The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide provides recreation information for Yellowstone
and the mountain resort
gateway communities of the Greater Yellowstone region of
Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Serving the communities
of Jackson Hole, Teton Valley, Island Park, Idaho Falls,
Swan Valley, Star Valley, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone
Park, Bozeman Montana, Big Sky, Paradise Valley, West Yellowstone, Cody Wyoming, the Wind River Valley and Pinedale.
The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide is a work in progress and will never be finished because our areas gifts are to plentiful and there is always something new to find.
The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide suports Wyoming Wildlife Advocates. Wyoming Wildlife Advocates formed to promote a rational, science-based approach to wildlife management throughout the state of Wyoming. WWA will encourage policies that will maintain a healthy, natural balance — or dynamic equilibrium —between predator and prey species. We acknowledge that fluctuations occur among populations, but we believe this is natural and that the hand of man must lay lightly upon the reins.
Northern lights inspire local photographers
The northern lights put on a show this week, to the delight of sky watchers and photographers from Bozeman to West Yellowstone.
"It looked crazy Monday night," said Jeremy Weber, editor of the West Yellowstone News. "It's one of the most amazing things you get to see in nature."
Weber knew the aurora borealis would be visible thanks to the Soft Serve News website, which forecast about an hour ahead of time when the lights will be strong................ rest of story
Northern lights over Fall Creek Falls in Swan Valley Idaho. Photo by Daryl L.Hunter
Kayakers enjoying a day onLeigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park
If you've ever looked into the eyes of a testosterone-infused bull elk at a distance of about 6 ft, you know what pure wild fury looks like. The last time it happened to me I was too petrified to move (or take photos!). Likewise, the look bison sometimes get in their eyes sends shivers down my spine. This usually happens during the early-autumn breeding period, but bison are completely unpredictable and they can go off at any time of year............ rest of story
At a Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee / Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meeting last week, James Walks Along who is the historic preservation officer for the Northern Cheyenne tribe, was thrown off the stage and refused opportunity to speak on behalf of his tribe. Photo courtesy of GOAL Tribal Coalition
Tribes 'disrespected' by federal and state officials in Grizzly Bear delisting fight By Elizabeth Wolf
CODY, Wyo. – James Walks Along was forced to abandon an address to the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the joint federal and state Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) by Brian Nesvik, IGBC Chair and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Wildlife Division Chief, at the committee's spring meeting in Cody, Wyoming.
As usual, the government doesn't give a crap about America's Natives. ................... Rest of Story
Addendum to story ~
Tribes seek removal of federal grizzly bear czar
Publisher's note: The government isn't going to let anyone stand in their way of delisting grizzy bears because hunts will sell for $30,000 and money trumps nature.
Twelve Tribal Nations have called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to remove the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, Dr. Chris Servheen, after questioning his "fitness to participate in this process."........ More
The extreme DISRESPECT shown to the Northern Cheyenne Nation by Wyoming State public officials, extended across Indian Country to all nations as James Walks Along ( a THPO representative speaking on behalf of his tribal president) was asked to leave.
At the YES-IGBC spring meeting in Cody, WY, Dan Thompson of Wyoming Game and Fish gave a presentation entitled '"Grizzly Bear Management on Tribal Lands - Collaborations between WGFD, USFWS, and IGBST." There was no tribal input to the presentation, but alarmingly, when James Walks Along rose on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne tribal government, to present their recently passed tribal resolution, his microphone was unplugged and he was told to get off the stage.
James Walks Along later said... "I was shocked by the disrespect I received from the Fish and Wildlife Service. They disrespected me and my tribe by not allowing me to read the Northern Cheyenne tribe's resolution in opposition to delisting and trophy hunting the grizzly bear... They literally pulled the plug on me and escorted me out. Men approached me and I felt like I was being threatened. I was expecting security to escort me out, and that's the first time anything like that has happened to me. This showed disdain toward the government to government process, and it was disrespectful to all tribes.
The Bears are out
Spring his sprung and the bears are roaming the lowlands. May and June are the best times for bear viewing before the bears head for the high country were we have so few roads.
Wolf pack is biggest in West
The largest wolf pack known to exist in the American West roams the Gros Ventre hill country about 30 miles northeast of Jackson.
At last count there were 24 members of the Lava Mountain Pack, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual monitoring reports show. While far from unprecedented historically, a wolf pack two dozen strong has nine more members than any other pack surveyed this year in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington or Oregon, state and federal reports indicate. "That's a very large pack," said Mike Jimenez, the service's Northern Rocky Mountain wolf coordinator.----------> rest of story
A Case for Collars • By Keith Crowley
As a wildlife photographer I have a real love/hate relationship with radio telemetry collars. All photographers live in a world of aesthetics, and most wildlife photographers try capture natural animal behavior in natural settings with as little apparent human influence as possible. Even something as ephemeral as a jet's vapor trail in the sky can destroy a wild image. The permanence of collars (and ear tags, too) placed by human hands on wild animals is impossible to ignore.......................For my part, I think are few truly valid reasons not to collar wolves in Yellowstone. But there is also one really good one, and in the interest of open discussion, some points are worth exploring:..............rest of story
Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story
The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.
In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.
As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.
The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision. The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.
In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.
If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz. But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info
Yellowstone National Park: highlights
Locals like to say there's never a bad day in Yellowstone. But some activities are better than others. Near the top of my list is a slow drive along the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. The easy trail to Storm Point is worth a half hour's walk, or more if the wind is calm and the boulders are comfortable for sitting. A few miles east, a side road leads to Lake Butte Overlook which offers views across North America's largest alpine lake to the Teton range 100 miles south. This is a good place to be at sunset........................ rest of story
Yellowstone Volcano Warning?
Yellowstone National Park is fighting viral rumors that the park's bison are fleeing an impending supervolcano eruption. Officials told Reuters that they've been fielding dozens of calls and emails since a video of galloping bison went viral this week in the wake of an earthquake at Yellowstone. They said the video actually shows the animals running down a paved road that leads deeper into the park................. rest of story
Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park
Greater Yellowstone Communities
Hole, WY • Jackson Hole WY is nestled between the Grand Teton and
Gros Ventre mountain ranges. It is home of Grand Teton
National Park. Jackson Hole is the southern gateway to
Yellowstone National Park. The Snake River Flows through
the Valley and the Grand Tetons tower above it at 13,770
feet above sea level. Jackson Hole is also home to the
national Elk Refuge where thousands of elk winter right
outside of the town of Jackson. Jackson Hole is known
as the best of the old west. -------------> More About Jackson Hole
Teton Valley Idaho •Teton Valley lies along the eastern
border of Idaho, snug against the 13,000' peaks of
the Grand Teton range. We share the Tetons with our
neighboring valley to the east, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Folks describe Teton Valley as "the quiet side
of the Tetons." --------------> More about Teton Valley
Bozeman Montana • Bozeman Montana was established in 1863, in Gallatin County which is 2,517 square miles in size. To put this in perspective, Gallatin County is larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware. Much of surrounding countryside is fertile farm fields, and over 40% is managed by the U.S. Forest Service which provides excellent recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Agriculture continues to be the number one industry of the area, and wheat, and barley fields and picturesque old barns dot the landscape.The great active lifestyle magazine, Outside Magazine, has rated Bozeman on of the 15 best “sport cities” in the country. Bozeman received this recognition because of outstanding opportunities for fly-fishing, downhill skiing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. Bozeman is an angler's paradise with several outstanding streams and rivers within an hour's drive.----------------------> More about Bozeman
Yellowstone National Park • Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone
National Park is the first and oldest national park
in the world. Preserved within Yellowstone are Old
Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers,
the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal
wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest
active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater
or caldera that spans almost half of the park. An outstanding mountain wildland with
clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly
bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and
elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,
one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems
remaining on the planet. ----------------------> more about Yellowstone
Island Park ID • Island Park Idaho is In the heart
of Targhee National Forest, whether you are interested
in historical landmarks, fly fishing, hiking, camping
horseback riding, hunting,snowmobiling or just on your
way through to Yellowstone, Island Park’s natural
splendor will captivate you. Most people think of an
island as something belonging in an ocean. But deep
within the boundaries of the Targhee National Forest
lies an almost magical island that offers all of this
and more. --------------------> More about Island Park
Star Valley Wyoming • Star Valley is located 30 miles south of Jackson Hole, a
beautiful valley dotted with farms and a mountainous
topography tucked between the Salt River Range in western
Wyoming and the Webster Range of eastern Idaho. Three
national forests surround Star Valley, Bridger-Teton
National Forest, Caribou National Forest, and the Targhee
National. Star Valley Wyoming. The Snake and Greys River
inter the valley on the north side and dump into 20 mile
long Palisades Lake and the Salt River winds through
its center. Star Valley provides great access for the
outdoorsman and is home to world class hunting and fishing.
Star Valley Is a rich place to visit or live.------------------> More about Star Valley
Idaho Falls ID • On the banks of the Snake River at the foot of west
slope of the northern Rockies lies Idaho Falls Idaho
a beautiful farming, ranching, and high tech community.
As a gateway community to Yellowstone and Grand Teton
National parks and a hub for the best wild trout fishing
in the lower 48 states Idaho Falls is also a great recreational
community. ------------------------> More about Idaho Falls
Swan Valley Idaho • Swan Valley, Irwin and Palisades are the communities
that comprise the scenic valley that nestle along the
banks of the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades
Dam, collectively known as Swan Valley, one of the premier
tail water dry-fly fisheries in North America. With the
Big Hole Range to the north, the Caribou Mountains to
the south and the Palisades Range to the east, splendid
panoramas abound and year-round outdoor activities are
a magnet for sportsmen and adventurers. The surrounding
mountains provide some of the best hunting, horseback
riding, hiking, mountain biking etc. to be found anywhere.---------------------> More about Swan Valley
Grand Teton National Park • Established in 1929, Grand
Teton National Park emerged from a complicated and
controversial series of events. The park first consisted
of the mountain range and several glacial lakes. Later
the valley floor was protected as Jackson Hole National
Monument. The two areas were combined in 1950............... Today the park encompasses
nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range,
Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of
the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry
and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife and
plant species............... The park is also rich in
a cultural history that includes seven eras of human
history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans
(modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers,
conservationists, and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking
and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird
watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling,
and photography are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year,
most visit between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.---------------> More about Grand Teton National Park
Wind River Valley, WY • The Wind River Valley a is where ancient geology meets today’s adventurer, where an adventurous day of moving cattle from horseback, can be followed by an evening of fine dining and fine art. Wide expanses of country enrich the senses, from sage on the morning air, or the cry of an eagle, to the sight of majestic snow-covered mountain peaks. The vivid landscape is rich with the juxtaposition of a festival of the color, sounds, and sights of breathtaking wonder. The Red Desert’s Badlands stand starkly against the stark contrast of the magnificent Absaroka and Wind River mountains that serrate the skyline in the background. The deep curve of the Wind River Valley is shaped by the snowcapped Wind River Range to the West and the Absaroka and Owl Creek ranges on the east, forming a cottonwood-lined bottom that many consider one of the most beautiful areas in Wyoming. --------> More about the Wind River Valley
Pinedale Wyoming • Pinedale is located on the eastern flank of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-system and is home to more than 100,000 big game animals including Continental America's longest big game migration route and a crucial link to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem The largest publicly-owned big game winter range in the GYE The largest mule deer herd in U.S. and one of the west's last best sage grouse habitats. Deer and antelope outnumber residents by ten to one and are commonly seen year-round. Elk, mule deer, antelope, wolves, moose, grizzly and black bear, and many other wildlife species call Sublette County home. The Upper Green River Valley is also a world-class fishery – Life Is Good! ------------------------> More about Pinedale
West Yellowstone Montana • West Yellowstone, Montana is the western gateway to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. West Yellowstone nurtures the charm of small western town snuggled into a spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. West Yellowstone is the perfect vacation destination for the nature lover and outdoorsman. West Yellowstone has a wonderful sense of history and prides itself on the way they have taken care of Yellowstone Park visitors since Yellowstone Parks founding n 1872. With all that experience, West Yellowstone has the lodging, restaurants, and services to show its guests a real good time.---------------> More about West Yellowstone
Cody Wyoming • The past is always present in Cody Wyoming. This part of Wyoming represents the last of the true West. Cody is what America was; a place cowboy culture survives the retro heartbeat of the west.The high plains to mountains vista is spectacular, the land is wild, the people are genuinely friendly and the opportunities for outdoor adventure, recreation, education, and entertainment are as large and varied as the Wyoming skies.----------------> More about Cody
Red Lodge Montana • Red Lodge, Montana is one of several gateways to Yellowstone Park however, it is the only gateway that has the beautiful Beartooth Highway as the gate. Come and experience true western hospitality in this quaint, historic, mountain town. Today, Red Lodge is still a working agricultural town. Thanks in no small part to the town’s preservation of and appreciation for its colorful past, it’s also a fascinating destination where history is not so much a thing of the past as it is a vibrant part of the present...............Red Lodge features beautiful ranch lands, flowing rivers, spring creeks, and abundant wildlife. Mule deer enjoy the open range and grasslands available to them in outside Red Lodge, Yellowstone elk come down from the mountain tops to spend the winters, grizzly bears often visit to provide a thrill or a scare, moose are also abundant and wolves wander in and out of the valley.----------------> More about Red Lodge
Paradise Valley Montana • This gem on the northern border of Yellowstone received It's named “Paradise Valley” for good reason, this premier Montana vacation spot has perfect summers and mild winters with spectacular views of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges under the famed Montana "big sky." The close proximity to Yellowstone Park; the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Paradise Valley the perfect place to vacation. Besides having the Legendary fly-fishing River “The Yellowstone” flowing through its center, world class Spring Creeks; private lakes and other fishing streams draw anglers from around the world. World class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the unlimited recreational opportunities available here in Paradise Valley. Many fine Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.----------------> More about Paradise Valley
Big Sky Montana• The Mountain Village of Big Sky is blessed with amazing beauty compliments of the Gallatin Mountain Range and more activities than a mere mortal could ever dream of doing. During summer you can fly-fish, hike, bike, raft, horseback ride, golf, camp, watch wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the scenery while trying to figure out how to do it all. Winter provides for some of the best downhill skiing in America; offering a combined 5600 acres of pure adventure. Nordic skiing, dog-sledding, trips to Yellowstone and moonlit sleigh ride dinners complete the winter experience. ----------------------------> More about Big Sky Montana