Bison, Not Buffalo

The animal that most Americans call a buffalo is actually a bison. There are only 2 buffalo types in the world, and those are the Water Buffalo (found in Asia) and the Cape Buffalo (found in Africa). Early American settlers called bison “bufello” due to the similar appearance between the two animals, and the name

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48 Hours in West Yellowstone: How to Make the Most Out of an Outdoorsy Weekend

The small town of West Yellowstone, nestled at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is ruggedly Western yet comfortably homey in a way that echoes the landscape surrounding America’s first national park. Small-town hospitality, Western grandeur, and a decidedly outdoorsy lifestyle combine to create an authentic experience at the doorway to some of North

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Wildlife Viewing & Birdwatching

Yellowstone Park and our surrounding national forests offer wildlife viewing and birdwatching year-round. You will see bison migrating to their calving grounds, elk bugling during rut, antelope babies playing tag, and bear cubs rolling in the meadow under their mother’s watchful eye. Excellent birding surrounds West Yellowstone. Serious bird-watchers can explore the trails, forests, and

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Staying Safe in Bear Country

“Bear Friendly” means allowing every bear to retain its wild and free nature. Young grizzly bears. Spring is the time when bears and cubs emerge from their winter dens. Please enjoy our wildlife, especially bears, safely and responsibly. Being bear-friendly in Montana is a commitment. It may mean sacrificing the opportunity to see a bear

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Yellowstone National Park History: Yancey’s Pleasant Valley Hotel

Yancey’s Pleasant Valley Hotel in Yellowstone National Park Haynes 1887 winter expedition at Yancey’s; Photographer unknown; 1887 In the year 1826 in Barren County, Kentucky John F. Yancey was born.  At that time no one realized that he would one day have an impact on Yellowstone National Park.  Yancey was the 6th of ten children

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