Tag Archives: 2020

September Yellowstone visitation sets record

Yellowstone River drainage NPS

So much for COVID-19 dampening enthusiasm for regional travel: September Yellowstone visitation set an all-time record, according to numbers released today by the National Park Service.

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Still no Lone Star Fire growth, but spread expected

Lone Star Fire

Still no Lone Star Fire growth in the past few days, but Yellowstone National Park officials expect to see some with warmer temperatures and drier conditions.

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No recent Lone Star Fire spread, but that should change

Lone Star Fire

Cool, wet weather put a hold on the Yellowstone National Park Lone Star Fire growth, but warmer, drier weather in the upcoming week should give it ample fuel for a future spread.

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Gusty winds fuel Lone Star Fire spread

Lone Star Fire map

Warm temperatures and gusty winds boosted a Lone Star Fire spread to 960 acres yesterday, as the blaze moved into unburned pockets along the fire’s edge throughout the day.

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Giantess Geyser awakens after six-plus years

Giantess Geyser

Taking another break from a long slumber: we saw a Giantess Geyser eruption for the first time since January 2014, a spectacular site broadcast worldwide via Yellowstone webcam.

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100% success: No positives among pending Yellowstone COVID-19 testing

North Entrance 2020

There were 43,019 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States today, but none of them came from Yellowstone National Park, as NPS officials reported that all pending Yellowstone COVID-19 testing came back negative.

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Yellowstone fire danger now rated very high

Midway Geyser Basin crowds, NPS

With the summer season upon us and anecdotal evidence of crowds returning, it’s important to note that the Yellowstone fire danger is now currently rated as very high by the National Park Service.

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First Yellowstone COVID-19 positive tests reported

Yellowstone social distancing

We have the first Yellowstone COVID-19 positive tests in the books, as two concessions employees and three separate visitors reported symptoms and subsequently tested positive.

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More 2020 Yellowstone lodging set to open in July

Washburn Lodge, Canyon

If you plan on a July-October visit, you’ll have more options when it comes to 2020 Yellowstone lodging, as concessionaire Xanterra plans on opening Lake, Canyon and Old Faithful Snow Lodge rooms for the rest of the season.

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No positives in 2nd round of Yellowstone employee COVID-19 testing

Old Faithful Visitor Center

A second round of COVID-19 testing for Yellowstone employees yielded no positives, as coronavirus pandemic mitigation measures seem to be doing the job as more and more visitors return.

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