With sustained funding, the Yellowstone Park Foundation will be able to address the Park’s emerging and anticipated needs in the area of Visitor Experience, such as:
- Trail crews will return in the summer of 2012 for a final round of project work on the Blacktail Trail. Beginning in the summer of 2010, a major restoration project on the Blacktail Trail was undertaken by Yellowstone trail crews and Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) volunteers. Crews demolished and rebuilt deteriorated concrete bridge abutment foundations and towers on the 228-foot Blacktail Suspension Bridge. The bridge spans the Yellowstone River in a backcountry area between Mammoth and Tower Falls. Phase two of the project occurred in 2011 and entailed work on deck, railing and retaining wall structural improvements. The third phase, in 2012, will address reconstruction of the adjacent multi-tiered, drystone retaining walls, and final clean up and travel-impact mitigation in the area.
- Additional "Virtual Hikes" will be added to Yellowstone National Park's website, following the success of the first one, which offers an informative tour of highlights of the Upper Geyser Basin.