Gardiner

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park releases steam into the bright blue sky, May 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Yellowstone National Park is famous for its explosive geysers, bubbling mud pots and psychedelic hot springs. Some visitors don’t realize it’s all part of a very large, active volcanic system. Others worry it’s going to erupt at any moment. Michael Poland, the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, busts some myths and shares what’s really happening below the surface.

Richard Parks' shows one of the fishing flies in Park's Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT, May 16, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Tourism is the economic lifeblood for many gateway communities around Yellowstone National Park. In Gardiner, Montana, a second-generation fly shop is gearing up for its busiest season.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cameron (Cam) Sholly in his office at Mammoth Hot Springs, November 2018.
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The new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says shuttles could be the key to easing congestion, though he doesn't think recent growth in visitor numbers will continue. Cam Sholly, who came to Yellowstone last October, adds the park can’t solve its bison management problems without better cooperation between the state of Montana and American Indian tribes.

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A partial shutdown of the federal government has left national parks understaffed, including one of Montana’s biggest tourist-attractions: Yellowstone National Park.

The park is a massive revenue generator for the gateway communities, and at least one community is making sure that remains true.

The north entrance is open, and the tour companies, restaurants, and other businesses in Gardiner are running as usual.