Star gazing in Yellowstone with Tom Murphy

By Tom Murphy:
Yellowstone is a wonderful place to watch the stars because there is little or no ambient  human light to clutter up the dark sky. Looking south in the middle of the night our Milky Way Galaxy extends from the horizon up into the sky  and across to the north. Our personal

Don’t Take A Wooden Nickel From An Out-of-Town Prospector

Just when you thought there couldn’t be another genuinely bad mining proposal along Montana’s historic tourist corridor to Yellowstone National Park, lo and behold, here’s another: Months after Lucky Minerals initiated the early stages of a massive gold mining operation on the flanks of Emigrant Peak above Chico Hot Springs, now Crevice Mining Group wants to dig for

Hike of the Week: Emigrant Creek

Exploring our Wild Backyard: Emigrant Creek 

We spent last Friday afternoon exploring the lush canyon at the mouth of Emigrant Gulch. Even in the heart of winter, water is everywhere. Water and ice. Somewhere beneath our feet is an unmapped series of fissures and channels where water is super heated by magma that is used by Chico Hot

Exploring our Wild Backyard

Our Wild Backyard

What a gift to live in Park County. We are surrounded by beautiful river valleys couched in wild mountains; forests, ranches and open lands; undammed rivers teaming with trout; wilderness that is home to sacred animals, grizzly bear, lynx and wolves — this a special place. This is our home.

These are a few of

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Emigrant Peak by Bret De Young
Photo by Bret De Young #challengeonnaturephotography
Preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Park County.


Yellowstone Gateway Mine Update

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Dear Park County,
Thank you. 

Well, it’s been warm and windy, but nonetheless, my love for this community grows deeper every day.

Last week we accomplished something special together: our federal and state land managers responded to

Upcoming Events: Week of August 17th

Join us on Wednesday in Bozeman for a community “write-in.”

Please join community leaders, the Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for a community “write-in” — an opportunity for our friends in Bozeman to learn about Lucky Mineral’s proposal and to express opposition to proposed mineral exploration in the

Community Meeting in Gardiner August 10th Concerning Emigrant Mine Exploration

Please join community leaders, the Park County Environmental Council, and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for a community meeting in Gardiner to discuss a proposed mineral exploration project in Emigrant Gulch. Learn how you can help protect the integrity of Yellowstone National Park, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Yellowstone River, the Historic Chico Hot Springs and

Extended Comment Period & Expanded Review for Emigrant Mine Exploration

Congratulations, people of Park County! You’ve delivered a wake up call to our federal and state agencies. The Forest Service is expanding the scope of its environmental review to include Lucky Minerals’ proposed exploration for gold on private land in Emigrant Gulch and DEQ will now consider public comment on this project.

We have the momentum