Summary: Due to the lack of moisture throughout the park in the last several days, the fire danger level in Yellowstone has been elevated to Extreme. Fire restrictions are still in effect. Fire activity has increased on two fires in the central portion of the park, and smoke may be visible from several areas along the Grand Loop Road from Norris to Canyon Village and south to Fishing Bridge.
Cygnet Fire: This lightning caused fire was discovered Friday afternoon, August 10, about 5 miles southeast of Norris Junction. Visual inspections during overflights over the weekend have estimated its size at 87 acres. Two 20-person firefighting crews are working to prepare a utility corridor south of the Norris to Canyon road in case the fire reaches that area, and they will continue to monitor the fire. As a precaution, the Cygnet Lakes Trail is closed temporarily in its entirety. Smoke may become visible from several areas throughout the park. Continue reading →
The Hoodoo Basin, in the northeast part of the park, is beautiful but remote. From the Soda Butte hikers’ trailhead in the Lamar Valley, it takes around 17 miles of hiking up the Lamar River and Miller Creek, and then a 2,000 foot climb and an additional six miles or so to reach the actual Hoodoos. It’s beautiful country, and not seen by many people. Over the six days I was on the Miller Creek trail and exploring the Hoodoo Basin beyond, I saw two backpacking couples and one horse party. And for one three-day period, while I was on the most remote part of the route, I didn’t see anybody at all. Continue reading →
The fire danger level in Yellowstone has been lowered to Very High. Fire restrictions are still in effect. Thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday brought lightning and rain to the northern third of the park, followed by moderate temperatures and sunshine on Saturday. Light fire activity continues and firefighters are being released.
The lightning caused fire was discovered Friday afternoon, August 10, about 5 miles southeast of Norris Junction. Firefighters estimated its size at 1/10 of an acre and are continuing to monitor its activity. Smoke may become visible from Cygnet Lakes Trail and Mary Mountain Trail in Hayden Valley. Continue reading →
Yellowstone National Park has completed its annual summer bison population abundance monitoring.
Three airplane surveys were conducted with a high count of the population at 4,230 bison. There are approximately 2,600 bison in the Northern herd and 1,600 in the Central herd this summer. There were about 600 calves-of-the-year observed in a June aerial survey. Continue reading →
Yellowstone National Park is home to some 10,000 thermal features, over 500 hundred of which are geysers. In fact, Yellowstone contains the majority of the worlds geysers. Old Faithful is the most popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park, and everyone who visits for the first time should watch this most famous of geysers erupt. Although neither the highest or most regular geyser in the Park, it is spectacular. Learn more about Yellowstone's Geysers hereHistory: The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. From about 11,000 years ago to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes. These traditional uses of Yellowstone lands continued until a little over 200 years ago when the first people of European descent found their way into the park. In 1872 a country that had not yet seen its first centennial established Yellowstone as the first national park in the world. A new concept was born and with it a new way for people to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. More HistoryGeology: At the heart of Yellowstone’s past, present, and future lies volcanism. Catastrophic volcanic eruptions occurred here
About 2 million years ago,
then 1.2 million years ago,
and then again 600,000 years ago.
The latest eruption spewed out nearly 240 cubic miles of debris.
In recent years, much public attention has focused on the fact that Yellowstone sits astride one of the world's largest active volcanic systems. Questions routinely arise in regards to the likelihood of a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone and the impact of such an eruption.More Geology