40 honored at both parks. Individuals who enter the park on foot, bicycle, skis, or as snowcoach passengers currently pay $12 for a 7-day pass. That would be increased to $15 for 1-3 days in Yellowstone, or $25 for 7 days at both parks. The Interagency Pass rates will remain the same: Annual ($80), Senior ($10), Access and Military ($0).

These proposed changes would result in additional annual revenue of approximately $3 million dollars for Yellowstone National Park, which would be used to continue or enhance projects such as Yellowstone cutthroat trout restoration, maintenance for the park’s 7 campgrounds, preservation maintenance on park roads, improved restroom facilities, reconstruction and rehabilitation of trails including Tower Falls, and a new North Entrance Station facility.

Additionally, the park is proposing to institute a fee for overnight backcountry permits to help recover costs associated with operating the park’s backcountry program. In the past, Yellowstone has not charged an overnight backcountry permit fee, but a reservation fee has been charged since 1996.

The proposed backcountry camping permit fee would be $3 per person (age 9 and older) per night with a maximum party limit of $15 per night for backpackers. Stock groups would be charged $5 per person per night with no maximum fee limit. The current $25 fee for trips reserved more than 48 hours in advance would remain the same.

Users would be able to purchase an Annual Backcountry Pass for $25 which would exempt that individual from the per-person per-night fee.

Additional revenue from overnight backcountry permit fees would be used to help to sustain the current level of service that visitors expect and ensure that Yellowstone can continue to provide service at multiple locations throughout the park.

The current revenue stream from advance reservations covers 17% of the cost to operate all backcountry offices, while the proposed fee is expected to raise backcountry fee revenue to approximately 43% of the cost to operate backcountry offices.

The public is encouraged to attend one of the following public meetings to learn more about the proposed fee changes:
• Tuesday, Nov 11 in Cody, WY.: Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill Village 6:30-8:00 pm
• Wednesday, Nov 12 in Jackson, WY.: The Lexington 6:30-8:00 pm
• Tuesday, Nov 18 in Bozeman, MT.: Hilton Garden Inn 6:30-8:00 pm

Comments may also be hand-delivered during normal business hours to the mailroom in the park’s Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, at one of the public scoping meetings, or mailed to: Management Assistant Office, Attn: Entrance Fee Proposal, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190.

Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any other way than those specified above. All comments must be received by midnight MST on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

November 8, 2014
West Yellowstone Events

Nov. 15: Annual Ski Swap
Nov. 25-29: Yellowstone Ski Festival
Dec. 18: Christmas Stroll - Theme is You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch!
Dec. 18-20: Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races (meet the mushers & teams at the Stroll)
Dec. 20 & 21: Kids'N'Snow Weekend

Yellowstone Park Interior Roads are now closed to motorized travel. Visitors can still hike, bike (or ski) into the Park. The West Gate will open Dec. 15 to over-the-snow travel (snowcoach and snowmobile).

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