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Category Archives: Yellowstone National Park

The Most Clever National Park Social Media Accounts

Since 1916, the National Park Service has protected and preserved over 400 parks and monuments in the United States. While the employees at these cultural champions and nature lovers take their responsibilities seriously, they also know how to cut loose online with oddball antics and wisecracks.    These are the NPS social media accounts we go […]

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A New Podcast Shows the Dark Side of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Hunt

Forrest Fenn’s treasure could bring out the worst in people. Few know that better than journalist and former Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright, who first wrote about the late millionaire’s hidden chest—and the obsessives who searched for it—for Outside magazine in 2015. That feature story, “On the Hunt for America’s Last Great Treasure,” wasn’t the […]

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Where Outside’s Editors Traveled This Summer

This was the summer we all longed to get back out there, despite skyrocketing gas prices and long flight delays. From close-to-home adventures to far-flung explorations, here’s where some Outside editors traveled this season, their secret finds, and the gear that made their trips all that much better. Alpenglow Expeditions’ Loophole route is one of […]

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Yellowstone Employees Found a Human Foot Floating in a Hot Spring

The U.S. Park Service has launched an investigation after an employee at Yellowstone National Park discovered a shoe with a partial human foot in it floating in a hot spring, the agency said. The gruesome discovery occurred on Tuesday at the Abyss Pool, located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the far western shores […]

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Why National Parks Keep Flooding This Summer

On August 8, Joshua Tree National Park announced that its southern entrance, as well as a five-mile stretch of Pinto Basin Road, between Porcupine Wash and Turkey Flats, was closed due to severe flooding caused by monsoonal rains. Vehicles were damaged. Visitors had to be evacuated. Though the roads were cleared and reopened just two […]

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Subpar Parks Makes Art Out of Hilariously Bad National Park Reviews

Illustrator and hand lettering artist Amber Share turns really bad reviews of national parks, monuments, and other public lands from Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor into art. Share has a healthy Instagram following and sells postcards, puzzles, and posters of her work. We spoke with her to learn more about her illustrations and rounded up our […]

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“If You Want to See Yellowstone without the Crowds, This Is the Best Summer Ever to Visit”

On Sunday, I rafted the Yellowstone River, just north of Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner is one of two gateway towns currently cut off from Yellowstone National Park, after record floods destroyed roads, houses, and critical infrastructure throughout the region last month. The river was one of the hardest hit by the floods, and I was worried […]

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Yellowstone Roads Will Soon Be 93 Percent Open. That Doesn’t Mean We Can Forget the Flood.

In June, Nathan Varley, co-owner of the guiding business Yellowstone Wolf Tracker, had plans to meet a group from North Carolina. “We were going to do wildlife watching, hopefully find some bulls and bears in Lamar Valley,” he said. Varley was in Gardiner, Montana, on the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park, while the visitors […]

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How to Avoid Crowds in the 10 Most Popular National Parks

National parks broke dozens of attendance records last year, making this summer a challenging time to visit any of the sites on the top-ten list. Add to that the strict reservation systems implemented by many, and planning ahead is more crucial than ever. The National Park Services’ official stance on the matter is simple: explore […]

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How to Visit Yellowstone After the Flood

On June 12, Yellowstone National Park and nearby communities in southwest Montana experienced historic flooding, wiping out key infrastructure and forcing all visitors to evacuate. This week, the National Park Service announced $50 million in emergency funding that will enable 80 percent of the park to reopen sooner than anyone anticipated. Here’s what to expect […]

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